Amour Fou

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    Amour Fou

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    Austria, Luxembourg, Germany

    2014

    90 min

    • German

    Period drama

    Cannes IFF - Un Certain RegardToronto IFF - Contemporary World Cinema

    AMOUR FOU is inspired by the life and death of the poet Heinrich von Kleist and his partner in death, Henriette Vogel. However, rather than being a biographical portrait, the film is a parable about the ambivalence of love. AMOUR FOU deals with the ambivalence and absurdity inherent in the very concept of two people committing suicide because of their love for one another. Commiting this act is the yearning to escape the inevitability of death through love, to avoid dying alone and to oppose all-powerful death by dictating the terms of one's death. However, the fundamental absurdity lies in the fact that the joined act cannot be experienced jointly in any complete sense, since love is fickle and ambivalent, and everybody – in the end – must die alone.

    Awards

    • Best Film - Lisbon & Estoril FF
    • Best Director (Jessica Hausner, International Competition) - FICUNAM

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    Credits

    Cast
    Christian Friedel
    Birte Schnöink
    Stephan Grossmann
    Peter Jordan
    Sebastian Hülk
    Marc Bischoff
    Marie-Paule von Roesgen
    Josiane Peiffer
    Nickel Bösenberg
    Screenplay
    Jessica Hausner
    Cinematography
    Martin Gschlacht
    Editing
    Karina Ressler
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    Press

    A dryly amusing and ambiguously layered account of the famed double suicide of Heinrich von Kleist and Henriette Vogel.

    Justin Chang, Variety

    A complex and exquisitely filmed exploration of a man's desire to find a woman willing to die with him.

    Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

    An accomplished work of art.

    Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa

    Jessica Hausner

    Jessica Hausner

    Austria

    "I always see the characters in contrast to their task, their obligation. I have a strong sense of these characters like in a game of chess, what’s their role in this process?"

    Jessica Hausner was born in Vienna, Austria. She studied directing at the Filmakademie of Vienna, where in 1996 she made the short film FLORA, which won the Léopard de Demain at the Locarno Festival. INTER-VIEW, her graduation film, won the Prix du Jury of the Cinéfondation at the Cannes Film Festival in 1999. Two years later, LOVELY RITA, her first feature film, was presented in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes FF. Her second feature HOTEL was again selected for Cannes FF, and won the Grand Prix for the Best Austrian Feature at the Diagonale 2005. In 2009 she went on to make the multiple prize-winning feature LOURDES. Her most recent feature, AMOUR FOU has taken part in both Cannes and Toronto IFF. Her last feature LITTLE JOE will premiere in Cannes, in the Official Selection.

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