Jessica Hausner was born on the 6th of October 1972 in Vienna, Austria. She studied directing at the Filmacademy of Vienna, where in 1996 she made the short film FLORA, which won the Leopard of Tomorrow 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. Her next film LOURDES had its premiere at Venice Film Festival 2009 in International Competition where it won the FIPRESCI Prize. Hausner’s latest film AMOUR FOU is set around 1810 in Berlin and is based on the tragic life of the German writer Henrich von Kleist.