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SpIFF 2019: a ‘Shadow’ and six shorts


More than halfway through the 2019 Spokane International Film Festival, and we have three full evenings of screenings left. What's on for tonight at the Magic Lantern?

7 p.m.: U.S. Shorts: Six films, including one documentary, from all over the country explore a range of subjects. This program first screened on Saturday, so this is a second chance for those festival fans who missed out.

7:30 p.m.: "Shadow": Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou's latest effort is a both a martial-arts epic and a study of the desire for power involving a military commander, his wife, his "shadow" and his quest for revenge. Only things seldom turn out the way they expect.

Here's what Variety's Jessica King has to say about "Shadow": "Every supremely controlled stylistic element of Zhang Yimou's breathtakingly beautiful 'Shadow' is an echo of another, a motif repeated, a pattern recurring in a fractionally different way each time."

 A reminder: The Magic Lantern bigger theater holds only 99 (or so) seats.

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