Director Michael Haneke delivers another cerebral film that tells a tale of imprisonment in Amour, which just won a Best Picture nomination. This time, the barred cell is as elemental as love and the physical body—and the only way out is through death.
Brad Pitt, Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron were all well-received at the Cannes International Film Festival in the French Riviera for acclaimed flicks such as Killing Them Softly and The Paperboy, but they still went home empty-handed after the 12-day film fest.
From the director of such masterfully unsettling films as The Piano Teacher, Funny Games and Caché comes Palme d’Or 2012 nominee Amour, Michael Haneke’s latest and much-anticipated French-language film starring Isabelle Huppert (The Piano Teacher), Jean-Louis Trintignant (Three Colors: Red) and Emmanuelle Riva (Hiroshima mon amour).
Wes Anderson's new film Moonrise Kingdom, starring Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Tilda Swiinton and Bill Murray, will open the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival, appearing at the top of a lineup that includes such buzzworthy films as David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, starring Robert Pattinson, Walter Salles' On The Road, starring Kristen Stewart, John Hillcoat's Lawless, starring Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf, Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly, starring Brad Pitt, and Lee Daniels' The Paperboy, starring Zac Efron and Matthew McConaughey, among others.
Famous for both his hecktoring tone and his pathological obsession with arbitrary violence, provocative Austrian auteur Michael Haneke has always been something of an aquired taste. Painfully aware that his crown jewel (1998's home-invasion terror Funny Games) remains a white-knuckle cult classic that virutally no one saw, Haneke gave us a remake ten years on, shot-for-shot, in English, with a bigname cast.