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France / Germany / Austria, 2012 (MIFF 2012, International Panorama)

Director: Michael Haneke

Winner of Cannes' coveted top prize, the Palme d'Or.

Unfolding largely within the protective shell of a Parisian apartment, filmmaker Michael Haneke's (The White Ribbon MIFF 09, Funny Games MIFF 98) Amour eschews violence and psychological riddles for a profoundly frank portrayal of ageing, sickness and the lengths we go to for love.

Octogenarian actors, Jean-Louis Trintignant (And God Created Woman) and Emmanuelle Riva (Hiroshima Mon Amour), shrug off the weight of their stardom to offer career-defining roles as the couple, Georges and Anne, at the centre of this intimate drama. Their love faces the ultimate test when Anne suffers a stroke and Georges takes on the role of carer, as well as the realisation she will never get well.

“Here, love is a concept for adults, not pop songs, more likely to inspire weeping than to set the pulse racing… Not for first dates, but for those who've long since lost count.” - Variety

D/S Michael Haneke P Stefan Arndt, Margaret Ménégoz Dist Transmission Films L French w/English subtitles TD DCP/2012

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