Emily Beecham, Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox, Kit Connor, David Wilmot, Phénix Brossard, Sebastian Hülk, Lindsay Duncan
Coop99,The Bureau, Essential Films
Alice, a single mother, is a dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. She has engineered a very special crimson flower, remarkable not only for its beauty but also for its therapeutic value: if kept at the ideal temperature, fed properly and spoken to regularly, this plant makes its owner happy. Against company policy, Alice 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 was born in Vienna, Austria in 1972. She studied directing at the Film Academy of Vienna where she made the award-winning short films, FLORA (1996) and INTER-VIEW (1999). In 2001, her debut feature film, LOVELY RITA premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in Un Certain Regard, as did HOTEL in 2004 and AMOUR FOU in 2014. In 2009, LOURDES was selected in Competition at the Venice Film Festival where it was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize. LITTLE JOE is Jessica Hausner’s fifth feature film and her English-language debut.
Lovely rita (2001)
Amour fou (2014)