Film - Retrospective: Jessica Hausner Filmfest 2023


Directed by Jessica Hausner


Director: Jessica Hausner
Section: Retrospective: Jessica Hausner
Country: Germany, France, Austria
Year: 2009
Language: French
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Sylvie Testud, Léa Seydoux, Bruno Todeschini, Elina Löwensohn, Gilette Barbier
18+ (no age rating)


This film uses irony to expose the commercial nature of religious pilgrimages while respecting the deep faith of the believers.

Christine is in a wheelchair and is on a pilgrimage to Lourdes in France. She has a skeptical view of the religious hoopla and the other pilgrims' belief in miracles. But then she, of all people, regains her ability to walk after a visit to the grotto of Massabielle. Resentment quickly spreads among the faithful. Was it really a miracle?

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: Karina Ressler
Casting director: Markus Schleinzer
Producer: Philippe Bober, Martin Gschlacht