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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 31, 2005

Film Series Provides Access To Rarely Seen Movies In Central, Eastern Europe

These aren't your normal Hollywood blockbusters. Through a series of contemporary films from Central and Eastern Europe, the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) invites the community to take a glimpse into this diverse region. Now through May 4, a new movie will be shown at 7 p.m. every Wednesday in room 212 of Phillips Hall on the University of Iowa campus, excluding the week of March 15.

The countries of the Central-East Europe region have gone through turbulent social and economic changes throughout the past 15 years, according to CREEES Interim Director Diana Davies. These events have caused tremendous changes in the film production of the countries involved, she added. These films, made between 1992 and 2004, encompass various genres including comedy, drama, historical spectacles, and love stories.

The second film in the series, "Fine Dead Girls," will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2 in room 212 of Phillips Hall on the UI campus. This 2002 film from Croatia centers on a lesbian couple, Iva and Maria, who decide to rent an apartment together. The couple meets many seedy characters in their apartment building including a prostitute, a former soldier, a young man who enjoys the company of skinheads and an old man who keeps his wife's death a secret in order to continue collecting her pension. Their problems begin when one of their neighbors falls in love with Iva and has a hard time accepting her sexual orientation.

For a schedule of the films, please visit

For more information or special accommodations to attend any of these films, contact Sasa Milic at or; or call the CREEES office at 319-335-1439.

CREEES was established within UI International Programs to respond to a series of new challenges and new opportunities posed by the profound changes under way in Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia. The Center works to encourage and support individual and collaborative projects across UI colleges and professional schools. These projects involve: innovative ways to educate students so they can respond effectively to the region's challenges and opportunities; research and other creative activity by University of Iowa faculty and students that generates insights into the theoretical and professional issues arising in these societies; and making the varied programs of the center available to the community, the region and the nation.

CREEES is part of UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and training.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Writer: Kent Nguyen