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Club Zero

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A nutritionist at a British boarding school, Ms Novak (Mia Wasikowska) serenely leads her class into the practice of “conscious eating”: a way to master our appetite for the benefit of health, body image, and the environment. Soon she has half a dozen enthusiastic acolytes. But where she leads them will make Lord of the Flies look like a summer camp… Austrian director Jessica Hausner’s English-language film is at once a satire, a horror film, a black comedy, and a thriller. It’s very much of the moment; a movie about environmental anxiety, cults, body fascism, and a young generation trying to make sense of a world bent on self-destruction.

Supremely audacious and disturbing… channeling some combination of Hitchcock and Cronenberg and Village of the Damned and the Todd Haynes of Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, [Hausner] has now made an even more gripping and provocative mind-fuck… It’s part of the film’s harrowingly funny yet deadly sincere design that in the context of current social-political concerns, eating disorders, with their coded patterns of order, could now almost be looked upon as something to strive for.

Owen Gleiberman, Variety

Director

Jessica Hausner

Cast

Mia Wasikowska, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Amir El-Masry, Elsa Zylberstein, Mathieu Demy, Ksenia Devriendt

Credits
Country of Origin

Austria/UK/Germany/France/
Denmark/Qatar

Year

2023

Language

English

19+
110 min
coop99 filmproduktion and Coproduction Office

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Credits

Screenwriter

Jessica Hausner, Geraldine Bajard

Cinematography

M artin Gschlacht

Editor

Karina Ressler

Original Music

Markus Binder

Production Design

Beck Rainford

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