After emerging onto the scene 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. Whether reimagining the thriller in the vividly atmospheric Hotel, exploring spirituality in the Tati-esque Lourdes, or darkly and humorously riffing on the period film in Amour fou, Hausner never fails to surprise and stimulate. On the occasion of the release of her latest, the meticulously composed and enthralling Frankenstein gloss Little Joe, Film at Lincoln Center presents a complete retrospective of Hausner’s oeuvre with the director herself in person.
Highlights of the retrospective include a special sneak preview of Little Joe, with Hausner and star Emily Beecham in attendance for a Q&A, as well as a number of films presented on 35mm, including Lovely Rita, a menace-tinged portrait of teenage suburban malaise; a shorts program featuring Hausner’s Locarno Festival–winning short Flora and the mid-length Inter-View, Hausner’s graduation film at the Filmacademy Vienna; and the unsettling psychological horror movie Hotel. Other standouts of the series include the video installation Toast, presented in a free loop in the Film at Lincoln Center amphitheater, and the lavish, darkly comedic costume drama Amour fou.