Austrian director Jessica Hausner has established herself with only five feature films as one of the most personal directors of European cinema. Since her debut in the feature film with Lovely Rita presented at Cannes 2001, she has gone through the great film festivals, winning the FIPRESCI prize in Venice with Lourdes, who also won the Giraldillo de Oro in Seville 2009. His latest film, Little Joe, the first shot in English, was presented in the official section of Cannes 2019, with a lead performance that won Emily Beecham best actress prize.
Her style as a director has always revolved around the cinematographic language, of what is shown and not shown, moving between the real and the imagined, thus questioning the viewer’s perception with subtle and fascinating works that have led her to be compared to names as diverse and personal such as Stanley Kubrick, Jacques Tati or Yorgos Lanthimos. An imaginative director who makes a daring, darkly comic and visionary cinema that can go from the abstraction of a film as a Hotel to point purely contemporary keys to the reformulation of the horror genre in an intelligent and provocative way in Little Joe, a film that places her as one of the most fascinating directors of the moment and a talent with a growing reputation to follow closely.
Films in the retrospective: