Diagonale
Festival of Austrian Film
June 8–13, 2021, Graz

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Lovely Rita
Feature Film, AT/DE 2001, Farbe, 79 min., OmeU
Diagonale 2020

Director, Script: Jessica Hausner
Cast: Barbara Osika, Christoph Bauer, Peter Fiala, Wolfgang Kostal, Karina Brandlmayer
Camera: Martin Gschlacht
Editor: Karin Hartusch
Location Sound: Thomas Schmidt-Gentner
Producers: Antonin Svoboda, Philippe Bober, Heinz Stussak
Production: coop99 filmproduktion
Co-production: Prisma Film- und Fernsehproduktion, Essential Filmproduktion (DE)

 

In the short film Flora, one of her first works, Jessica Hausner addresses becoming an adult. In her feature film debut Lovely Rita, the filmmaker again takes up the coming-of-age theme and with her story of a pubescent girl who overtaxes everyone with her sexuality, exposes the commonplace lack of true relationships. The film is the first production by coop99, which Hausner co-founded in 1999 with Barbara Albert, Antonin Svoboda, and Martin Gschlacht.