Little Joe
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    Little Joe

    Directed by

    • Jessica Hausner

    Austria, Germany, United Kingdom

    2019

    105 min

    • English

    Drama, Sci-fi

    Alice, a single mother, is a dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. She has engineered a very special crimson flower, remarkable not only for its beauty but also for its therapeutic value: if kept at the ideal temperature, fed properly and spoken to regularly, this plant makes its owner happy. Against company policy, Alice takes one home as a gift for her teenage son, Joe. They christen it 'Little Joe' but as it grows, so too does Alice's suspicion that her new creations may not be as harmless as their nickname suggests.

    Awards

    • Best Actress (Emily Beecham) - Cannes IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Emily Beecham
    Ben Whishaw
    Lindsay Duncan
    Screenplay
    Jessica Hausner
    Géraldine Bajard
    Cinematography
    Martin Gschlacht
    Editing
    Karina Ressler
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    Press

    A hugely cerebral psychoanalytical film with a societal focus, flirting with the genre of sci-fi chiller and the world of genetic mutations.

    Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa

    Jessica Hausner

    Jessica Hausner

    Austria

    "I always see the characters in contrast to their task, their obligation. I have a strong sense of these characters like in a game of chess, what’s their role in this process?"

    Jessica Hausner was born in Vienna, Austria. She studied directing at the Filmakademie of Vienna, where in 1996 she made the short film FLORA, which won the Léopard de Demain at the Locarno Festival. INTER-VIEW, her graduation film, won the Prix du Jury of the Cinéfondation at the Cannes Film Festival in 1999. Two years later, LOVELY RITA, her first feature film, was presented in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes FF. Her second feature HOTEL was again selected for Cannes FF, and won the Grand Prix for the Best Austrian Feature at the Diagonale 2005. In 2009 she went on to make the multiple prize-winning feature LOURDES. Her most recent feature, AMOUR FOU has taken part in both Cannes and Toronto IFF. Her last feature LITTLE JOE will premiere in Cannes, in the Official Selection.

    Selected Filmography