LOVING HIGHSMITH - Special Preview Screening!


Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 2 Thu, Sep 1, 2022 7:30 PM


Special Preview Screening!

Film, Q&A, and Reception

Thursday, September 1st at 7:30 PM


In Person: Filmmaker Eva Vitija

CAC & LIGLFF Members $12 | Public $17

Co-Presented by the Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

A mesmerizing and eye-opening portrait of Patricia Highsmith, legendary author of Strangers on a TrainThe Talented Mr. Ripley, and Carol. Based on Highsmith’s personal writings and accounts of her family and lovers, the film casts new light on the famous thriller writer’s life and oeuvre.

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 into movies; the best known of these are Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train and Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. RipleyCarol, a partly autobiographic novel, and the first lesbian story with a happy end in 1950s America, was later adapted for the big screen by Todd Haynes. 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 Only in her unpublished writings she reflected on the ever-present subject for her.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 (Game of ThronesTop 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. (Switzerland/Germany, 2022, 83 min., color, DCP | Dir. Eva Vitija)

About Filmmaker Eva Vitija: 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.

 Film poster for LOVING HIGHSMITH (2022)