Hotel

by Jessica Hausner

Austria/Germany, 2004, 83', colour



Irene takes a position at a hotel deep in the woods of the Austrian Alps. She soon discovers that the girl she replaced vanished mysteriously and fears that her life is at stake. A disturbing journey through mystery and anguish reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch, empowered by a very personal vision of terror.

Reviews

"Jessica Haussner plays with childhood fantasies and flirts with the desire to play a cat and mouse game with the viewer. She shows the appeal of her main female character to the forest, the forbidden door, the sexual experience."

Jean-Luc Douin, LE MONDE

"HOTEL is an artistic horror film following in line with CAT PEOPLE and THE SHINING. [...] HOTEL features much of what young German cinema needs: mystery and suspense, genre and philosophy, impressive pictures and beautiful restraint."
Hans Schifferle, SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG

"Jessica Hausner's HOTEL checks in as a five-star production."
Derek Elley, VARIETY

"Jessica Hausner plays the mise-en-scene of great cinema with virtuosity."
Daniel Kothenschulte, FRANKFURTER RUNDSCHAU

"In this paranoid film, Jessica Hausner chooses the high-tech thrill with tight framings and a soundtrack mixed with remote screams and sinister sounds […] plugged directly into the viewers plexus. Efficient."
Didier Péron, LIBERATION

 "The way she creates tension from gestures, constriction through the use of space and character through coloring is masterly."
Eberhard von Elterlein, DIE WELT

"Brothers Grimm's fairy tale, but for adults."
Jacques Morice, TELERAMA

"A pure fantasy film."
Michel Cieutat., POSITIF

"A heavy anxiety is all over HOTEL. (…) We haven't shivered with so much pleasure for a long time."
PREMIERE

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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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Cast

Franziska Weisz - Irene
Birgit Minichmayr - Petra
Marlene Streeruwitz - Frau Maschek
Rosa Waissnix - Frau Liebig
Christopher Schärf - Erik
Peter Strauß - Herr Kros

Crew / Technical Info

Crew

Director: Jessica Hausner
Script: Jessica Hausner
Director of Photography: Martin Gschlacht
Editing: Karina Ressler
Art Direction: Katharina Wöppermann
Costume design: Tanja Hausner
Sound: Frieder Gloeckner
Executive Producer: Bruno Wagner
Producers: Antonin Svoboda, Philippe Bober, Martin Gschlacht, Susanne Marian
Production Companies: Coop 99, Essential Filmproduktion GmbH

Technical Information

Category: Feature Film / Fiction
Original Language: German
Format: 35mm / colour
Screen Ratio: 1:1.85
Speed: 24 frames/second
Sound: Dolby SRD (4 channels)
Number of Reels: 5
Footage: 2139m

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Festivals

 

PREMIERE

Cannes 2005, Un Certain Regard


MAIN AWARDS

Bitola 2004, Bronze Camera
Leeds 2005, Grand Prize of European Fantasy Film
Diagonale 2005, Best Film & Best Script

ADDITIONAL SELECTION

Max Ophüls Preis 2005, Competition

Pressbook

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Year: 
2004
Duration: 
83'

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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Austria Austria
Germany Germany



Irene takes a position at a hotel deep in the woods of the Austrian Alps. She soon discovers that the girl she replaced vanished mysteriously and fears that her life is at stake. A disturbing journey through mystery and anguish reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch, empowered by a very personal vision of terror.

Reviews: 

"Jessica Haussner plays with childhood fantasies and flirts with the desire to play a cat and mouse game with the viewer. She shows the appeal of her main female character to the forest, the forbidden door, the sexual experience."

Jean-Luc Douin, LE MONDE

"HOTEL is an artistic horror film following in line with CAT PEOPLE and THE SHINING. [...] HOTEL features much of what young German cinema needs: mystery and suspense, genre and philosophy, impressive pictures and beautiful restraint."
Hans Schifferle, SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG

"Jessica Hausner's HOTEL checks in as a five-star production."
Derek Elley, VARIETY

"Jessica Hausner plays the mise-en-scene of great cinema with virtuosity."
Daniel Kothenschulte, FRANKFURTER RUNDSCHAU

"In this paranoid film, Jessica Hausner chooses the high-tech thrill with tight framings and a soundtrack mixed with remote screams and sinister sounds […] plugged directly into the viewers plexus. Efficient."
Didier Péron, LIBERATION

 "The way she creates tension from gestures, constriction through the use of space and character through coloring is masterly."
Eberhard von Elterlein, DIE WELT

"Brothers Grimm's fairy tale, but for adults."
Jacques Morice, TELERAMA

"A pure fantasy film."
Michel Cieutat., POSITIF

"A heavy anxiety is all over HOTEL. (…) We haven't shivered with so much pleasure for a long time."
PREMIERE

Trailer / Extracts: 
Synopsis: 

Irene takes a position at a hotel deep in the woods of the Austrian Alps. She soon discovers that the girl she replaced vanished mysteriously and fears that her life is at stake. A disturbing journey through mystery and anguish reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch, empowered by a very personal vision of terror.

Cast details: 

Franziska Weisz - Irene
Birgit Minichmayr - Petra
Marlene Streeruwitz - Frau Maschek
Rosa Waissnix - Frau Liebig
Christopher Schärf - Erik
Peter Strauß - Herr Kros

Crew / Technical Info: 

Crew

Director: Jessica Hausner
Script: Jessica Hausner
Director of Photography: Martin Gschlacht
Editing: Karina Ressler
Art Direction: Katharina Wöppermann
Costume design: Tanja Hausner
Sound: Frieder Gloeckner
Executive Producer: Bruno Wagner
Producers: Antonin Svoboda, Philippe Bober, Martin Gschlacht, Susanne Marian
Production Companies: Coop 99, Essential Filmproduktion GmbH

Technical Information

Category: Feature Film / Fiction
Original Language: German
Format: 35mm / colour
Screen Ratio: 1:1.85
Speed: 24 frames/second
Sound: Dolby SRD (4 channels)
Number of Reels: 5
Footage: 2139m

Pressbook: 

Downloads: pictures
 


 

 

 

Festivals: 

 

PREMIERE

Cannes 2005, Un Certain Regard


MAIN AWARDS

Bitola 2004, Bronze Camera
Leeds 2005, Grand Prize of European Fantasy Film
Diagonale 2005, Best Film & Best Script

ADDITIONAL SELECTION

Max Ophüls Preis 2005, Competition

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