Jessica Hausner: The Miracle Worker
Ahead of our retrospective, we talked to Hausner about each of her films. Read the interview here.
After emerging onto the scene with her 2001 feature debut, Lovely Rita, Austrian filmmaker Jessica Hausner has rapidly established herself as a tirelessly inventive director who reconfigures genre codes in clever and provocative ways. Whether reimagining the thriller in the vividly atmospheric Hotel, exploring spirituality in the Tati-esque Lourdes, or darkly and humorously riffing on the period film in Amour fou, Hausner never fails to surprise and stimulate. On the occasion of the release of her latest, the meticulously composed and enthralling Frankenstein gloss Little Joe, Film at Lincoln Center presents a complete retrospective of Hausner’s oeuvre with the director herself in person.
Highlights of the retrospective include a special sneak preview of Little Joe, with Hausner and star Emily Beecham in attendance for a Q&A, as well as a number of films presented on 35mm, including Lovely Rita, a menace-tinged portrait of teenage suburban malaise; a shorts program featuring Hausner’s Locarno Festival–winning short Flora and the mid-length Inter-View, Hausner’s graduation film at the Filmacademy Vienna; and the unsettling psychological horror movie Hotel. Other standouts of the series include the video installation Toast, presented in a free loop in the Film at Lincoln Center amphitheater, and the lavish, darkly comedic costume drama Amour fou.
Organized by Florence Almozini and Dan Sullivan. Special thanks to Magnolia Pictures and Austrian Cultural Forum NY.
Sneak Preview · Q&A with Jessica Hausner and Emily BeechamA gloss on Frankenstein like nothing you’ve seen before, Hausner’s funny and philosophical latest follows two scientists (Emily Beecham and Ben Whishaw) as they develop a happiness-inducing plant that develops an agenda of its own. Beecham was awarded Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her performance. A Magnolia Pictures release.
Introduction by Jessica HausnerHausner’s ravishingly stylized comic portrait of the 19th-century German haute bourgeoisie follows the romantic trials and tribulations of writer Heinrich von Kleist as he searches Berlin for that special someone with whom to enter into a double-suicide pact.
Q&A with Jessica Hausner on November 9Hausner’s ironic parable, about a wheelchair-bound woman (Sylvie Testud) miraculously cured on a Catholic pilgrimage, contemplates grace and the miraculous with a wry sense of humor and a subtly touching humanism.
Introduction by Jessica Hausner on November 8In her debut feature, Jessica Hausner probes the uncanny banality of suburban malaise through the eyes of Rita, a teen girl riding sinister currents of adolescent anger and disillusionment.
Shorts Program: Flora and Inter-View
Free Amphitheater Loop: Toast
Free and open to the public!This video installation pays unnervingly close attention to domestic routine, portraying a young woman in the kitchen methodically preparing food. This quotidian ritual slowly comes to feel like a sort of obsessive sublimation of more obscure psychic energies.
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