Jessica Hausner
Jessica Hausner (© Barbara Seyr)

Austrian filmmaker Jessica Hausner will serve as jury president of the Concorso Internazionale (International Competition) jury that will decide the winner of the Pardo d’Oro – the Golden Leopard – at the 77th Locarno Film Festival.

“It is a great honor and also a great pleasure for me to preside over the main jury of this year’s Locarno Film Festival”, says Jessica Hausner. “The responsibility I feel is to respectfully hear the various opinions of my fellow jury members, as I truly believe that every person sees a different film and that every perspective is interesting to discuss. For me, Locarno is a festival that values artistic and original approaches in filmmaking and thus reinforces the avant-garde of world cinema. I am happy to contribute to this agenda because filmmaking is, in my opinion, about challenging our perspectives and finding new and unusual ways to look at things.”

Giona A. Nazzaro, Artistic Director: “A vital and restless filmmaker, Jessica Hausner has created a diverse body of work reflecting the most hidden aspects of contemporary society with extraordinary depth. With clarity, steadfastness, and impeccable progression, she has imagined both spiritual and fantastical worlds that reflect the cogent richness of a complex and contradictory human experience. To have Jessica Hausner as jury president of the Locarno Film Festival’s Concorso Internazionale is an extraordinary honor and a guarantee that the films will be discussed by a jury led by one of the most extraordinary filmmakers working today.”

Hausner’s first feature films Lovely Rita (2001) and Hotel (2004) both premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, but arguably it wasn’t until Lourdes (2009), which debuted in competition at the Venice Film Festival and took home the FIPRESCI prize, that Hausner would begin to be considered among the truly signature voices of contemporary cinema. With her subsequent films, which include Amour Fou (2014), her English-language debut Little Joe (2019), and last year’s Club Zero (2023), Hausner has without a doubt cemented her place as one of the most remarkable contemporary filmmakers.

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