Michael Haneke’s films have been honored multiple times at the Cannes Film Festival over the past decade and this year is no exception. The Austrian filmmaker, who won the Grand Jury Prize for The Piano Teacher in 2001, Best Director for Caché in 2005, and the Palme d’Or for The White Ribbon in 2009, took the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or, in 2012 for his latest movie, Amour. The French-language film, which stars Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert, is a poignant story about a married couple in their eighties whose bond of love is severely tested. Amour is Austria’s official selection for the 85th Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
At the film’s press day, Haneke talked about what inspired him to make Amour, how he enjoyed shooting entirely in a studio on a single location, what led him to cast Trintignant, Riva and Huppert, why he never rehearses with professional actors, which scenes were the most physically and emotionally demanding, why he chose to shoot the film in French, the difficulties he encountered using complicated new digital cameras, and why the unexpected gifts that actors bestow upon a director give him the greatest satisfaction as an artist. Hit the jump to read the interview.