Diagonale
Festival of Austrian Film
April 5–10, 2022, Graz

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Little Joe
Feature Film, AT/GB/DE 2019, Farbe, 105 min., eOmdU
Diagonale 2020

Director: Jessica Hausner
Script: Jessica Hausner, Géraldine Bajard
Cast: Emily Beecham, Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox, Kit Connor, David Wilmot, Phénix Brossard, Sebastian Hülk, Lindsay Duncan
Camera: Martin Gschlacht
Editor: Karina Ressler
Location Sound: Malcom Cromie
Sounddesign: Erik Mischijew, Matz Müller
Production Design: Katharina Wöppermann
Costumes: Tanja Hausner
Producers: Bruno Wagner, Bertrand Faivre, Philippe Bober, Martin Gschlacht, Jessica Hausner, Gerardine O'Flynn
Production: coop99 filmproduktion
Co-production: The Bureau (GB) Essential Filmproduktion (DE)

 

The Diagonale’20 was cancelled due to official measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Jessica Hausner’s English sci-fi film revolves around the biologist Alice and a genetically manipulated plant that she has developed, whose scent is meant to make people happy. However, Little Joe (as the plant is called) might not work as anticipated, but instead, could be influencing human behavior in an alarming, albeit hardly noticeable way. Does Alice really want to know the truth? Or would she prefer to be happy?