Hal Hartley’s Trust Screens June 10 at the Music Box in a Brand-New 35mm Print Commissioned by CFS

Music Box Theatre – 3733 N Southport Ave., Chicago, IL 60613
Tickets: $10

Monday, June 10 @ 7 PM
Directed by Hal Hartley • 1990
If Frank Borzage had survived to see the end of the Reagan Era, hated television, took the gruff-but-gentle romance of Spencer Tracy and Loretta Young in Man’s Castle and set it in suburban, blue collar Long Island in 1990, he might have made a movie something along the lines of Trust. Adrienne Shelly plays Maria Caughlin, a high school senior whose mother (Merritt Nelson) accuses her of killing her father. When she meets Matthew (Martin Donovan), an electronics whiz who can’t hold down a job and lives alone with his abusive father, she’s looking for a place to stay, and the two heroes quickly find they have something the other one needs. An unflinchingly independent filmmaker who has managed to survive at least two sea changes in independent filmmaking, Hal Hartley made his second feature for around $1 million. Hartley’s signature use of highly stylized dialog and low-fi soundtrack, and Michael Spiller’s empathetic cinematography, are almost hypnotic, and Trust is as moving, subversive, and funny as it was in 1990, simply the kind of movie we have to show to you. Trust screens in a new 35mm print commissioned by CFS, special thanks to Hal Hartley/Possible Films and to Kim Young and Doug Ledin of FotoKem. (JA)
107 min • Zenith Productions • 35mm from Chicago Film Society Collections, Permission Possible Films
Short: “Going Out of Business” (Christopher Gamboni, 1985) – 15 min – 16mm courtesy of the Reserve Film and Video Collection of The New York Public
Library for the Performing Arts.

“A romantic mirage from the ruins of the 1990s American independent movement, which still has fans if no financiers, TRUST is a treasure, an indelible document of misgivings and longing and fated love you should witness on the Music Box Theatre screen.” Ray Pride, New City

“CRUCIAL VIEWING: Still Hal Hartley’s finest hour, TRUST is heartbreaking and laugh-out-loud funny, often both at once.” Ben Sachs, Cine-File Chicago

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