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LOVING HIGHSMITH

Eva Vitija
CH DE 2022    52' 83'
⚬ Arts & Culture ⚬ Queer 

Synopsis

The film’s narrative is based on the unpublished diaries of bestselling novelist Patricia Highsmith. Focusing on her quest for identity and her troubled love life, LOVING HIGHSMITH sheds new light on her writing. Family, friends, her own voice and beautifully interweaved archive material draw a vivid portrait of one of the most prolific female authors to date. Highsmith wrote over 22 novels, many were adapted to the big screen, best known are Strangers on a Train, The Talented Mr. Ripley and Carol. Carol, a partly autobiographic novel, was the first lesbian story with a happy end in 1950s America. 

Quotes

“a lively portrait (…) honoring a vital figure in queer history” - IndieWire

“elegant” - The Hollywood Reporter

Credits

Director

Eva Vitija

Producers

Franziska Sonder, Maurizius Staerkle Drux

Co-Producer

Carl-Ludwig Rettinger

Production Company

Ensemble Film GmbH

Co-Production Company

Lichtblick Film

In collaboration with

ARTE/ZDF, SRF, RSI

Cinematography

Siri Klug

Writer

Eva Vitija

Editor

Rebecca Trösch

Music

Noël Akchoté

Sound

Juliane Vari

Festivals

Doc Aviv 2022

Sydney FF 2022

Frameline FF 2022

Galway Film Fleadh 2022

 

Film Details

Runtimes 52' 83'
Spoken Languages English, French, German
Production Countries Switzerland, Germany

Biography

Born 1973 in Basel. 2002 Diploma in screenwriting from the DFFB (German Film and Television Academy Berlin). She has been working as a screenwriter in Switzerland and Germany since her screenplay training. She has written many feature film scripts for cinema and television, including MEIER, MARILYN, MADLY IN LOVE as well as SOMMERVÖGEL. In 2015, as part of her Master’s degree at the ZHdK (Zurich University of the Arts), she made her first feature-length documentary film as a director: DAS LEBEN DREHEN. It was nominated as best documentary for the Swiss Film prize and for an award from the International Documentary Association, Los Angeles, and won various prizes, including the Prix de Soleure, the Basel film Prize and the Zurich Film Prize. Eva Vitija lives in Zurich.

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