Archive of films Lovely Rita / Lovely Rita

Austria / Germany
2001, 80 min

Section: Forum of Independents
Year: 2001


Teenaged Rita is an unruly outsider: she is indifferent to her classmates, who laugh at her behaviour, her teachers find her rude, and her parents lock her in as punishment. On the verge of becoming a woman, her clumsy sexual awakening leads her to intimacy with a schoolboy too young, and a bus driver too old. These encounters isolate her even more. It seems that she is not able to break out of her solitude, until one day Rita oversteps the border.

About the director

Jessica Hausner (b. 1972, Vienna) studied film at the Film Academy in Vienna. She directed a number of short films, e.g. Flora (1996) and Inter-View (1999). Lovely Rita is her first feature film.

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Forum of Independents
Director: Jessica Hausner
Screenplay: Jessica Hausner
Dir. of Photography: Martin Gschlacht
Producer: Antonin Svoboda, Philippe Bober, Heinz Stussak
Production: Prisma Film coop99 Filmproduktion, Essential Filmproduktion
Cast: Barbara Osika, Christoph Bauer, Peter Fiala, Wolfgang Kostal, Karina Brandlmayer

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