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An Austrian director and screenwriter, Jessica Hausner is the daughter of the Viennese realist painter Rudolf Hausner and the half-sister of set designer and painter Xenia Hausner. She has been running the coop99 production company since 1999 along with Barbara Albert, Antonin Svoboda, and Martin Gschlacht. She made her directorial debut in 2001 with the full-length feature Lovely Rita, a portrait of a young girl trapped in a complex web of family relations. The film earned her not only the attention of audiences and the film community but also a nomination for a Prix Fassbinder, the European Film Academy's prize for the discovery of the year. Her subsequent films premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the Festival in Cannes (Mad Love, two years ago, about an affair between Heinrich von Kleist and Henrietta Vogel). In 2016, Hausner became a member of the jury for that same section of the festival. Her most successful work remains Lourdes (2009), which was an award winner at festivals in Venice (FIPRESCI, SIGNIS, and a Sergio Trasatti Award), Warsaw, and during the LUX Awards, and Sweden's Guldbagge Awards. One of the distinguishing features of Hausner's films is the extraordinary care that is put into the composition of each frame (she works on a regular basis with cinematographer Martin Gschlacht), which adds precision to the development of her multilayered narratives.