V’17: OCTOBER 19 – NOVEMBER 2, 2017

Shirley - Visions of Reality

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Shirley - Visions of Reality

Gustav Deutsch
A, 2013
Fiction, 92min, OmdU

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Shirley - Visions of Reality

Gustav Deutsch
A, 2013
Fiction, 92min, OmdU

Actors: 
Stephanie Cumming
Shirley
Christoph Bach
Stephen
Florentin Groll
Elfriede Irrall
Tom Hanslmaier
Screenplay: 
Gustav Deutsch
Sound: 
Christoph Amann
Camera: 
Jerzy Palacz
Editor: 
Gustav Deutsch
Composer: 
Christian Fennesz
David Sylvian
Decoration: 
Hanna Schimek
Gustav Deutsch
Costume: 
Mija t. Rosa

Production: 
KGP Kranzelbinder Gabriele Production
World Sales: 
EastWest Filmdistribution
Distribution in Austria: 
KGP Kranzelbinder Gabriele Production
Format: 
DCP
Color

The film uses 13 cinematically vivified paintings by Edward Hopper to tell the story of a woman who lives in a reality she doesn’t accept as given but rather as a made up and changeable construct and who sticks to her convictions in moments of truth. “While Shirley and her partner Stephen, a photo journalist for the ‘New York Post’, share an apartment on only two occasions during these three decades, their private and professional lives are deeply connected: unemployment as a result of the depression, disappointment after the betrayal of Group Theatre members in front of the Mccarthy committee, repressions as a result of the politically-minded theatre, career retirement as a result of ill partners, loss of partners, retirement to the countryside and questioning of the effectiveness of art, emigration to Europe – personal destinies that are pursued in front of and influenced by worldchanging events, cultural revolutions and socio-political upheavals. History is made up of personal stories.” (Gustav Deutsch)

In the presence of Gustav Deutsch and team members.

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