Official Selection


Jessica Hausner | Austria, United Kingdom, Germany | 2019 | 105
O.V in English subtitled in Spanish

The first English film by the director of Lourdes, who takes us to Alice's laboratory, which has created a plant that, if properly cared for, gives off an aroma that generates happiness. A vegetable tamagotchi that begins to change everyone except Alice, who suddenly finds herself in a disturbing situation. Not exactly a thriller about killer plants (not really), but a psychological plot with cronenbergian touches of humour, like Invasion of the Body Snatchers on the Prozac Era. Featuring Emily Beecham (Best Actress at Cannes for this role) and Ben Whishaw.

Direction: Jessica Hausner
Script: Jessica Hausner, Géraldine Bajard
Cinematography: Martin Gschlacht
Editing: Karina Ressler
Sound: Malcolm Cromie, Erik Mischijev, Matz Müller
Cast: Emily Beecham, Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox, Kit Connor, David Wilmot, Phénix Brossard, Sebastian Hülk, Lindsay Duncan
Production: Bruno Wagner, Bertrand Faivre, Philippe Bober, Martin Gschlacht, Jessica Hausner, Gerardine O’Flynn
Production Company: Coop99, The Bureau, Essential Films


Jessica Hausner was born in Vienna, Austria in 1972. She studied directing at the Film Academy of Vienna where she made the award-winning short films, Flora (1996) and Inter-view (1999). In 2001, her debut feature film, Lovely Rita premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in Un Certain Regard. She returned to Un Certain Regard with her second feature, Hotel in 2004. In 2009, Lourdes was selected in Competition at the Venice Film Festival where it was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize. Amour Fou was Hausner’s third film to be presented in Un Certain Regard, where it premiered in 2014, and was part of the Official Selection in Sevilla. Little Joe is Jessica Hausner’s fifth feature film and her English language debut. The film premiered in the Official Section in Cannes, where it won the Best Actress Award (Emily Beecham).