SHIRLEY - VISIONS OF REALITY

SHIRLEY - VISIONS OF REALITY

Synopsis

13 of Edward Hopper’s paintings are brought alive by the film, telling the story of a woman, whose thoughts, emotions and contemplations let us observe an era in American history.

Shirley is a woman in America in the 1930s, ’40s, ’50s, and early ’60s. A woman who would like to influence the course of history with her professional and socio-political involvement. A woman who does not accept the reality of the Depression years, WWII, the McCarthy era, race conflicts and civil rights campaigns as given but rather as generated and adjustable. A woman whose work as an actress has familiarised her with the staging of reality, the questioning and shaping of it; an actress who doesn’t identify her purpose and future with that of solo success or stardom but who strives to give social potency to theatre as part of a collective. A woman who cannot identify with the traditional role model of a wife yet longs to have a life partner. A woman who does not compromise in moments of professional crisis and is not afraid to take on menial jobs to secure her livelihood. A woman who in a moment of private crisis decides to stick with her partner and puts her own professional interest on the back burner. A woman who is infuriated by political repression yet not driven to despair, and who has nothing but disdain for betrayal. Shirley, an attractive, charismatic, committed, emancipated woman.

Technical Information

2013; Austria; Arthouse, Women; 92 minutes; DCP, HDCAM-SR; 1:1.85; 5.1 mix; Original Language: English

DIRECTOR

Gustav Deutsch

WRITER

Gustav Deutsch

D.O.P.

Jerzy Palacz

EDITOR

Gustav Deutsch

MUSIC

Christian Fennesz, David Sylvian

PRODUCTION COMPANY

KGP Kranzelbinder Gabriele Production

PRODUCER

Gabriele Kranzelbinder

SOUND

Christoph Amann

KEY GRIP / GAFFER

Dominik Danner

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Marie Tappero

Shirley

Stephanie Cumming

Stephen

Christoph Bach

Mr. Antrobus/Cinema Goer

Florentin Groll

Mrs. Antrobus/Cinema Goer/Firs

Elfriede Irrall

Chief Clerk

Tom Hanslmaier

GUSTAV DEUTSCH

Filmmaker, artist, lives and works in Vienna and Aegina. Born 1952 in Vienna, architectural studies at the Technical University Vienna, graduation in 1979, numerous video artworks. Since 1983, member of the artists group DER BLAUE KOMPRESSOR, Floating & Stomping Company. Since 1984, joint works with Hanna Schimek (D&S). Since 1989, numerous film works. Since 1996, member of SIXPACKFILM. Since 2003, artistic director of the AEGINA ACADEMY / A Forum for Art & Science.

Selective Filmography

Short

2010 Private Sandnes

 

Experimental Film

2009 FILM IST. a girl & a gun

2005 Welt Spiegel Kino – b&w

2002 Film ist. 7–12 – b&w

1998 Film ist. 1–6 – b&w

1984 Wossea Mtotom – b&w

2018

VIFF VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – VANCITY THEATRE

Feb 02 – 07

2017

MOVIES AT SAAM

Jul 02 – 02

2016

 

Chicago –

BLOW-UP FILM FESTIVAL

best production design

Nov 07

BLOW-UP FILM FESTIVAL

Nov 03 – 07

THE PROGRAM ACTIVITY OF CINEMA LUMIERE

Jun 04 – 05

LA TRIENNALE DI MILANO

May 10 – 10

INDIE FILM FESTIVAL IN BRAZIL

Apr 02 – 30

2015

RICHMOND FILM SOCIETY SEASON 53

Dec 15 – 15

PAF – FESTIVAL OF FILM ANIMATION

Dec 03 – Nov 06

CINEMATEKET KRISTIANSAND

Nov 04 – 04

FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE DE MAR DEL PLATA

Oct 30 – Nov 07

MOSTRA 3M DE ARTE DIGITAL

Oct 08 – 25

KUNST UND FILM

Sep 03 – 30

FILE – ELECTRONICAL LANGUAGE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

Jun 15 – 16 (nominated)

THE NORWEGIAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

Jun 10 – 14

AUSTRIAN FILM DAYS

Apr 23 – 29 (in competition)

18TH ANNUAL EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL CHICAGO

Mar 06 – Apr 02 (in competition)

2014

AARHUS FILMFESTIVAL

Nov 11 – 16

INDIE FILM FESTIVAL BRAZIL

Sep 03 – Oct 01

ETATS GÉNÉRAUX DU FILM LUSSAS

Aug 16 – 22

GALERIE SAW GALLERY CANADA

Aug 06 – 06

ART FILM FEST

Jun 21 – 27

INT. ANIMATION FESTIVAL FEST ANCA

Jun 18 – 22

INT. FILM FESTIVAL OF URUGUAY

Apr 10 – 20

UCCA SCREENING

Apr 05 – 13

HONG KONG INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Mar 24 – Apr 07

TAMPERE FILM FESTIVAL

Mar 05 – 09

!F ISTANBUL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

Feb 13 – 23

CINETECA DI BOLOGNE – ARTE FIERA

Jan 26 – 26

GÖTEBORG INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Jan 24 – Feb 02

TRIESTE FILM FESTIVAL – ALPE ADRIA

Jan 17 – 22

2013

BUCHAREST INT. EXPERIMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL

Dec 11 – 15

CAMERIMAGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Nov 16 – 23

MAR DEL PLATA INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Nov 16 – 24

CINECITY – THE BRIGHTON FILM FESTIVAL

Nov 14 – Dec 01

SEVILLE EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL

Nov 08 – 16

LJUBLJANA INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Nov 06 – 17

 

Vienna –

MEHRWERT-FILMPREIS DER ERSTE BANK

Best Feature Film

Nov 06

THESSALONIKI INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Nov 01 – 10

VIENNALE INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Oct 24 – Nov 06

BERGEN INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Oct 23 – 30

INDIECORK FILM FESTIVAL

Oct 16 – 20

INT. FILM FESTIVAL GHENT

Oct 08 – 19

KAUNAS INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Sep 25 – Oct 06

SPLIT FILM FESTIVAL

Sep 14 – 21

THE SUMMER INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Aug 13 – 27

FILM & ART FESTIVAL TWO RIVERSIDES

Jul 27 – 04

MELBOURNE INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Jul 25 – Aug 11

NEW HORIZON FILM FESTIVAL

Jul 18 – 28

EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL

Jul 13 – 19

KARLOVY VARY INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Jun 28 – Jul 06

BILDRAUSCH FILMFEST

May 29 – Jun 02

DOK.FEST MUNICH

May 08 – 15 (in competition)

IMAGE FORUM FESTIVAL

Apr 27 – Jul 18

INDIELISBOA – INT. INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

Apr 18 – 28

INT. FILMFESTSPIELE BERLINALE

Feb 07 – 17

Hopper moves

“Very interesting and a dazzling formal beauty. The work of scenery and photography to acquire the tone and texture of the painting is wonderful ”

2014-08-07

El Pais

A stimulating intralinguistic dialogue between film and painting

“With a setting of carefully theatrical interiors which mimics precisely the details of Hopper’s paintings, Shirley: Visions of a reality not only sets in motion the paintings in question but detailing the historical context in which they were conceived (…) intralinguistic dialogue between the film and the pictorial, meritorious study of space and lighting that explores both the influence of Hollywood in the pictorial production of Edward Hopper as the determining influence of alive paintings in film from prehistory middle ”

Guide Ocio.es (Pablo Ignacio Rico)

2014-08-08

Guia del Ocio.es

‘Shirley: Visions of reality’

TV report in Spanish

2014-08-08

RTVE

‘Shirley: Visions of reality’, Hopper on screen

Gustav Deutsch brings us a film that portrays thirteen paintings of Edward Hopper, an interpretation of his paintings takes us through the story of a woman during decades of change in the US.

2014-08-08

Cadena Ser

A true delight

An idea so simple and clear: turning alive Edward Hopper’s paintings, as “film” on the other. It is what makes Gustav Deutsch, Austrian avant-garde filmmaker (it is a reference name of film found footage), from a dozen one of canvases Hopper: insert into thirteen exquisite September pieces to actriz Stephanie Cumming, who can adapt perfectly to the proposal of becoming something less than a character in a model.

Rather than surrender to the game a little inane of the seven differences (how much recreation original is it?), The viewer of this lilting and elegant experiment, a real aesthetic spectacle, have time to stand diverse reflections on cinema, photo and painting .

For example: to get too close to a painting is that their “figures”, for more realistic look at first, are nothing but strokes; Deutsch plays to find the static flatness of the canvas other types of strokes: trim fiction. Or: narrative become what is not is achieved from the duration and sound that evokes the offscreen, including sound introspective monologues that pinpoints this allegorical and plural Shirley. A true delight.

2014-08-08

ABC.es