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SWEET DREAMS
SWEET DREAMS
(102min.) 2023 Ena Sendijarević, director
Ends Apr 25

A sharp-eyed satire set on a sugar plantation on an Indonesian island in the final years of the Dutch colonial era, Ena Sendijarević’s second feature is a potent reminder that European colonialism did not come to a tidy ending in the innumerable countries it affected (to say nothing of the neocolonialism still impacting much of the globe). Instead, Sweet Dreams provides compelling evidence of the mess these wider historical forces make in the lives of the characters within the volatile microcosm the director portrays so vividly.

For the family and business led by the imperious patriarch Jan (Hans Dagelet), the rot had clearly set in long before these events. That said, Jan isn’t around to see the changes to come, what with his sudden death after one of his nightly visits to the room of Siti (Hayati Azis), his Indonesian housekeeper. With the disorder in the household further compounded by a workers’ protest, his widow Agathe (Renée Soutendijk) demands the return from Europe of Jan’s pompous son Cornelius (Florian Myjer) and heavily pregnant daughter-in-law Josefin (Lisa Zweerman). When they all learn of Jan’s decision to bequeath his estate to his son with Siti, the ensuing power struggles add a further degree of turbulence.

Realizing the promise she displayed in her first feature Take Me Somewhere Nice, Sendijarević delivers a film that’s remarkable for its ruthless intelligence, visual flair, and astute take on the ways personal relationships can be poisoned by the systems and structures in which we operate.

Monday, Apr 22 4:00 PM Tuesday, Apr 23 7:00 PM Wednesday, Apr 24 7:00 PM Thursday, Apr 25 7:00 PM
An afternoon with Illeana Douglas and HOUSEHOLD SAINTS
An afternoon with Illeana Douglas and HOUSEHOLD SAINTS
(125min.) 1993 Nancy Savoca, director
One Night Only Apr 21
Nancy Savoca’s star-studded indie gem is a chronicle of a spirited Italian-American New York family that perfectly balances humor, tragedy, and pathos. Joseph Santangelo (Vincent D’Onofrio) is a butcher with a wicked sense of humor who “wins” his wife Catherine (a stellar Tracey Ullman) in a pinochle game. Over the protests of his mother (Judith Malina) who talks to ghosts and makes deals with saints, Joseph marries Catherine. When the old lady dies, her spirit is channeled into her granddaughter Teresa who overtakes the film with her yearning to serve God. Perfectly embodying a modern-day Bernadette, Lili Taylor imbues Teresa with a mix of dedicated innocence and naïveté. Executive produced by Jonathan Demme, with memorable performances from Michael Imperioli, Michael Rispoli and Victor Argo, Household Saints showcases a unique voice in 1990s independent filmmaking.

Sunday, Apr 21 1:00 PM
 

COMING UP

DR. SEUSS' THE LORAX
DR. SEUSS' THE LORAX
(86min. PG) 2012 Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda, director
Happy Earth Day! All Tickets $5 Apr 22
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LA CHIMERA
LA CHIMERA
(130min. NR) 2023 Alice Rohrwacher, director
Opens Apr 26
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ART COLLEGE 1994
ART COLLEGE 1994
(118min. NR) 2023 Jian Liu, director
Opens May 3
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FEMME
FEMME
(99min) 2024 Sam H. Freeman , Ng Choon Ping, director
One Night Only May 9
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OMEN
OMEN
(95min.) 2023 BELGIUM Baloji Tshiani, director
Opens May 11
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WHO IS STAN SMITH?
WHO IS STAN SMITH?
Danny Lee, director
One Night Only May 17
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PRESSURE
PRESSURE
(126 min. NR) 1975 Horace Ové, director
Opens May 20
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Parking At Cinestudio

-When using GPS, the closest parking lots are nearest the intersection of Summit St and College Terrace.

-During films at Cinestudio, you may park in any open spot. (Accessible parking spots require a State issued placard.)

-After parking, walk through the archway towards the Main Quad. Cinestudio is located along the Long Walk across the Main Quad from the Chapel. 

Look for our lighted sign above our doors.

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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