Austrian director and screenwriter Jessica Hausner was born into an artistic family of painters and designers. After studying at Filmacademy Vienna, Hausner entered into the art world through filmmaking. In 1995, she wrote, directed and produced her first film, the short Flora. She followed it up with her award-winning short Inter-View in 1999, and that same year she co-founded coop99, a Viennese film production company, with several other filmmakers. Hausner received international acclaim with her feature film debut, Lovely Rita (2001), which earned an Un Certain Regard Award nomination at the Cannes Film Festival.
In 2009, she won the Brian Award and FIPRESCI Prize at the Venice Film Festival for her film Lourdes, which won Best Foreign Award at a number of festivals. She continued to score praise around the world with her following films, Amour Fou (2014) and Little Joe (2019). Hausner was also one of the select filmmakers and industry insiders appointed as a new member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2017.