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Get out of the cold on this SpIFF 2014 Saturday

Yeah, I saw a few wet eyes following Friday night's screening of "Broken Circle Breakdown" at the Bing Crosby Theater. The Belgian weeper — and I mean that in a good way — highlighted the first full day of the 2014 Spokane International Film Festival, which continues its 10-day run today with screenings at the Magic Lantern, the Bing and the Garland.

Of course, when I say I saw "wet eyes," I may be mistaken. My own teared up once or twice, a testament to just how good Belgium's nominee for the Best Foreign Language Oscar is, so I'm basing my reaction on all the nose-blowing I heard.

Today's SpIFF lineup offers a range of viewing options. At the Magic Lantern, the documentary "Bible Quiz" plays at 11:30, followed by another documentary feature "Kiss the Water" at noon. A collection of international shorts will screen at 2 in the Lantern's big house, just before the 2:15 showing of the documentary feature "Find Your Way: A Busker's Documentary" (in the 30-seat house).

At 4:30, action moves to the Bing where the Animation Showcase 2012 plays, followed at 7 by the Spanish-language film "Las horas muertas" ("The Empty Hours"), which will be introduced by Barbara Loste and Nadia Ruiz-Rubio of Eastern Washington University's Modern Languages Department.

Then we move to the Garland to catch a 9:30 p.m. big-screen debut showing of the new editions of the web series "Transolar Galactica." The whole crew — Adam Harum, Clancy Bundy, Jade Warpenburg, Isaac Joslin and Adam Boyd — is scheduled to attend.

Tickets are available at the door for all the shows, though be warned: Magic Lantern screenings have been known to sell out. Click here for further information, or call (509) 720-7743.