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Searching for laughs on SpIFF 2014’s final day

I'm in search of a good comedy, and the final film of this year's Spokane International Film Festival might be just what I want. “Matterhorn,” the Dutch film that screens at 7 tonight at the Bing Crosby Theater, won the audience award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. And it was described by one critic as “a dryly absurd comedy that ends with one hell of a pay-off.” So my search might come to fruition.

This being SpIFF's 2014 final day, so much else is going on, too. You can get the full schedule here. But following is a brief run-down:

11:30 p.m., “K2: Siren of the Himalayas,” Magic Lantern 100-seat house: A documentary about the challenges faced by those who want to climb, and have climbed, the world's second-tallest mountain.

Noon, “On the Job,” Magic Lantern 30-seat house: A Filipino crime movie about corrupt cops and a troubled fight for justice.

2 p.m., “Uprising,” Magic Lantern 100-seat house: A documentary about the Egyptian revolution that has led, so far, to the downfall of two of the country's governmental regimes.

2 p.m., Filmmakers Forum, Magic Lantern 30-seat house: Adam Boyd will moderate conversations with various SpIFF 2014 filmmakers.

4:20 p.m., “Evergreen: The Road to Legalization,” Bing Crosby Theater: Director Riley Morton presents his documentary exploring Washington's adoption of legal marijuana.

7 p.m., “Matterhorn,” Bing Crosby Theater: Director Diederick Ebbinge explores a story about two needy men and their bizarre relationship.

Following “Matterhorn,” SpIFF's closing-night party will take place in the Bing's lobby. That, if nothing else, should lighten things up.

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