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Oscar-winner 'The Pianist' finally comes to Kalamazoo

May 2, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Thanks to the Kalamazoo Film Society, area residents will finally have an opportunity to see best director Oscar-winner Roman Polanski's "The Pianist," showing Friday through Sunday, May 9-11, at Western Michigan University's Little Theatre.

Show times have been changed from the typical KFS screenings because of the length of the film, and a Saturday matinee has been added. "The Pianist" will be shown at 7 and 10 p.m. Friday, May 9; at 4, 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, May 10; and at 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 11. Tickets are available at the door and are $5 for general admission and $3 for students.

Starring best actor Oscar-winner Adrien Brody, "The Pianist" is the story of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jewish musician who struggles to survive the destruction in the Warsaw ghetto of World War II. "The Pianist" is a heartbreaking portrait of survival in the face of evil. One of the most critically acclaimed films of 2002, "The Pianist" also won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay and garnered the following praise from A.O. Scott of the New York Times, "One of the very few nondocumentary movies about Jewish life and death under the Nazis that can be called definitive."

The Little Theatre is located at the corner of Oakland Drive and Oliver Street on Western Michigan University's East Campus. Free parking is available adjacent to the building. For more information, call the movie line at (269) 387-8221 or visit the Kalamazoo Film Society's Web site at <www.kalfilmsociety.net>.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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