Film - Retrospective: Jessica Hausner Filmfest 2023


Directed by Jessica Hausner


Director: Jessica Hausner
Section: Retrospective: Jessica Hausner
Country: Germany, Austria
Year: 2004
Language: German
Version: Original version
Cast: Franziska Weisz, Birgit Minichmayr, Marlene Streeruwitz, Peter Strauß, Regina Fritsch
18+ (no age rating)


A fascinating experimental set-up that explores the question of how fear can be generated through cinematic effects alone.

Irene starts her new job as a receptionist at the Waldhaus, a secluded inn in the Austrian Alps. She eagerly goes about her duties, but the hotel's employees seem increasingly sinister to her. Irene senses a mysterious threat from which she can no longer escape.

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
Production Designer: Katharina Wöppermann
Costume Design: Tanja Hausner
Casting director: Markus Schleinzer
Producer: Philippe Bober, Martin Gschlacht