FRIDAY. OCT. 13th - 7:30 PM
SATURDAY. OCT. 14th - 4:30 & 7:30 PM
SATURDAY. OCT. 21st - 7:30 PM
Oak View Room,
Walnut Creek Library
1644 N. Broadway St., Walnut Creek
$12 General Admission

Rigorously trained from an early age by a perfectionist instructor, Polina (played by Anastasia Shevtsova, a professional dancer who has performed with Saint Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre) is a promising classical ballet dancer. She is just about to join the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet when she discovers contemporary dance, a revelation that throws everything into question on a profound level. Diverting from her plan, she leaves all her exacting preparation behind and moves to France to work with famous choreographer Liria Elsaj (played by Academy Award®-winner Juliette Binoche who has danced with London-based dancer/choreographer Akram Khan). But once there she is quickly forced to grapple with the realization that determination and hard work don't always lead to success. 112 minutes - Not Rated - Language: Russian and French -

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Bonus: This show will also include the documentary short film by the Mill Valley filmmaker, Ingrid Serban, "Anuta, the Singing Woman."


"A one-of-a-kind work of art." - Variety

"Hypnotic and beguiling." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times


FRIDAY. NOV. 10th - 7:30 PM
SATURDAY. NOV. 11th - 4:30 PM & 7:30 PM
SATURDAY. NOV. 18th - 7:30 PM
Oak View Room,
Walnut Creek Library
1644 N. Broadway St., Walnut Creek
$12 General Admission

The world’s first fully oil painted feature film brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story.  65,000 frames of the film are hand-painted by 125 professional oil-painters. First shot as a live action film with actors, scenes are then hand-painted over frame-by-frame in oils. The final effect is an interaction of the performance of the actors playing Vincent’s famous portraits, , bringing these characters into the medium of paint. Animation, Mystery, Biopic- PG-13 -   94 min. Trailer


This show includes a delightful stop-motion animated short by Cait Davis, “Little Big Sky”  














Film Review & Commentary

Film Reviews
3rd Annual Short Film Competition

Mountain Shadow's 3rd Annual Short Film Competition was held on September 15th & 16th in the Las Lomas High School Theater. Thirteen filmmakers from across the country (as well as Nils from Belgium) presented their terrific collection of short films to a total audience of nearly 600! Each film was a winner in its own right. Click on the photo above to read the results of the combined audience ballots from the two shows and awards presented to the filmmakers! To watch a YouTube presentation of the filmmakers, click here.

Sounds of Silence

What better way to try to express the elusive and most inexplicable meanings to be discovered in our lives than in the finest expressions of language, art, music, and perhaps the most powerful form of modern communication, film? In this regard, Patrick Shen’s cinematic pursuit does an eloquent and masterful job of what one contributor in the film calls “the language of the great silent spaces.” You can read a full review of Mountain Shadow's selection for August, 2017, by clicking on the image above. Following his in-person presentation, the filmmaker sent the following message to Mountain Shadow: "Thanks so much for screening the film. I’m so impressed with the important work you’re doing to bring these “small” films to Walnut Creek. Your membership is engaged and thoughtful. A dream for a filmmaker. Thank you again." - Patrick Shen