FLORA

by Jessica Hausner

Austria, 1995, 25', colour

Seventeen year old Flora lives with her parents in a small Austrian village. She enjoys going to dancing school, though she usually sits by herself unasked to dance. In secret she romanticizes for Attila, a self-confident, good looking young man who also is a great dancer. The only one who shows interest in Flora and where she might have a change is the inconspicuous Jacob. Out of frustration and by not having „a better chance” Flora eventually makes friends with the young man. Coming home late one day, Flora’s parents draw a wrong conclusion and call her a hooker. Flora packs her stuff and moves in with Jacob. Shortly after this she meets Attila in a discotheque. Finally Attila devotes some attention to her. She lets Attila seduce her. Her illusions get destroyed suddenly when she finds out that Attila is married.

 

Jessica Hausner

 

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 Film Festival before being distributed in twenty territories.

 

Her second feature film HOTEL was again selected in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival 2004, and won the Grand Prix for the Best Austrian Feature at the Diagonale 2005. LOURDES, her third feature film, won the FIPRESCI award at the Venice Film Festival of 2009. Jessica Hausner is currently developing her fourth feature film project.

FILMOGRAPHY

2009 LOURDES, Fiction, 99 min.
2006 TOAST, Fiction, 45 min.
2004 HOTEL, Fiction, 83 min.
2001 LOVELY RITA, Fiction, 79 min.
1999 INTER-VIEW, Fiction, 48 min.
1995 FLORA, Fiction, 25 min.

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Festivals

Angers 1999 - Grand Prix / Best European Student Film

Viennale 1997 - New Cinema Award

Locarno 1996 - Leopard of Tomorrow 

 

Year: 
1995
Duration: 
25'

Jessica Hausner

 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 Film Festival before being distributed in twenty territories. 

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Country: 
Austria Austria
Synopsis: 

Seventeen year old Flora lives with her parents in a small Austrian village. She enjoys going to dancing school, though she usually sits by herself unasked to dance. In secret she romanticizes for Attila, a self-confident, good looking young man who also is a great dancer. The only one who shows interest in Flora and where she might have a change is the inconspicuous Jacob. Out of frustration and by not having „a better chance” Flora eventually makes friends with the young man. Coming home late one day, Flora’s parents draw a wrong conclusion and call her a hooker. Flora packs her stuff and moves in with Jacob. Shortly after this she meets Attila in a discotheque. Finally Attila devotes some attention to her. She lets Attila seduce her. Her illusions get destroyed suddenly when she finds out that Attila is married.  

Festivals: 

Angers 1999 - Grand Prix / Best European Student FilmViennale 1997 - New Cinema AwardLocarno 1996 - Leopard of Tomorrow  

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