Film - Retrospective: Jessica Hausner Filmfest 2023


Directed by Jessica Hausner


Director: Jessica Hausner
Section: Retrospective: Jessica Hausner
Country: Germany, Austria
Year: 2001
Language: German
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Barbara Osika, Christoph Bauer, Peter Fiala, Wolfgang Kostal, Karina Brandlmayer
18+ (no age rating)


Jessica Hausner's first feature film is provocative, fascinating, and shocking -- a milestone of Austrian cinema in 2001.

Rita is an outsider: in her family, in her class at school, in her life as a teenager. Fifteen years old, lonely, and in search of recognition and affection, she tries to seduce Fexi, who is two years her junior -- and has sex with a bus driver in a restroom. She tries to become more popular with her classmates -- and skips school more and more often. When she's caught by the police, she eventually sees her father's gun on the kitchen table -- and takes action. Things just happen. The last freeze frame -- as Rita looks into the camera -- poses a big question.

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
Director of Photography: Martin Gschlacht
Film Editor: Karin Hartusch
Costume Design: Tanja Hausner
Make-up artist: Ariane Wisniewski
Casting director: Eva Roth
Producer: Philippe Bober, Heinz Stussak