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Watch these films in the renowned Cinestudio Theatre.

(107 min R) 2023 Paul Schrader, director
Ends Jun 1
In 2022 76-year-old Paul Schrader won Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Venice and Zurich Film Festivals, overdue recognition of a 50-year career including his provocative films Taxi Driver (as screenwriter), American Gigolo, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, and Affliction as writer/director. Master Gardener is the third of a loose trilogy (with First Reformed and The Card Counter that distills Schrader’s frequent subject of isolated men looking for redemption. Australian actor Joel Edgerton (The Underground Railroad) stars as brilliant master gardener Narvel Roth, who makes a paradise of Gracewood estate, owned by Mrs. Haverhill (the great Sigourney Weaver.) When Mrs. Haverhill asks Roth to take on her “wayward” biracial niece (Quintessa Swindell of Euphoria) as an apprentice, he agrees to share his deep horticultural knowledge. But as they grow closer, Roth’s despicable past comes to light, threatening their relationship and his road to redemption. “Sigourney Weaver is fascinating…there is a tenderness to “Master Gardener” that may prove its biggest surprise.” Laila Latif, IndieWire.

Monday, May 29 7:00 PM Tuesday, May 30 7:00 PM Wednesday, May 31 7:00 PM Thursday, Jun 1 7:00 PM
(93min. R) 2023 Nicole Holofcener, director
Opens Jun 2
Born in NYC where many of her indie-style movies are set - movies driven by witty conversation and perceptive character studies – it’s no surprise that Nicole Holofcener’s work gets compared to Woody Allen (without the baggage.) In fact, the writer/director’s first jobs in the industry were on A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy and Hannah and Her Sisters. She is also known for inspiring great performances from her female leads, from Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand, Jennifer Aniston, to Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The former Seinfeld star plays a novelist whose marriage to her psychiatrist husband (Tobias Menzies, The Crown) stumbles when she overhears him say he dislikes her new book. Funny and sharp, You Can’t Hurt Me asks the question: In relationships, is honesty really the best policy? “The snap and sparkle of her dialogue is like neurotic champagne. It gives you a lift; the conflicts percolate around in it like humane snarky effervescence…” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety.

Friday, Jun 2 7:00 PM Saturday, Jun 3 7:00 PM Sunday, Jun 4 2:00 PM Monday, Jun 5 7:00 PM Tuesday, Jun 6 7:00 PM Wednesday, Jun 7 7:00 PM Thursday, Jun 8 4:00 PM
Mozart's Die Zauberflöte
(190min.)
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
(110min. R) 2023 Andrea Pallaoro, director
One Night Only Jun 8
Monica is an intimate portrait of a woman who, for the first time in 20 years, returns home to the Midwest to take care of her ailing mother. Through the themes of abandonment, aging, rejection, acceptance and forgiveness, we get to know Monica and her world made of pain, fear but also courage. A journey through the needs and desires of a woman who opens a cognitive look at the human condition.

Thursday, Jun 8 7:00 PM
(91min. NR) 1984 Amir Naderi, director
Restored from the original negative in 2K Jun 19 - 22
Amiro, an illiterate 11-year-old orphan living alone in an abandoned tanker in the Iranian port city of Abadan, survives by shining shoes, selling water, and diving for deposit bottles, while being bullied by both adults and competing older kids. But he finds solace by dreaming about departing cargo ships and airplanes and by running...seemingly to nowhere.

Monday, Jun 19 1:00 PM Monday, Jun 19 7:00 PM Tuesday, Jun 20 5:00 PM Wednesday, Jun 21 1:00 PM Wednesday, Jun 21 5:00 PM Thursday, Jun 22 7:00 PM
(90min. NR) 2022 Sarah Vos, director
Opens Jun 19
Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art wants to become more diverse and inclusive. But how to go about that? An honest look behind the scenes into the sometimes-fraught process taking place in many public institutions.

Monday, Jun 19 5:00 PM Tuesday, Jun 20 1:00 PM Tuesday, Jun 20 7:00 PM Wednesday, Jun 21 7:00 PM Thursday, Jun 22 5:00 PM
(97min.) 2022 Georgia Oakley, director
One Night Only Jun 16
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It’s 1988 in Margaret Thatcher’s United Kingdom. Jean, a closeted physical education teacher, is leading a double life. When a new student arrives, she threatens to expose Jean’s secret, pushing Jean to extreme lengths to hold onto her job and her integrity.

Friday, Jun 16 7:00 PM
(73min.) 2023 D. Smith, director
One Night Only Jun 17
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Four Black trans sex workers from New York and Georgia talk frankly about their experiences, raising questions about belonging and identity within the Black community. Their unapologetic and cutting analysis of Black culture and society vibrates with energy, sex, challenge, and hard-earned wisdom.

Saturday, Jun 17 3:00 PM
(90min.) 2023 Corey Sherman, director
One Night Only Jun 17
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In this delightful and fresh coming-of-age story, Jamie is a chubby, clever gay fourteen year-old who is confused about his sexuality and uncomfortable in his own body. Then along comes Dan, the charming, beefy, bear boyfriend of Jamie’s cousin, who joins the family on a family camping trip. Dan rocks Jamie’s world and helps him understand that big guys can be sexy, too.

Saturday, Jun 17 7:00 PM
(104min. PG-13) 2023 Wes Anderson, director
Opens Jun 23
Asteroid City is a poetic meditation on the meaning of life. It tells the story of a fictional American desert town circa 1955 and its Junior Stargazer convention, which brings together students and parents from across the country for scholarly competition, rest/recreation, comedy, drama, romance, and more.

Friday, Jun 23 7:00 PM Saturday, Jun 24 1:00 PM Saturday, Jun 24 4:00 PM Saturday, Jun 24 7:00 PM Sunday, Jun 25 2:00 PM Monday, Jun 26 7:00 PM Tuesday, Jun 27 1:00 PM Tuesday, Jun 27 7:00 PM Wednesday, Jun 28 7:00 PM Thursday, Jun 29 1:00 PM Thursday, Jun 29 7:00 PM Friday, Jun 30 7:00 PM Saturday, Jul 1 1:00 PM Saturday, Jul 1 4:00 PM Saturday, Jul 1 7:00 PM Sunday, Jul 2 2:00 PM Monday, Jul 3 7:00 PM Wednesday, Jul 5 1:00 PM Wednesday, Jul 5 7:00 PM Thursday, Jul 6 1:00 PM Thursday, Jul 6 7:00 PM

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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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