Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement

USA 2009, Documentary, 61' | Director, Screenplay, DoP, Editor Susan Muska, Gréta Olafsdóttir | Sound Lora Hirschberg | Music Karl Henry | Production Bless Bless Productions

"One of the most beautiful love stories I have ever seen."
Sarah Witness

"Even the most hardened marriage sceptics in the audience will not be able to suppress tears of joy!"
The 20th Hamburg Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer have already been a couple for 42 years when they get married in Canada. Edie and Thea look back over the pictures of their life together and recall the moment they first met. Their story begins in the pre-Stonewall days of the early 1960s. One day, Thea plucks up courage to ask a close girlfriend where all the lesbians go. It is a time of secret bars, private parties and the fear of discovery.

Susan Muska and Gréta Olafsdóttir, who caused a stir with their documentary The Brandon Teena Story, again tell a true story, this time one with a happy ending. The directors have made an atmospheric portrait, full of pictures, of a couple who fought all their lives both for their own love and for the social recognition of lesbian/gay communities and love.

Presented by LMAG. Susan Muska and Gréta Olafsdóttir will introduce the film in Cologne.


Susan Muska
graduated in Botany and Political Science in 1981 from Duke University. Then she studied Eastern European Economics and Politics in Copenhagen, Fine Art at Parsons School of Design, and then Documentary Film and Video at the New School, New York. She also has a degree in French studies and one in Anthropology from New York University.

Gréta Olafsdóttir is a fashion, art and documentary photographer who studied at the School of Visual Arts. She is currently taking a BA in Women's Studies at the New College of California.

Susan Muska, Gréta Olafsdóttir, Greta Olafsdottir
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