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Austria, 2013 (MIFF 2013, International Panorama)

Director: Gustav Deutsch

"Thirteen works by popular American painter Edward Hopper spring to life in this experimental Austrian tour-de-force." - Hollywood Reporter

Edward Hopper's compositions are renowned for their cinematic appeal, and have long influenced filmmakers. In this ambitious film, director Gustav Deutsch (FILM IST.a girl & a gun, MIFF 2009) recreates scenes from 13 of Hopper's most beloved realist paintings (including 1932's Room in New York, 1938's Night Windows and 1940's Office at Night), reimagining their central figure as one character: Shirley, an ageless New York actress. Her journey charts the triumphs, tragedy and social changes running through the USA from the 1930s to the 1960s.

With some of the 20th century's most iconic art as both its inspiration and its primary setting, Shirley - Visions of Reality honours Deutsch's experimental ambition as it explores and speculates on the mesmerising internal life of these instantly recognisable works. Propelled by a visual aesthetic that is at once beautiful and unique, and which shows utmost fidelity to Hopper's tone and style, this profound feature shines on the big screen to deliver a sumptuous and unparalleled synthesis of painting and cinema.

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See also...

FILM IST. 7–12

Gustav Deutsch's Film ist. 1-6 intrigued MIFF 2000 audiences with its collection of rare and bizarre scientific footage. The follow-up project, Film ist. 7-12, adopts a similar structure of six ... More »


“A film is a girl and a gun.” - D.W. Griffith ... Gustav Deutsch puts the famous axiom to the test with this continuation of his Film ist. project, delivering his most stunning and erotically ... More »

World mirror cinema

In this new-found footage work by Gustav Deutsch (Film Ist), three historical camera pans take in the streets and squares of Vienna, Surabaya and Porto. They provide a starting point for reflecting ... More »


Film Speaks Many Languages is a reworking of 21 fragments of a feature film made in India found in Casablanca and reworked in Vienna used to (re)construct a one minute story in four parts dictated by ... More »


Gustav Deutsch's magnificent Film Ist recycles every­thing from footage purchased in a flea-market (old Mexican soap-opera colour tests used by a cleaning lady to scrub floors) through to 35mm ... More »


On a sweltering hot summer day, the 'dog days' settle on an affluent Vienna suburb. Behind the sterile exteriors, outer garments and inhibitions are cast off as six characters lose their cool. Former ... More »

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