Loving Highsmith
Eva Vitija
Documentary : 83' / Lesbian, Art & Artists, Herstory

Loving Highsmith is 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. Focusing on Highsmith’s quest for love and her troubled identity, the film sheds new light on her life and writing. 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 end 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 Only in her unpublished writings she reflected on “the ever-present subject” for her. Excerpts from these notes voiced by Gwendoline Christie, beautifully interwoven with archive material of her and her most famous novel adaptations, create a vivid, touching portrait of one of the most fascinating female writers of the 20th century.


September 18 | 16h00 | Cinema São Jorge - Sala Manoel de Oliveira Buy Tickets

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Year: 2022

Country: Switzerland, Germany

Language: english, german, french

Subtitles: portuguese

With: Marijane Meaker, Monique Buffet, Tabea Blumenschein, Judy Coates, Courtney Coates-Blackman, Dan Coates

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Eva Vitija


Eva Vitija was born in 1973, in Basel and lives in Zurich. Degree in Screenwriting from the DFFB - German Film and Television Academy Berlin, in 2002. She has been working as a screenwriter in Switzerland and Germany. In 2015, as part of her master’s degree at the ZHdK - Zurich University of the Arts, she directed her first feature documentary, Das Leben Drehen, that won various prizes, including the Prix de Soleure, the Basel Film Prize and the Zurich Film Prize.


Photo: Martin Guggisberg


2022 - Loving Highsmith (Documentary)

2015 - Das Leben Drehen (Documentary)

2014 - Storm & Co (Short Documentary)

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