Loving Highsmith

Loving Highsmith

Switzerland | 2022 | 83 min. | Eva Vitija

November 18 - 20, 2022

A unique look at the life of celebrated American author Patricia Highsmith based on her diaries and notebooks and the intimate reflections of her lovers, friends, and family.

Most of Highsmith’s novels were adapted for the big screen; the best known of these are Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley. Carol, a partly autobiographic novel, was the first lesbian story with a happy ending to be published in 1950s America. But Highsmith herself was forced to lead a double life and had to hide her vibrant love affairs from her family and the public. Only in her unpublished writings did she reflect on her private life.

Excerpts from these notes voiced by Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones, Top of the Lake), beautifully interwoven with archive material of her and her most famous novel adaptions, create a vivid, touching portrait of one of the most fascinating female writers.

  • Director: Eva Vitija
  • Country: Switzerland, Germany
  • Year: 2022
  • Running Time: 83 min.
  • Producer: Franziska Sonder, Maurizius Staerkle Drux
  • Screenplay: Eva Vitija
  • Cinematographers: Siri Klug
  • Editors: Rebecca Trösch
  • Music: Noël Akchoté
  • Language: English, French, German
  • US Distributor: Kino Lorber
  • International Sales: Autlook Filmsales