Loving Highsmith

Category: documentary
Director: Eva Vitija
Producer: Franziska Sonder
Country: Switzerland, Germany
Year: 2022
Length: 83'
Production Status: completed


Texan novelist Patricia Highsmith has long been acclaimed for her strange, cinematic stories of suspense, which captured the imaginations of directors including Alfred Hitchcock, Todd Haynes, and Anthony Minghella. Best known for penning 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' and sequels, Highsmith also wrote 'Carol' (aka 'The Price of Salt'), her only novel to feature an unequivocal lesbian relationship. In this intimate documentary, Highsmith's unpublished diaries lyrically intermingle with the personal accounts of people who knew and loved her. The heart-rending character study depicts a visionary female writer, forced to repress her innate desires by a heteronormative society.
(Sydney Film Festival 2022)

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