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09.03, - 21:00, Lumiere
Director:  Jessica Hausner
Cinematography:  Martin Gschlacht
Screenplay:  Jessica Hausner
Producer:  Antonin Svoboda , Philippe Bober , Martin Gschlacht , Susanne Marian
Cast:  Franziska Weisz , Birgit Minichmayr , Marlene Streeruwitz , Rosa Waissnix , Christopher Schaerf
Production:  coop99 Filmproduktion/Essential Filmproduktion
International distribution:  The Coproduction Office
Main programme / International Competition
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The Woodsman

, 2004, 85 min, color

In the remote Austrian Alps lies a hotel with endless winding corridors and dark corners. After the mysterious disappearance of the receptionist, the young, innocent Irene is hired for the job. The police are investigating the disappearance as suspicious, and Irene is plagued by the paranoid feeling that shes being watched when she swims alone in the hotel pool at night. Can she trust the young Erik? Forests, mountains and ravines entice her into a fatal world thats impossible to resist.

The director was inspired by Austrian short stories and tales in her attempt to renew a standardised genre. What interested me was achieving a new cinematic language that questioned this sort of genre signposting, she says. Another idea explored by Jessica Hausner is how to retain a certain ambiguity by telling the story in a way that does not explain everything away. I really didnt want to give too many clues and tried to eliminate all the realistic, social and psychological details that could give information to the audience.

Austrian director Jessica Hausner, born in Vienna in 1972, studied directing at the Vienna Film Academy. She first gained attention with the short Flora (1996), which won several prizes, including an award at the Locarno IFF. Her graduation film, Inter-View, was awarded the Special Jury Prize at Cannes in 1999. Two years later Hausner made her feature debut with Lovely Rita, which was entered in the Un certain regard competition at Cannes, won an award at the 2001 Viennale and was screened at the Karlovy Vary IFF. Her second feature offers an original twist on the classic story-setting of the mystical forest. Hotel again attracted attention at Cannes in the Un certain regard category.
2001  Lovely Rita
2004  Hotel
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