It’s fifth time lucky for Austria’s Jessica Hausner
, who has had a strong Cannes presence since her unsettling debut Lovely Rita premiered there in 2001. After returning with the Lynchian 2004 thriller Hotel
, Hausner took 2009’s provocative French religious drama Lourdes
to compete in Venice before coming back to the Croisette in 2014 with the literary romance Amour Fou
. Now she follows Austrian stalwarts Michael Haneke
and Ulrich Seidl
into the major league with a cautionary British-set sci-fi called Little Joe
, in which Emily Beecham
stars as Alice, a single mother and plant breeder who has created a flower remarkable for both its beauty and its therapeutic properties.
What’s Little Joe about?
I would say that, at the center of the film, is the idea of Frankenstein. Frankenstein invented a monster and lost control over it. And, in my film, Alice is a scientist who invents a monster and she also loses control over it.