In the Realms of the Unreal

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In the Realms of the Unreal
In the Realms of the Unreal (film poster).jpg
Directed by Jessica Yu
Produced by Susan West
Written by Jessica Yu
Starring Larry Pine
Frier McCollister
Wally Wingert
Janice Hong
Narrated by Dakota Fanning
Music by Jeff Beal
Cinematography Russell Harper
Edited by Jessica Yu
Distributed by Forward Entertainment
Mongrel Media
Wellspring Media
Release dates 2004 (2004)
Running time 81 min.
Country United States
Language English

In the Realms of the Unreal is a 2004 documentary about outsider artist Henry Darger.

An obscure janitor during his life, Darger is known for the posthumous discovery of his elaborate 15,143-page fantasy manuscript entitled The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion, along with several hundred watercolor paintings and other drawings illustrating the story.

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The film's style is atypical of a documentary. Because there are only four known photographs of Darger, and because of his reclusive lifestyle, the film is mostly a narrated biographical account, accompanied by animated versions of events from his magnum opus, which is also described in detail. Interviews with his few neighbors and other acquaintances are included as well.

The film was directed by Jessica Yu. It won the National Film Board Award for Best Documentary at the 2004 Vancouver International Film Festival.

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