TRONA

VARIETY Robert Koehler
“Defiantly minimalist, David Fenster’s TRONA marks a striking feature debut by a filmmaker with a taste for moribund humor and the ironies of the American Dream.”

CINEMATICAL Karina Longworth
“…expansive in scale and complex in content, it’s an almost-silent film full of gorgeous, tightly composed set pieces, and buttered with an seemingly endless supply of great visual jokes.”

LA WEEKLY Scott Foundas
“…an evocation of the desolate road poetry remembered from the best films of Wim Wenders and Jim Jarmusch. Fenster seems to say that you can feel as alone in the city as you can in the desert, and he has a pretty original way of saying it.”

SCREENING HISTORY:

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
VIENNA FILM FESTIVAL (VIENNALE)
BUENOS AIRES FILM FESTIVAL
FLANDERS FILM FESTIVAL
CINEVEGAS FILM FESTIVAL
LIBERTAS FILM FESTIVAL
ANCHORAGE FILM FESTIVAL
MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL

Starring David Nordstrom, Lee Lynch and Libby Hux
Written and Directed by David Fenster

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A young businessman, disillusioned with his life and bored by his surroundings, mysteriously finds himself in the desert. After making his way back to civilization, and encountering a handful of local personalities, the man decides to abandon his former life and reinvent himself as the owner of a junkyard in a ghost town. When his initial euphoria subsides, loneliness and boredom compel him to seek out company. In a nearby town he meets a waitress and her brother, who introduce him to a circle of desert misfits. A desperate night of excess with the group leaves the man faced with a choice between the desolate desert or the desolate city. Alternately introspective, vulgar and comedic, Trona draws inspiration from the landscape and the people of the Mojave Desert. Junkyards, motel rooms, dilapidated structures and abandoned landscapes are all characters in their own right, playing opposite the quiet, mustached protagonist.