AdvertisementJoin us at Luna Leederville for an exclusive virtual Q&A with acclaimed Australian actress Mia Wasikowska! This special Q&A begins following the film, at 8:30 PM (AWST) after screening her latest film, the black comedy Club Zero, which was nominated for the 'Palme d'Or' at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.
A charismatic teacher (Mia Wasikowska) convinces her teenage students that disordered eating can produce many kinds of enlightenment, in Jessica Hausner’s (Amour Fou, Lourdes) bold satire Club Zero.
Health entrepreneur Miss Novak arrives at an exclusive boarding school for the children of Europe’s wealthy elite to teach "conscious eating". At first, her course seems benign: avoid snacks and processed foods; choose smaller portions; eat slowly and meditatively. But then she initiates her favourite students into Club Zero, whose members don’t eat food at all. Soon, the teenagers are viciously competing to starve their bodies, believing they’re empowering their minds.
Meticulously scripted, designed and directed, this bone-dry satire, which screened in competition at Cannes, recalls both the mannered aesthetic of Wes Anderson and the deadpan wit of Yorgos Lanthimos. Mia Wasikowska (Bergman Island; Judy & Punch) is unsettlingly serene as Miss Novak, but Hausner reserves her harshest critique for other, negligent adults: the students’ self-absorbed parents and the school’s status-hungry headmistress (played by Sidse Babett Knudsen, The Duke of Burgundy). Cleverly navigating its heavier themes of disordered eating and teacher–student grooming, Club Zero emerges as a provocative allegory for the seductive solipsism of certainty.
REVIEWS AND ACCOLADES
‘Riddled with uncomfortable dialogue, audacious sequences, and a piercing score, Club Zero has all the ingredients to become a future cult classic.’ – Screen Rant
‘Supremely audacious and disturbing eating-disorder thriller…harrowingly funny yet deadly sincere’ – Variety
‘Jessica Hausner’s mannered, deadpan film buries body horror inside a satirical facade, using smart ideas about disordered eating... to tell a story about grasping for transcendence in a frightening, confusing world.’ – Vox
‘Social satire cut with chilly European severity in a manner similar to last year’s Palme d’Or winner “Triangle of Sadness”…’ – The Wrap
Nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival
Interview with Jessica Hauser and Mia Wasikowska -
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Luna Leederville, 155 Oxford Street,Perth,WA,Australia