Rita is an outsider, in her family as well as in her class and her teenage life. 15 years old, lonely and searching for acceptance and sympathy: she tries to flirt with two years younger Felix– and makes love with a bus chauffer in a toilet. Trying to get more popular in her class she more and more often skips class. The police catches her, she sees her father's gun on the kitchen table – and acts. Things just happen. The last image – Rita looks into the camera – is nothing than a big question.
Director Jessica Hausner
Script Jessica Hausner
DoP Martin Gschlacht
Sound Thomas Schmidt-Gentner
Editing Karin Hartusch
Artdirection Katharina Wöppermann
Costume Tanja Hausner
Producers Antonin Svoboda, Heinz Stussak, Philippe Bober
Production coop99, Prisma Film, Essential Film
SELECTION FESTIVALS / AWARDS
Festival de Cannes 2001: Sélection Officielle - Un Certain Regard
International Film Festival Viennale 2001: FIPRESCI - Special Mention, Vienna Film Award
+ Born 1972 in Vienna, Austria.
+ 1994 Jessica Hausner graduated from the Vienna Film Academy (direction).
+ 1999 she cofounded coop99 filmproduction together with Barbara Albert, Martin Gschlacht and Antonin Svoboda
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Inter-View (1999) - short
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