A devilish comedy that takes place in a South immersed in American myth. Mary (Michaela Watkins) accompanies Cynthia (Jillian Bell) on a trip to Birmingham. The latter is hoping to inherit a house from her grandfather. It turns out, however, that the property was seized by the bank, and the only thing Cynthia receives is a mysterious saber. According to a letter from the deceased, the saber is a priceless trophy that proves that the Confederates actually won the Civil War. When the protagonists try to sell the saber at a pawn shop, and the shop’s owner, Mel (Marc Maron), contacts a group of local patriots interested in buying it, things get a little out of hand. Shelton has assembled an excellent cast of actors who move smoothly back and forth between the precisely constructed script and improvisation. In the Sword of Trust, Alabama is a peripheral territory populated by former drug addicts, flat Earth theory believers, and defenders of the dignity of the South who despise the official version of history. This surprisingly topical film analyzes the spread of conspiracy theories and fake news, and it shows us how important a role interpretation of the past—the primary source of pride and sense of identity for many—plays in the United States.
Sidewalk FF 2019 – Audience Choice Award (Best Narrative Feature); Traverse City FF 2019 – Founders Prize (Best US Fiction)
Born in Ohio in 1965, Lynn Shelton studied at Oberlin College and at the School of Drama at the University of Washington. She also studied photography and media at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, where she obtained a master’s degree in fine arts. Since her debut in 2006, she has directed both independent films and television series. Her honors include Someone to Watch and John Cassavetes Awards from the Independent Spirit Awards jury and a Special Jury Award at the Sundance Festival (for Humpday).
2006 We Go Way Back
2008 My Effortless Brilliance
2009 Nakręć ze mną porno / Humpday
2011 Siostra twojej siostry / Your Sister's Sister
2013 Dotykalscy / Touchy Feely
2014 Życie nie gryzie / Laggies
2017 Outside In
2019 Sword of Trust