Christine has been confined to a wheelchair for most of her life. In order to escape her isolation, she makes a journey to Lourdes, the iconic site of pilgrimage in the Pyrenees mountains. She wakes up one morning seemingly cured by a miracle. The leader of the pilgrimage group, a handsome 40-year-old volunteer from the Order of Malta, begins to take an interest in her. She tries to hold on to this newfound chance for happiness, while her cure provokes envy and admiration.
Director Jessica Hausner
Script Jessica Hausner
DoP Martin Gschlacht
Sound Uve Haußig
Editing Karina Ressler
Artdirector Katharina Wöppermann
Costume Tanja Hausner
Line Producer Bruno Wagner
Producers Martin Gschlacht, Philippe Bober, Susanne Marian
Production coop99, Hugofilm
SELECTION FESTIVALS / AWARDS
Venice Film Festival 2009: FIPRESCI - Award, SIGNIS - Award, La Navicella, Sergio Trassati Award, Brian Award
Vienna International Film Festival 2009: Vienna Film Prize - Best Feature Film
Warsaw International Film Festival 2009: International Competition
Seville European Film Festival 2009: Golden Girardillo - Competition Prize
Film Festival Max Ophüls Award 2010: Advancment Award of DFA-Stiftung
Cultural Award Land Niederösterreich 2010: Recognition Award - category "Art of Media"
European Film Award 2010: Best European Actress (Sylvie Testud)
Swedish Film Award 2010: Best Foreign Language Film
Austrian Art Award 2011: Category "Film" for Jessica Hausner
Austrian Film Award 2011: Category "Best Editor" for Karina Ressler
CINEDAYS Festival of European Film 2011: Golden Star Best Film (Official Selection), Blue Star for best female performance
WorldFest Houston Int. Film Festival 2011: Silver Remi
Was born the 6th of October 1972 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 is her third film.