Lovely Rita

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    Lovely Rita

    Directed by

    Austria

    2001

    79 min

    • German

    Drama, Horror

    Cannes IFF: Un Certain Regard

    Rita, a willful and unruly teenager, is on the verge of womanhood. Her sexual awakening leads her to intimacy with a schoolboy, too young, and a bus driver, too old. Ritas efforts to break out of her solitude and claustrophobic environment isolate her even more, until one day she crosses the line.

    Awards

    • FIPRESCI Prize - Special Mention, Vienna Film Award - Viennale

    Credits

    Cast
    Barbara Osika
    Christoph Bauer
    Peter Fiala
    Wolfgang Kostal
    Karina Brandlmayer
    Gabriele Wurm Bauer
    Harald Urban
    Felix Eisier
    Agnes Napieralska
    Rene Wanko
    Marcia Knoppel
    Ursula Pucher
    Lili Schageri
    Frau Urban
    Bettina Grossinger
    Screenplay
    Jessica Hausner
    Cinematography
    Martin Gschlacht
    Editing
    Karin Hartusch
    Alarich Lenz
    Music
    Dom Capuano
    Production
    COOP99 FILMPRODUKTION
    Production
    PRISMA FILM- UND FERNSEHPRODUKTION GMBH
    Sales
    COPRODUCTION OFFICE

    Press

    A secret theatre of horror.

    Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

    A director with a very distinctive vision.

    Sheila Johnston, Screen Daily

    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