Director: Jessica Hausner
Section: World Cinema
Country: Austria, UK, Germany | Year: 2019
Language(s): English | Time: 105 mins
Alice, a single mother, a dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation, has engineered a very special crimson flower. If kept at the ideal temperature, fed properly and spoken to regularly, this plant makes its owner happy. Against company policy, she takes one home as a gift for her teenage son, Joe. They christen it ‘Little Joe’, but as it grows so does Alice’s suspicion that her new creations may not be as harmless as their nickname suggests.
Jessica Hausner is the director of award-winning short films Flora (1996) and Inter-View (1999). Three of her films featured at the Cannes Film Festival in Un Certain Regard – her debut feature Lovely Rita (2001), Hotel (2004), and Amour Fou (2014). Lourdes (2009) was selected in Competition at the Venice Film Festival, where it was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize.