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MICHAEL HANEKE ‘s ‘Amour,’ Wins Palme d’OR at Cannes

Written by Alexander Tucker   // 05/27/2012

CANNES, France (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival rewarded one of its favorite directors Sunday, as Michael Haneke won the top prize for a second time with his stark film about love and death, “Amour.”

The Austrian director’s powerful and understated film stars two French acting icons — 85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva and 81-year-oldJean-Louis Trintignant — as an elderly couple coping with the wife’s worsening health.

Haneke said he made the film because “I experienced something in my family that touched me.”

Some viewers were surprised by the humanity of the film, coming from a master of tightly controlled cinema whose movies often contain sudden bursts of violence… READ MORE


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