COMING IN OCTOBER: Based on a true story, a suspense thriller that could make Hollywood jealous!

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Friday, Oct. 11th - 7:30 PM
Saturday, Oct. 12th - 4:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Saturday, Oct. 19th - 4:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Walnut Creek Library (1644 N. Broadway)
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.

“BALLOON” - Synopsis: It’s Summer, 1979, in Thüringen, Germany. The Strelzyk and Wetzel families have been working on an audacious plan for more than two years: they want to flee East Germany in a self-made hot-air balloon. But the balloon crash-lands just before the West German border. The Stasi finds traces of the attempted escape and launches immediately an investigation, while the two families are forced, under extreme time pressure, to build a new escape balloon. The Stasi get closer and closer each day – a nerve-racking battle against the clock begins… - Thriller, Historical - 125 min. - from Germany – 2019 In German, English Subtitles Trailer


The 42nd Mill Valley Film Festival takes place Oct. 3-13, and Mountain Shadow’s director looks for the best upcoming new releases; often finding a gem to snatch for our November and/or December shows. Watch for announcements of the latest, last-minute finds!

Film Review & Commentary

Film Reviews

September’s show is always the annual Short Film Competition, and this year’s eleven Finalists, selected from 635 submissions, provided an outstanding combination of live-action, animated and documentary works. You can read the full review by clicking on the image above, and watch a video wrap up HERE.

Scripts for Life

Mountain Shadow’s film selection for August, 2019, takes as its premise the intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and then proceeds to bill itself as a romantic comedy with such an inflammatory title as “Tel Aviv on Fire.” Dubbed by several critics as a biting satire poking fun at ethnic and political divisions that are nonetheless infatuated with the twists and turns of the same soap operas on television, Sameh Zoabi’s film goes deeper. To read the full Review, click on the image above.