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Jessica Hausner

After emerging with her 2001 feature debut, Lovely Rita, Austrian filmmaker Jessica Hausner has rapidly established herself as a tirelessly inventive director who reconfigures genre codes in clever and provocative ways.

Her new release Little Joe is a clinically stylised and emotionally austere sci-fi. Labelled “a Body Snatchers for the age of antidepressants” by Rolling Stone, it follows the disturbing power of manufactured plants, originally intended to make people happy. To celebrate its release we’re also screening Lovely Rita and a couple of rarely screened shorts: coming-of-age tale and winner of the Lion of Tomorrow prize at Locarno Film Festival, Flora; and mid-length film Inter-view, where the story of a student who conducts interviews with strangers on the street, is intercut with that of a young woman who sets about changing her life.

Enjoy our special programme to celebrate this rare talent in film making.