Narrative Feature | 105 minutes

HIFF 2018

 World Cinema Narrative

Directed by
Jessica Hausner

Produced by
Bruno Wagner, Bertrand Faivre, Philippe Bober, Martin Gschlacht, Jessica Hausner, Gerardine O’Flynn

Written by
Jessica Hausner, Géraldine Bajard

Emily Beecham, Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox, Kit Connor

2019 | English | Austria/UK/Germany

Alice (Emily Beecham, Best Actress winner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival) is equally committed to her work as a genetic plant breeder and her role as a single mother to her son, Joe (Kit Connor). After reaching a breakthrough in the development of a new species of plant—one believed to give its owner the feeling of happiness through its pollen—Alice acts against company policy and proudly welcomes her latest creation into her home as a gift for Joe. However, Alice soon comes to realize that the plant may have some unintended, and potentially dangerous, side effects, in director Jessica Hausner’s eerily oft-kilter and unpredictable sci-fi thriller.