Film - CineMasters Competition Filmfest 2023


Directed by Jessica Hausner


Director: Jessica Hausner
Section: CineMasters Competition
Country: Denmark, Germany, France, Katar, Austria, United Kingdom
Year: 2023
Language: English
Version: Original version
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Amir El-Masry, Elsa Zylberstein, Mathieu Demy
18+ (no age rating)


A skillfully pointed satire which uses formal austerity and subtle humor to tell of the seductive power of ideology.

Ms. Novak is the new teacher at an elite boarding school. She teaches nutrition choices. She says that those who eat consciously are not only exercising self-control, but also counteracting rampant consumerism and global warming. Before long, her students are obsessed with fasting -- and before the other teachers and the affluent parents realize it, Club Zero has become reality.

Meet the director


Jessica Hausner

Jessica Hausner was born in 1972 in Vienna, where she attended the Film Academy. Her short film FLORA received an award at the Locarno Film Festival, as did her graduation film INTER-VIEW at the Cinéfondation in Cannes in 1999. That year, she founded the production company coop99 with Barbara Albert, Antonin Svoboda, and Martin Gschlacht.
Hausner's feature-length debut, LOVELY RITA, celebrated its world premiere in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival in 2001. Three years later, she presented her next film, HOTEL, there. LOURDES was screened in competition at the Venice Film Festival in 2009, where it earned the FIPRESCI Prize. Lead actress Sylvie Testud received the European Film Award for it. Hausner returned to Cannes and the Un Certain Regard section five years later with AMOUR FOU. That film earned her her first Austrian Film Award in the category of best screenplay. LITTLE JOE is her fifth feature film and her first in English. Emily Beecham received a best actress award for it at Cannes. Hausner's latest film, CLUB ZERO, premiered in competition at Cannes this year.


Screenplay: Jessica Hausner, Géraldine Bajard
Director of Photography: Martin Gschlacht
Film Editor: Karina Ressler
Composer: Markus Binder
Costume Design: Tanja Hausner
Sound: Erik Mischijew, Tobias Fleig
Sound design: Patrick Veigel
Make-up artist: Heiko Schmidt, Kerstin Gaecklein
Casting director: Lucy Pardee
Producer: Bruno Wagner, Philippe Bober, Mike Goodridge, Johannes Schubert
Production Company: coop99 filmproduktion, Coproduction Office
World Sales: Coproduction Office
Distributor: Neue Visionen Filmverleih GmbH