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U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Auteur Filmmaking

Fred and Rose move to a small Vermont college town in pursuit of a job for Fred as an assistant professor of literature. The young couple receives an offer for free room and board from professor Stanley Hyman, as long as Rose agrees to spend time cleaning up the home and looking after his wife, acclaimed horror author Shirley Jackson. At first Fred and Rose detest the rocky household of the eccentric couple, but they eventually establish deep bonds with their counterparts, which will test the limits of their young love.

Director Josephine Decker makes an exciting return with a biographical portrait brought alive with energy and imagination, based on a novel by Susan Scarf Merrell and screenplay by Sarah Gubbins. Shirley is a fresh take on the period drama, full of contemporary intrigue and dynamic in style. It features a stellar lead cast—Elisabeth Moss, Michael Stuhlbarg, Odessa Young, and Logan Lerman—who all return to the Festival to give another memorable performance.

YEAR 2019

CATEGORY U.S. Dramatic Competition


RUN TIME 107 min

COMPANY Los Angeles Media Fund

WEBSITE https://lamf.la/

EMAIL andrew@lamf.la

PHONE (424) 343-8764


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Artist Bio

Josephine Decker

Josephine Decker’s feature Madeline’s Madeline premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for best picture at Independent Filmmaker Project’s Gotham Awards and for two Film Independent Spirit Awards. Her first two narrative features premiered at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival. She also explores collaborative storytelling via TV directing, documentary making, performance art, accordion playing, acting, teaching, and leading artist residencies with the School of Making Thinking.