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


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.”

Film Review & Commentary

Film Reviews
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.

Sink, or Swim

In the comedic British film, “Swimming with Men,” stayin’ alive is the challenge facing Eric, a middle-aged accountant executive whose hum-drum career, marriage and family life has become so utterly and predictably dull and meaningless that his only escape is swimming solo laps after work. That is, until one day he finds himself sinking – both literally and metaphorically -- to the bottom of the pool. Then he opens his eyes and sees before him the unlikeliest form of re-immersion, initiation and rebirth. His revelatory discovery is that it’s all about coming alive once again, while he’s in the water. To read the full Mountain Shadow review, click on the image above.