Lourdes

by Jessica Hausner

Austria/France/Germany, 2009, 99', colour


Christine has been confined to a wheelchair for most of her life. In order to escape her isolation, she makes a journey to Lourdes, the iconic site of pilgrimage in the Pyrenees mountains. She wakes up one morning seemingly cured by a miracle. The leader of the pilgrimage group, a handsome 40-year-old volunteer from the Order of Malta, begins to take an interest in her. She tries to hold on to this newfound chance for happiness, while her cure provokes envy and admiration.

Reviews

"LOURDES has met with universal support and deservedly so - the film is exquisite, blending a sardonic humour with compassionate humanism."
Wendy Ide, THE TIMES

"An accomplished work which radiates intelligence. (...) LOURDES could be looking at a wider commercial reach. The performances here are uniformly good, led by Sylvie Testud. (...) An unexpectedly restrained and delicate take on the French religious shrine from Austria's Jessica Hausner."
Fionnuala Halligan, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

"Jessica Hausner masters the balancing act involved in portraying the dignity of the place without being uncritically reverential. A miracle in itself."
Peter Zander, DIE WELT


 

 

"The best film screened in the Official Selection. (...) Miraculous."
Luis Martínez, EL MUNDO

"A subtly subversive black comedy, a deeply spiritual portrait of physical rebirth. (...) The real miracle of LOURDES is how Hausner and her small key cast maintain interest in Christine’s odyssey with almost nothing happening onscreen and minimal dialogue."
Derek Elley, VARIETY

"Bellissimo."
Alessandra Mamì, L'ESPRESSO

"Sylvie Testud gives an impressively spare performance as the paralysed Christine."
Christina Tilmann, TAGESSPIEGEL

 


 

"With its steady flowing rhythm, Hausner's almost documentary-style approach brings a great deal to the film."
Dominik Kamalzadeh, DER STANDARD

"Sensational LOURDES."
Carlos Prieto, PÚBLICO

"A lay view of everybody's search for happiness."
Gabriella Gallozzi, L'UNITÀ

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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

Sylvie Testud - Christine
Léa Seydoux - Maria
Bruno Todeschini - Kuno
Elina Löwensohn - Cécile

Crew / Technical Info

Crew

Director: Jessica Hausner
Script: Jessica Hausnerr
Country of Production: Austria/France/Germanyr
Year Completed: 2009
Producers : Martin Gschlacht, Philippe Bober, Susanne Marianr
Production Companies: Coop99 Filmproduktion, Parisienne de production
Dramaturgy : Géraldine Bajard
Director of Photography: Martin Gschlacht
Set designer: Katharina Wöppermann
Editor: Karina Ressler
Sound Design: Out of Silence – Erik Mischijew
Costume Designer: Tanja Hausner
Executive Producer: Bruno Wagner
 

Festivals

 

PREMIERE

Venice 2009, Competition


MAIN AWARDS

Venice 2009: FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film, Brian Award,
Signis Award, La Navicella Prize
Viennale 2009, Best Feature Film
Warsaw 2009, Grand Prix
Seville 2009, Grand Prix
European Film Awards 2010, Best Actress

ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS

Toronto 2009, Contemporary World Cinema
Pusan 2009, World Cinema
Rotterdam 2010, Spectrum
Sarajevo 2010, Focus

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Year: 
2009
Duration: 
99'

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
France France
Germany Germany


Christine has been confined to a wheelchair for most of her life. In order to escape her isolation, she makes a journey to Lourdes, the iconic site of pilgrimage in the Pyrenees mountains. She wakes up one morning seemingly cured by a miracle. The leader of the pilgrimage group, a handsome 40-year-old volunteer from the Order of Malta, begins to take an interest in her. She tries to hold on to this newfound chance for happiness, while her cure provokes envy and admiration.

Reviews: 

"LOURDES has met with universal support and deservedly so - the film is exquisite, blending a sardonic humour with compassionate humanism."
Wendy Ide, THE TIMES

"An accomplished work which radiates intelligence. (...) LOURDES could be looking at a wider commercial reach. The performances here are uniformly good, led by Sylvie Testud. (...) An unexpectedly restrained and delicate take on the French religious shrine from Austria's Jessica Hausner."
Fionnuala Halligan, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

"Jessica Hausner masters the balancing act involved in portraying the dignity of the place without being uncritically reverential. A miracle in itself."
Peter Zander, DIE WELT


 

 

"The best film screened in the Official Selection. (...) Miraculous."
Luis Martínez, EL MUNDO

"A subtly subversive black comedy, a deeply spiritual portrait of physical rebirth. (...) The real miracle of LOURDES is how Hausner and her small key cast maintain interest in Christine’s odyssey with almost nothing happening onscreen and minimal dialogue."
Derek Elley, VARIETY

"Bellissimo."
Alessandra Mamì, L'ESPRESSO

"Sylvie Testud gives an impressively spare performance as the paralysed Christine."
Christina Tilmann, TAGESSPIEGEL

 


 

"With its steady flowing rhythm, Hausner's almost documentary-style approach brings a great deal to the film."
Dominik Kamalzadeh, DER STANDARD

"Sensational LOURDES."
Carlos Prieto, PÚBLICO

"A lay view of everybody's search for happiness."
Gabriella Gallozzi, L'UNITÀ

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Synopsis: 



Christine has been confined to a wheelchair for most of her life. In order to escape her isolation, she makes a journey to Lourdes, the iconic site of pilgrimage in the Pyrenees mountains. She wakes up one morning seemingly cured by a miracle. The leader of the pilgrimage group, a handsome 40-year-old volunteer from the Order of Malta, begins to take an interest in her. She tries to hold on to this newfound chance for happiness, while her cure provokes envy and admiration.

Cast details: 

Sylvie Testud - Christine
Léa Seydoux - Maria
Bruno Todeschini - Kuno
Elina Löwensohn - Cécile

Crew / Technical Info: 

Crew

Director: Jessica Hausner
Script: Jessica Hausnerr
Country of Production: Austria/France/Germanyr
Year Completed: 2009
Producers : Martin Gschlacht, Philippe Bober, Susanne Marianr
Production Companies: Coop99 Filmproduktion, Parisienne de production
Dramaturgy : Géraldine Bajard
Director of Photography: Martin Gschlacht
Set designer: Katharina Wöppermann
Editor: Karina Ressler
Sound Design: Out of Silence – Erik Mischijew
Costume Designer: Tanja Hausner
Executive Producer: Bruno Wagner
 

Pressbook: 

Downloads

 Download pressbook

 

 

Festivals: 

 

PREMIERE

Venice 2009, Competition


MAIN AWARDS

Venice 2009: FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film, Brian Award,
Signis Award, La Navicella Prize
Viennale 2009, Best Feature Film
Warsaw 2009, Grand Prix
Seville 2009, Grand Prix
European Film Awards 2010, Best Actress

ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS

Toronto 2009, Contemporary World Cinema
Pusan 2009, World Cinema
Rotterdam 2010, Spectrum
Sarajevo 2010, Focus

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