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April in Paris French and Francophone Film Festival – A TALE OF LOVE AND DESIRE
(102min. NR) 2021 Tunisia/France Leyla Bouzid, director
One Night Only Mar 30
First, we’d like to say “merci mille fois” to Professor Emeritus Sonia Lee. The Founding Director of April in Paris, her strong support for African francophone film inspires us to expand our definition of French cinema. Tunisian writer/director Leyla Bouzid’s film explores the contrasting experiences of two Arab students at the Sorbonne. Farah (Zbeida Belhajamor) is a free-spirited Tunisian, determined to take every bit of pleasure from her Parisian adventure before returning home. However Ahmed (Sami Outabali), born in France of Algerian background, finds it equally hard to deny his desire for Farah than to ignore his family’s strict version of Islam. “It’s an edifying and introspective film about embracing our most carnal impulses without shame.” – Lovia Gyarkye, Hollywood Reporter. Stay for a discussion after the film led by Karen Humphreys, Language and Culture Studies, Trinity College.

Thursday, Mar 30 7:30 PM


April in Paris French and Francophone Film Festival - FRANCE
(133min. NR) 2021 Bruno Dumont, director
One Night Only Mar 31
Hartford premiere of a delightfully provocative satire. Writer/director Bruno Dumont’s new film finds both comedy and drama in the tension between our private and public lives. France stars Léa Seydoux, whose films include No Time to Die, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Blue is the Warmest Color, which won her the Best Actress Palme d’Or at Cannes. She perfectly inhabits her role as a celebrity tv journalist, who “lives for her fans.” But after causing an accident she goes silent, trying to find the suppressed reality of her true self. “Amid the film’s riotous satire…Dumont plants a melancholy identity crisis: the television star and the nation are equally isolated in the distorting mirrors of their own fabricated images.” – Richard Brody, the New Yorker. Discussion following the film with Sara Kippur, Language and Culture Studies, Trinity College

Friday, Mar 31 7:30 PM
Verdi's Falstaff
Verdi's Falstaff
One Night Only Apr 1
Verdi’s glorious Shakespearean comedy features a brilliant ensemble cast in Robert Carsen’s celebrated staging. Baritone Michael Volle sings his first Verdi role at the Met as the caddish knight Falstaff, gleefully tormented by a trio of clever women who deliver his comeuppance. Reuniting after their acclaimed turns in the production’s 2019 run are soprano Ailyn Pérez as Alice Ford, soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano as Meg Page, and mezzo-soprano Marie-Nicole Lemieux as Mistress Quickly. Soprano Hera Hyesang Park and tenor Bogdan Volkov are the young couple Nannetta and Fenton, and Maestro Daniele Rustioni conducts.

Saturday, Apr 1 12:30 PM
April in Paris French and Francophone Film Festival - AND THE BIRDS RAINED DOWN
(127min. NR) 2019 Canada Louise Archambault, director
One Night Only Apr 1
Celebrate April in Paris and join our final night reception at 7 pm, followed by the 8 pm screening of a brilliant and haunting Canadian film shot in Quebec’s awe-inspiring Montmorency Forest. Based on the novel by Jocelyne Saucier, it opens in the aftermath of a destructive wildfire, which sent three elderly men off the grid as near-hermits. But change is inevitable, as Ted (one of the three) dies, and the private life of the survivors is transformed by the arrival of two women. The first (played by acclaimed actor Andrée Lachapelle in her final role) is a fugitive who has spent her life confined in a psychiatric hospital. The other is a young photographer looking for Ted’s hidden paintings of the wildfire. But the recluses’ deep connection with nature isn’t threatened by death, love, or aging, but by the ongoing human damage to the Earth. “Without politics or judgment, the film asks us to cherish life in all its simple pleasures and wonders.” – Pat Mullen, Toronto International Film Festival review.

Saturday, Apr 1 8:00 PM
Utica:The Last Refuge
(120min NR) 2021 Loch Phillipps, director
One Night Only Apr 3
Utica: The Last Refuge opens with the Azeins, a refugee family of four from Sudan, arriving at Syracuse International Airport. After spending six years in a camp in Ethiopia, they have finally made it to the US, where they are welcomed by Abdelshakour, a fellow refugee from Sudan. An employee of Utica’s venerable refugee resettlement agency, he sees that they have few belongings so he gives them the winter coats he has brought with him. Nada is pregnant. They will soon be a family of five and need extra attention because they have no relatives in the area. That the Azeins have arrived in the midst of unprecedented upheaval in US policies towards refugees adds a layer of additional tension to their story. The adjustments refugees, especially those from remote rural areas, have to make to survive here are considerable. The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees (MVRCR) is regarded nationally as a model agency for how refugee resettlement is done, for how they guide Utica’s refugees into comfortable jobs and lives, but they are suddenly facing new stresses. Reduced incoming numbers means a reduced budget. If their ability to assist the Azeins is compromised, their journey here becomes that much more difficult. John Zogby Pollster, author, trend-spotter, thought leader & native Utican “Everything in this film—the slices of everyday life, the intimacy—details a people and a community who found each other and together gained salvation. I am proud to say it is my community and I have never before seen it captured so perfectly.”

Monday, Apr 3 7:00 PM
(180min.) Lyndsey Turner, director
One Night Only Apr 2
A witch hunt is beginning in Arthur Miller’s captivating parable of power with Erin Doherty (The Crown) and Brendan Cowell (Yerma). Raised to be seen but not heard, a group of young women in Salem suddenly find their words have an almighty power. As a climate of fear, vendetta and accusation spreads through the community, no one is safe from trial. Lyndsey Turner (Hamlet) directs this contemporary new staging, designed by Tony Award-winner Es Devlin (The Lehman Trilogy). Captured live from the Olivier stage at the National Theatre.

Sunday, Apr 2 2:00 PM
(129min. R) 2022 Maria Schrader, director
One Night Only Apr 5
Don’t miss a one-time only screening of a searing real-life drama made by and for women - and fans of a free press. Carey Mulligan (Never Let Me Go) and Zoe Kazan (The Big Sick) are New York Times journalists who investigate multiple allegations of sexual abuse by movie producer Harvey Weinstein. The reporters get a tip that actor Rose McGowan and other women have been assaulted by the powerful and respected Weinstein, and they begin the Herculean effort of getting the actors (who fear career death), and Weinstein’s assistants (who fear for their jobs) to reveal their names. A great journalistic thriller that deserves to be up there with Spotlight and All the President’s Men. “She Said feels not just important, but urgent.” – Kimberly Jones, Austin Chronicle.

Wednesday, Apr 5 7:00 PM
(102min. PG-13) 2022 UK Oliver Hermanus, director
Opens Apr 7
Novelist and screenwriter Ishiguro Katsu (Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go) is among the many devotees of the masterful films by Akira Kurosawa, from Ran to Rashomon. In a heartfelt tribute, Kasuo has written an (Academy Award nominated) screenplay based on Kurosawa’s 1952 classic Ikiru. The brilliant adaptation stars Bill Nighy, the British veteran of over 80 (!) films including Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean and Notes on a Scandal. Called “Mr. Zombie” by his co-workers, Nighy plays a faceless 1950s bureaucrat toiling in his office, until he is shocked out of his torpor by a sudden, terminal illness. Searching to discover his true self and meaning in what is left of his life, he plunges into its dangerous, magnificent chaos for the first time. “a rare remake that only augments and enriches the original. For Bill Nighy, it feels in every sense like the role of a lifetime.” – John Nugent, Empire Magazine.

Friday, Apr 7 7:00 PM Saturday, Apr 8 2:00 PM Saturday, Apr 8 7:00 PM Sunday, Apr 9 2:00 PM Monday, Apr 10 7:00 PM Tuesday, Apr 11 7:00 PM Wednesday, Apr 12 7:00 PM Thursday, Apr 13 4:00 PM
(99min R) 2022 Australia Goran Stolevski, director
One Night Only Apr 13
Out Film CT Queer Thursdays and Cinestudio present a swoon-worthy love story set in a suburb north of Melbourne on the eve of the year 2000. Things are in crisis mode for Kol (Elias Anton): it’s the day of the local dance competition, and his partner (Hattie Hook) wakes up on the beach after a bender, not knowing where she is. Her brother Adam, on his last day at home before heading to Argentina for graduate study, tracks her down and drives the nervous duo to the contest in time. Over the 24 hours that they spend together, Kol is drawn to the casually out-and-proud Adam, who is equally captivated by the shy, still-innocent Kol. It’s a brief encounter for sure, but one with the potential of transforming their lives. “A profoundly moving film about the beauty and the horror of what it means to be seen for the first time, to love for the first time.” Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times.

Thursday, Apr 13 7:00 PM
(123min. R) 2023 Katie Holmes, director
Opens Apr 14
In moving the setting of Kathleen Tessaro’s acclaimed novel from Boston during the Great Depression to present day New York City, Rare Objects is a powerful reminder that immigrants have always been seen as the inferior “other.” Director Katie Holmes’ third film stars Julia Mayorga (American Rust) as Benita, the daughter of immigrants who ends up in a psychiatric facility for being “out of control.” She forms a bond with Diana, a wealthy, mysterious patient (Katie Holmes), who encourages Benita to look ahead and build a new life. Making the plunge, Benita takes a job at an antiques store run by an elusive eccentric played by Alan Cumming. It is nothing less than the trauma of her past that she must overcome, with the hope that her new friends are not enemies, but a lifeline to self-acceptance. To quote the irreplaceable Alan Cumming, “Go into the unknown with truth, commitment, and openness and mostly, you will be okay.”

Friday, Apr 14 7:00 PM Saturday, Apr 15 7:00 PM Sunday, Apr 16 2:00 PM Monday, Apr 17 7:00 PM Tuesday, Apr 18 4:00 PM Tuesday, Apr 18 7:00 PM Wednesday, Apr 19 7:00 PM Thursday, Apr 20 7:00 PM
Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier
Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier
One Night Only Apr 15
A sterling cast assembles for Strauss’s grand Viennese comedy. Soprano Lise Davidsen is the aging Marschallin, opposite mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey as her lover Octavian and soprano Erin Morley as Sophie, the beautiful younger woman who steals his heart. Bass Günther Groissböck returns as the churlish Baron Ochs, and Markus Brück is Sophie’s wealthy father, Faninal. Maestro Simone Young takes the Met podium to oversee Robert Carsen’s fin-de-siècle staging.

Saturday, Apr 15 12:00 PM
(119min. NR) 1962 France/Italy/West German Orson Welles, director
Film fans, save the date/s to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of The Trial, in a new 4K restoration of the original 35mm film! It is completely understandable that the great American director Orson Welles exiled himself to Europe in 1948, after rumors that he was a Communist sympathizer. And it also makes perfect sense that he wanted to film The Trial, Franz Kafka’s classic of a man accused by the state for a vague crime. Set in 1960s London, Anthony Perkins (Psycho) is marvelously edgy as Kafka’s Josef K., arrested in the middle of the night without explanation. As his persecution intensifies and execution looms, Josef K. hires a barrister (Orson Welles) who is more malevolent than helpful. Given freedom to experiment with lighting, camera movement and editing, Welles’ film, like Citizen Kane, still inspires filmmakers around the world. “Welles’ most touching film… is simply overwhelming seen on a movie screen.”-Wesley Morris, San Francisco Examiner.

Friday, Apr 21 7:00 PM Saturday, Apr 22 2:00 PM Saturday, Apr 22 7:00 PM Sunday, Apr 23 5:00 PM Monday, Apr 24 7:00 PM Tuesday, Apr 25 7:00 PM Wednesday, Apr 26 4:00 PM Thursday, Apr 27 7:00 PM
Blanchard's Champion
Blanchard's Champion
One Night Only Apr 29
When Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones opened the Met’s 2021–22 season to universal acclaim, it marked a historic moment in the annals of the company. Now, the six-time Grammy Award–winning composer’s first opera arrives at the Met. Bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green is the young boxer Emile Griffith, who rises from obscurity to become a world champion, and bass-baritone Eric Owens portrays Griffith’s older self, haunted by the ghosts of his past. Soprano Latonia Moore is Emelda Griffith, the boxer’s estranged mother, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe is the bar owner Kathy Hagen. Yannick Nézet-Séguin is again on the podium for Blanchard’s second Met premiere, and director James Robinson—whose productions of Fire and Porgy and Bess brought down the house—oversees the staging. Camille A. Brown, whose choreography electrified audiences in Fire and Porgy, also returns.

Saturday, Apr 29 1:00 PM
(180min. NR) Clint Dyer, director
One Night Only May 7
An extraordinary new production of Shakespeare’s most enduring tragedy, directed by Clint Dyer with a cast that includes Giles Terera (Hamilton), Rosy McEwen (The Alienist) and Paul Hilton (The Inheritance). She’s a bright, headstrong daughter of a senator; elevated by her status but stifled by its expectations. He’s refugee of slavery; having risen to the top of a white world, he finds love across racial lines has a cost. Wed in secret, Desdemona and Othello crave a new life together. But as unseen forces conspire against them, they find their future is not theirs to decide. Othello is filmed live on the Lyttleton stage of the National Theatre.

Sunday, May 7 12:00 PM
PONYO 15th Anniversary
(101min. G) 2008 Hayao Miyazaki, director
Opens May 7
During a forbidden excursion to see the surface world, a goldfish princess encounters a human boy named Sosuke, who gives her the name Ponyo. Ponyo longs to become human, and as her friendship with Sosuke grows, she becomes more humanlike. Ponyo's father brings her back to their ocean kingdom, but so strong is Ponyo's wish to live on the surface that she breaks free, and in the process, spills a collection of magical elixirs that endanger Sosuke's village.

Sunday, May 7 4:00 PM Sunday, May 7 7:00 PM Monday, May 8 7:00 PM Wednesday, May 10 7:00 PM
Mozart's Don Giovanni
Mozart's Don Giovanni
One Night Only May 20
Tony Award–winning director of Broadway’s A View from the Bridge and West Side Story, Ivo van Hove makes a major Met debut with a new take on Mozart’s tragicomedy, re-setting the familiar tale of deceit and damnation in an abstract architectural landscape and shining a light into the dark corners of the story and its characters. Maestro Nathalie Stutzmann makes her Met debut conducting a star-studded cast led by baritone Peter Mattei as a magnetic Don Giovanni, alongside the Leporello of bass-baritone Adam Plachetka. Sopranos Federica Lombardi, Ana María Martínez, and Ying Fang make a superlative trio as Giovanni’s conquests—Donna Anna, Donna Elvira, and Zerlina—and tenor Ben Bliss is Don Ottavio.

Saturday, May 20 1:00 PM
Mozart's Die Zauberflöte
Mozart's Die Zauberflöte
One Night Only Jun 3
One of opera’s most beloved works receives its first new Met staging in 19 years—a daring vision by renowned English director Simon McBurney that The Wall Street Journal declared “the best production I’ve ever witnessed of Mozart’s opera.” Nathalie Stutzmann conducts the Met Orchestra, with the pit raised to make the musicians visible to the audience and allow interaction with the cast. In his Met-debut staging, McBurney lets loose a volley of theatrical flourishes, incorporating projections, sound effects, and acrobatics to match the spectacle and drama of Mozart’s fable. The brilliant cast includes soprano Erin Morley as Pamina, tenor Lawrence Brownlee as Tamino, baritone Thomas Oliemans in his Met debut as Papageno, soprano Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night, and bass Stephen Milling as Sarastro.

Saturday, Jun 3 1:00 PM

Welcome to Cinestudio

Cinestudio is a not-for-profit independent film theater located at Summit Street and College Terrace on the campus of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. The theater is a magnificent single-screen venue with over 450 seats, reconstructed as classic 1930’s-style movie house, including a much loved balcony and golden curtain. The building is a signature design by McKim, Mead and White, built in 1935.

Founded in 1970 by a group of students at Trinity, Cinestudio has become one of the most highly respected arthouse cinemas in the United States, with a long standing reputation for its wide diversity of programing, and for legendary projection and sound quality. Equipped with the highest quality 4K Digital Cinema systems, Cinestudio has also retained it’s top-of-the-line physical film 35mm and 70mm projectors for use in studio archive presentations. Cinestudio is a daily celebration of the Art of Cinema!
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