ACFNY RECOMMENDS | FILM SCREENING
FRIDAY, OCT 05 2012, 06:00 PM
Directed by Michael Haneke
Drama, 127 minutes
French with English subtitles
The universally acclaimed winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Amour is arguably Michael Haneke’s crowning achievement to date, a portrait of a couple dealing with the ravages of old age that is as compassionate as it is merciless. The great veteran French actors Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva are staggering as Georges and Anne, long-married music teachers living out their final years surrounded by the comforts of books and music in their warm Paris apartment. After Anne suffers a stroke, Georges attends to her with firmness shot through with love. The underlying unease, as well as some abrupt surprises, are hardly unexpected from Haneke, who challenges the viewer to confront the experience of his characters as directly as he does. But he rewards the effort with a film that is all the more moving for its complete avoidance of sentimentality. An unquestionable masterpiece. A Sony Pictures Classics release.
This film is part of the 50th New York Film Festival. The 50th NYFF features several other Austrian related films such as Fritz Lang's The Tiger of Eschnapur (1959), Robert Valery's Erich von Stroheim (1965) and Max Ophuel's Liebelei (1933).
The New York Film Festival has been a major film festival since it began in 1963 in New York. The films are selected by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The non-competitive festival, was established by Amos Vogel and Richard Roud.
Alice Tully Hall
(enter on 65th St b/w B'way & Amsterdam)
For ticket information please visit http://www.filmlinc.com/nyff2012/films/amour