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Sony Pictures Classics Scoops Up Michael Haneke's 'Amour' Before Cannes

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 17, 2012 at 5:52PM

Sony Pictures Classics, which released Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or-winning and Oscar-nominated "White Ribbon," has acquired all North American rights to Films Du Losange's "Amour."
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Michael Haneke
Michael Haneke

Sony Pictures Classics, which released Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or-winning and Oscar-nominated "White Ribbon," has acquired all North American rights to Films Du Losange's "Amour." The timing is key: the official Cannes announcement is April 19.

Written and directed by Haneke, the film stars French veterans Jean-Louis Trintignant ("Z," "A Man and a Woman," "The Conformist") and Emmanuelle Riva ("Hiroshima Mon Amour") as retired music teachers in their 80s whose daughter (Isabelle Huppert, Haneke's "The Piano Teacher") lives abroad with her family.

“I'm delighted that our fruitful collaboration with Sony Pictures Classics continues also with 'Amour,'" said Haneke.

Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, and Margaret Ménégoz produced the film with Austrian co-producer Michael Katz.

This article is related to: Sony Pictures Classics, Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics, Festivals, Festivals, Cannes


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.