Loving Highsmith


Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Fri, Sep 16 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Sat, Sep 17 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Sun, Sep 18 6:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Mon, Sep 19 6:30 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Tue, Sep 20 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Wed, Sep 21 1:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Documentary Feature
Release Year:2022
Run Time:83 minutes
Production Country:Switzerland, Germany
Original Language:English, German, French
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Eva Vitija


“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 ending to be published 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 Only in her unpublished writings did she reflect on her private life.

Excerpts from these notes voiced by Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones, Top 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.

“As multilayered as one of the author’s own plots.” — David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

“Lively and captivating.” — Jude Dry, Indiewire

The "Loving Highsmith" screening on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 1:00 p.m. is part of the "Films for Peace" program on International Day of Peace, co-sponsored by Sedona Internatinoal City of Peace. The screening will include a panel discussion following the film by members of the LGBT+ community.