COMING ATTRACTIONS

OUR APRIL SHOW

Screening in San Francisco and Berkeley in March, but this film is brought exclusively to Walnut Creek by Mountain Shadow in April!

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Fri. April 12th - 7:30 PM
Sat. April 13th - 4:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Sat. April 20th - 4:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Oak View Room - Walnut Creek Library
[1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek]
For non-Members, a limited number of $12 general admission tickets will be available on a first-come basis, beginning 30 minutes before show times.

A New York Times “Critic’s Pick” - In writer/director Christian Petzold’s brilliant and haunting film TRANSIT, a German refugee named Georg (Franz Rogowski, Happy End, Victoria) flees to Marseille, assuming the identity of a recently deceased writer whose papers he is carrying. There he delves into the delicate and complex culture of the refugee community, becoming enmeshed in the lives of a young mother and son and falling for a mysterious woman named Marie (Paula Beer, Never Look Away, Frantz). Adapted from Anna Segher’s 1942 novel, TRANSIT transposes the original story to the present, blurring periods to create a timeless exploration of the plight of displaced people. From the director of Phoenix and Barbara. (Fully subtitled) Trailer

Included in this show is an experimental short film by Dongjun Kim, “Revolutionaries on the Bridge.”

Included in this show is an experimental short film by Dongjun Kim, “Revolutionaries on the Bridge.”

COMING IN MAY

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Fri. May 10th - 7:30 PM
Sat. May 11th - 4:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Sat. May 18th - 4:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Oak View Room - Walnut Creek Library
[1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek]
For non-Members, a limited number of $12 general admission tickets will be available on a first-come basis, beginning 30 minutes before show times.

“ONE LAST DEAL” - Playing only a few festivals before its US commercial release, Mountain Shadow brings this Danish film exclusively to Walnut Creek! Synopsis: An elderly art dealer Olavi is about to retire. A man who has always put business and art before everything - even his family - cannot imagine life without work. At an auction, an old painting catches his attention. Olavi suspects it is worth much more than its starting price, which is low because its authenticity hasn’t been confirmed. Olavi’s instincts kick in. He decides to make one last deal. He buys the painting, but when the auction house realizes their mistake with the original pricing, they turn against him. The old dealer must face both the auction house and his own past mistakes. Drama • NR • 98 min. In Danish, with English subtitles. Trailer

Included in this show is a delightful animated short film, “Two Balloons.”

Included in this show is a delightful animated short film, “Two Balloons.”



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Film Review & Commentary

Film Reviews
Claiming a Life Worth Living: Putting a Little Kindness Back in Humankind

“Capernaum” (“Chaos”) won Jury Prize at Cannes, and was a 2019 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. It was Mountain Shadow’s selection for April, 2019. While it is not based on a true story, it is the truest possible story; because all the people who portray all the fictional characters in the film Nadine Labaki wrote and directed are not professional actors, but ordinary, real people who depict what it means to be human. Capernaum is a tough, gritty, episodic film to watch; where the best and worst in human-kind are exposed in the chaos humans can experience, inflict on one another, and endure. Click on the image above to read the full Mountain Shadow Review.

A Life with a View

Like all bio-pics PAULA combines historical fact about the early 20th century expressionis artist with a filmmaker’s imagination that fills in those places of unknowing with universal themes found in what is most common and familiar to the human story. It is in this sense that PAULA is far more than an early women’s empowerment story, or pictorial lecture in art history. To read a Mountain Shadow review of our January selection, click on the photo above.