Sword of Trust

Lynn Shelton, USA 2019, 88’
European premiere
Luce The Sound of Silence

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.

Sebastian Smoliński


Sidewalk FF 2019 – Audience Choice Award (Best Narrative Feature); Traverse City FF 2019 – Founders Prize (Best US Fiction)

Lynn Shelton

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

Cast & Crew

director Lynn Shelton
screenplay Lynn Shelton, Mike O’Brien
cinematography Jason Oldak
editing Tyler L. Cook
music Marc Maron
cast Marc Maron, Jon Bass, Michaela Watkins, Tim Paul, Whitmer Thomas, Toby Huss, Dan Bakkedahl, Jillian Bell, Lynn Shelton
producer Lynn Shelton, Ted Speaker
production Forager Films
sales Utopia
language English
coloration colour
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