Respect: Jessica Hausner

Jessica Hausner was born in Vienna in 1972. She studied directing at the Film Academy of Vienna where she made the award-winning short films Flora (1996)
and Interview (1999). Her debut feature film Lovely Rita premiered in Cannes in Un Certain Regard in 2001. She returned to Un Certain Regard in 2004 with her second
feature, Hotel. In 2009, Lourdes was selected in Competition at the Venice Film
Festival where it was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize. Amour Fou (2014) premiered
in Un Certain Regard and Little Joe (2019), Jessica Hausner’s fifth feature film and her English language debut, in Competition at Cannes where Emily Beecham received the “Prix d’interprétation féminine” for Best Actress. Her latest film Club Zero (2023) world premiered in the official competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2023.

  • Club Zero

    Club Zero

    AT/DE/GB, 2023, 110 min.; en / cz tit

    Director: Jessica Hausner

    The central character of the story is a charismatic teacher, Ms Novak, who enters a private secondary school. Soon, she impresses the students with her charisma and innovative concept of changing eating habits. She also creates an elite student club…

  • Lovely Rita

    Lovely Rita

    AT/DE, 2001, 80 min.; de / en sub / sk tit

    Director: Jessica Hausner

    Rita, a wilful and unruly teenager, is on the verge of womanhood. Her sexual awakening leads her to intimacy with a schoolboy, too young, and a bus driver, too old. Rita’s efforts to break out of her solitude and claustrophobic…

  • Little Joe

    Little Joe

    AT/GB/DE/FR, 2019, 101 min.; en / cz tit

    Director: Jessica Hausner

    Scientist Alice has developed a plant that is supposed to bring happiness to people. When she gives one to her son Joe, the reality turns out to be much scarier.

  • Hotel


    AT/DE, 2004, 73 min.; de / cz tit

    Director: Jessica Hausner

    Irene gets a job as a receptionist at a large, lonely hotel in the Austrian Alps. She discovers that the girl who worked there before her has mysteriously disappeared. Wandering through the labyrinth of desolate hotel corridors, the impersonal room…

  • Lourdes


    AT/FR/DE, 2009, 99 min.; fr / en sub / sk tit

    Director: Jessica Hausner

    Christine has been confined to a wheelchair for most of her life. In order to escape her isolation, she makes a journey to Lourdes—the iconic site of pilgrimage in the Pyrenees mountains. She wakes up one morning seemingly cured by…

  • Amour fou

    Amour fou

    AT/LX/DE, 2014, 92 min.; de / cz tit

    Director: Jessica Hausner

    Berlin, the beginning of the 19th century. Young poet Heinrich wishes to conquer the inevitability of death through love, yet is unable to convince his skeptical cousin Marie to join him in a suicide pact. It is whilst coming to…