Shirley - Visions of Reality

Shirley - Visions of Reality
Director: Gustav Deutsch

Austria, Drama, 2013, 93 min, english with lithuanian subtitles, N-13

Edward Hopper was a prominent American artist and leading representative of the realists, famous for capturing contemporary American life in his work. Now thirteen of his canvases are brought to life in this highly stylised film by leading Austrian experimenter Gustav Deutsch. The director finds a unique recipe for transforming the pictures into film images and offers much more than a mere attempt to set them in motion. The film is also a complex portrait of the titular protagonist, the actress Shirley (Stephanie Cumming), intriguing heroine who refuses to accept history the way it is. Alongside Shirley, various objects also become the bearers of historical memory, evoking the era in which the film unfolds.

About the director:

Gustav Deutsch (born in 1952 in Vienna) is a leading Austrian filmmaker who examines the phenomenology of film media. He studied architecture in Vienna in 1970-1979, a field he is still involved in, but back then he had already begun experimenting with photography and video art. He has been working since 1984 with Hanna Schimek, who also shared in his latest film. He was appointed Artistic Director of the Aegina Academy in Athens in 2003.

Section: All the Muses

Screenplay: Gustav Deutsch

Dir. of Photography: Jerzy Palacz

Music: Christian Fennesz

Cast: Stephanie Cumming, Christoph Bach, Florentín Groll, Elfriede Irrall, Tom Hanslmaier