Lovely Rita

by Jessica Hausner

Austria, 2001, 80', colour



Rita, a willful and unruly teenager, is on the verge of womanhood. Her sexual awakening leads her to intimacy with a schoolboy, too young, and a bus driver, too old. Rita’s efforts to break out of her solitude and claustrophobic environment isolate her even more, until one day she crosses the line.

Reviews

"Osika is splendid in the title role, never falling into easy mannerisms or overdoing Rita's evident internal anger. Her performance, clearly molded by the director, is full of fine touches. (...) Rita's solution is as shocking as it is unexpected, with a far greater kick than the more grandstanding movies. (...) A strong step up to the feature plate by 28 year-old Jessica Hausner."
Derek Elley, VARIETY

"The no man's land of a young growing up soul has seldom been described with such intensity."
Rainer Gansera, SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG

"Highly impressive startling, (...) a director with a distinctive vision and major-league potential."
Sheila Johnston, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL


 

 "Witty and insightful."
SIGHT AND SOUND

"Extremely impressive first feature. (...) I'd say Hausner is definitely someone to keep an eye on."
Geoff Andrew, TIME OUT LONDON

"Avec Jessica Hausner, l'émergence d’un contingent de jeunes cinéastes germaniques tout à fait passionnants continue à se confirmer. (...) Ce premier long métrage fait preuve d’une retenue et d'une maîtrise tout à fait impressionnantes."
Vincent Ostria, LES INROCKUPTIBLES

 

"Osika, the main character, detonates like a stick of dynamite, while Jessica Hausner watches with merciless intensity."
Eberhard von Elterlein, BERLINER MORGENPOST

"C'est dans la justesse du sentiment que Jessica Hausner réussit à faire éclore son film. (...) LOVELY RITA fait passer cette énergie blessée de l'adolescence."
ADEN

 

 


 

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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

Barbara Osika - Rita
Christoph Bauer - Fexi
Peter Fiala - Bus driver
Wolfgang Kostal - Rita’s father
Karina Brandmlmayer - Rita’s mother

Crew / Technical Info

Crew

Director : Jessica Hausner
Script: Jessica Hausner
Country of Production: Austria/Germany
Year completed: 2001
Producers: Antonin Svoboda, Philippe Bober
Production Companies: Coop 99, Essential Filmproduktion GmbH
Cinematographer: Martin Gschlacht
Art Direction: Katharina Wöppermann
Costume Design: Tanja Hausner
Sound: Thomas Schmidt-Gentner
 

Technical Information

Category: First Feature Film / Fiction
Original Language: German
Format: 35mm / colour
Screen Ratio: 1:1.85
Speed: 24 frames/second
Sound: Optical mono SR
Number of Reels: 4
Footage: 2190m

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Festivals

 

PREMIERE

Cannes 2001, Un Certain Regard

MAIN AWARDS

Viennale 2001, FIPRESCI Prize
Viennale 2001, Grand Prix

MAIN SELECTIONS

European Film Award 2001, European Discovery of the Year
Max Ophüls Preis 2002, Competition

Pressbook

Downloads: pictures


 

 

 

Year: 
2001
Duration: 
80'

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. 

Poster: 
Country: 
Austria Austria



Rita, a willful and unruly teenager, is on the verge of womanhood. Her sexual awakening leads her to intimacy with a schoolboy, too young, and a bus driver, too old. Rita’s efforts to break out of her solitude and claustrophobic environment isolate her even more, until one day she crosses the line.

Reviews: 

"Osika is splendid in the title role, never falling into easy mannerisms or overdoing Rita's evident internal anger. Her performance, clearly molded by the director, is full of fine touches. (...) Rita's solution is as shocking as it is unexpected, with a far greater kick than the more grandstanding movies. (...) A strong step up to the feature plate by 28 year-old Jessica Hausner."Derek Elley, VARIETY"The no man's land of a young growing up soul has seldom been described with such intensity."Rainer Gansera, SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG"Highly impressive startling, (...) a director with a distinctive vision and major-league potential."Sheila Johnston, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL 

 "Witty and insightful." SIGHT AND SOUND"Extremely impressive first feature. (...) I'd say Hausner is definitely someone to keep an eye on."Geoff Andrew, TIME OUT LONDON"Avec Jessica Hausner, l'émergence d’un contingent de jeunes cinéastes germaniques tout à fait passionnants continue à se confirmer. (...) Ce premier long métrage fait preuve d’une retenue et d'une maîtrise tout à fait impressionnantes."Vincent Ostria, LES INROCKUPTIBLES 

"Osika, the main character, detonates like a stick of dynamite, while Jessica Hausner watches with merciless intensity." Eberhard von Elterlein, BERLINER MORGENPOST"C'est dans la justesse du sentiment que Jessica Hausner réussit à faire éclore son film. (...) LOVELY RITA fait passer cette énergie blessée de l'adolescence."ADEN    

Trailer / Extracts: 
Synopsis: 



Rita, a willful and unruly teenager, is on the verge of womanhood. Her sexual awakening leads her to intimacy with a schoolboy, too young, and a bus driver, too old. Rita’s efforts to break out of her solitude and claustrophobic environment isolate her even more, until one day she crosses the line.

Cast details: 

Barbara Osika - RitaChristoph Bauer - FexiPeter Fiala - Bus driverWolfgang Kostal - Rita’s fatherKarina Brandmlmayer - Rita’s mother

Crew / Technical Info: 

Crew

Director : Jessica Hausner
Script: Jessica Hausner
Country of Production: Austria/Germany
Year completed: 2001
Producers: Antonin Svoboda, Philippe Bober
Production Companies: Coop 99, Essential Filmproduktion GmbH
Cinematographer: Martin Gschlacht
Art Direction: Katharina Wöppermann
Costume Design: Tanja Hausner
Sound: Thomas Schmidt-Gentner
 

Technical Information

Category: First Feature Film / Fiction
Original Language: German
Format: 35mm / colour
Screen Ratio: 1:1.85
Speed: 24 frames/second
Sound: Optical mono SR
Number of Reels: 4
Footage: 2190m

Pressbook: 

Downloads: pictures


 

 

 

Festivals: 

 

PREMIERE

Cannes 2001, Un Certain Regard

MAIN AWARDS

Viennale 2001, FIPRESCI Prize
Viennale 2001, Grand Prix

MAIN SELECTIONS

European Film Award 2001, European Discovery of the Year
Max Ophüls Preis 2002, Competition

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