In the Realms of the Unreal

"Brilliant."
DALLAS OBSERVER
"Singular and haunting."
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
"Absorbing and exquisite... spellbinding."
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
"Fascinating."
HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"Compelling...somewhat disturbing."
NEW YORK POST
"One of a kind."
L.A. DAILY NEWS
"Superb."
L.A. WEEKLY

Synopsis

Henry Darger was an elderly recluse who spent his childhood in an Illinois asylum for feeble-minded children and his adulthood working as a janitor. To the outside world he lived a quiet, nearly solitary existence, but in his mind he'd created a haunting, fantasy dreamscape. When Henry Darger died alone at the age of 81, his landlords discovered hundreds of brilliant and disturbing paintings, some over 10 feet long, and a 15,000 page illustrated novel (The Realms of the Unreal), which told the epic story of the virtuous Vivian Girls, seven angelic sisters who lead a rebellion against, goddless, child-enslaving men. Featuring the voices of Dakota Fanning (I AM SAM, CAT IN THE HAT) and Larry Pine (THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, THE ICE STORM), the music of Emmy-winning composer Jeff Beal and the work of a team of animators, this wholly original film tells the story of a hidden universe.
Original Languages: English
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 81 min.
Year: 2004

CREDITS

DIRECTED BY
Jessica Yu

TRAILER

http://www.vh1.com/movies/movie/249898/trailers.jhtml

PHOTOS

At Jennie Richee, Vivian Girls Escape with booty but in crossing river nuded are captured by Calverinian Boy Scouts who mistake them for Glandelinian Girl Scouts (detail)- Carbon transfer, pencil, and watercolor, 21.75x88"
At Second Battle of McHollister Run. They are pursued. This is a tropical region for some unknown reason the trees are dead (detail)- Carbon tracing, pencil, and watercolor, 19x47"
At Jennie Richee. After being shown how to escape from cavern by their help, they ask creatures to display their wings, which they do (detail)- Collage, carbon tracing, pencil, and watercolor, 24x110"
At McCalls Run. Hands of Fire - Pencil and watercolor, approximately 19x23"
Untitled (detail)- Carbon tracing, pencil, and watercolor, 24x107"
Director Jessica Yu