Sony Pictures Classics Sets Cannes Palm d’Or Winner AMOUR for December 19 Release; Watch the Trailer

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The 2012 Cannes Film Festival has finally come to a close, and director Michael Haneke’s drama Amour took the festival’s top prize, the Palm d’Or.  A trailer for the pic is now online, and Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have slated the film for a December 19th limited release here in the U.S.  Last year’s Palm d’Or winner, The Tree of Life, went on to secure a Best Picture nomination, so clearly Sony is hoping for similar recognition with Amour by placing it in the heart of awards season.  Haneke won the Grand Jury Prize in for The Piano Teacher in 2001, Best Director for Caché in 2005, and the Palme d’Or for The White Ribbon in 2009, so he’s no stranger to Cannes honors.

The French-language film focuses on an elderly couple whose bond is tested when the wife suffers a stroke.  The trailer is predictably effective, with a walloping emotional punch at the end.  I’m eager to see what all the fuss was about when the film finally opens stateside, and this clip is a nice primer of what’s to come.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

Here’s the synopsis for Amour:

In the film, Georges (Trintignant) and Anne (Riva) are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter (Huppert), who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family.  One day, Anne has an attack. The couple’s bond of love is severely tested.

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  • Bryce Forestieri

    “what all the fuss was about”

    Have you seen Michael Haneke’s movies you ignorant poser?

    • BrandonHeat07

      Don’t know about “ignorant poser” (needlessly harsh comment?), but the Collider staff, in general, seems to not watch that much world cinema (this is the impression I get from some of the staff members and Frosty’s interviews. e.g. That time when Paul W.S. Anderson asked if he knew Von Trier’s The Kingdom). Probably too much time eaten up by the Hollywood coverage?

      Regardless, I gotta agree, Haneke is among the best film makers alive. The Piano Teacher, 71 Fragments, Cache, Funny Games, White Ribbon, Time of the Wolf… put nearly every other movie covered by this website to shame.

      • Bryce Forestieri

        True I overacted to the snarky comment. Admittedly their coverage of Hollywood is great and that’s why I visit the site often.

    • Adam Chitwood

      The comment wasn’t meant to be taken as belittling towards Haneke’s work, and you can tell by the rest of the post that I’m actually eager to see the director’s latest.

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  • paul tracy

    heneke has been building up to this moment. all his characters are going to join forces and save earth.

    ~ t

    • Nash

      Michael Haneke’s Avenger’s would be the most intense film ever created. Half of them would probably die, the rest would make acerbic comments on the nature of society today before leaving never to heard from again.

  • Jude Lawless

    Excuse me, but in every article about a shitty american movie the stars are mentioned by their full name: “More Bikini-Filled Images from SPRING BREAKERS, Starring Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez”

    Jean-Louis Trintignant = legend

    Emmanuelle Riva = wonder

    Isabelle Huppert = goddess

    Credit where credit is due.

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