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Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American rights to Michael Haneke’s newest film Amour from Films Du Losange. Written and directed by Haneke, the film stars Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva as a married couple in their 80s who are tested when the wife suffers a stroke. Isabelle Huppert also stars in the film as their daughter.
Amour is widely expected to appear on the list of films, to be announced Thursday, that have been chosen to screen at the 65th Cannes Film Festival. It was produced by Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka and Margaret Ménégoz along with co-producer Michael Katz.
The acquisition marks the third Haneke film that SPC will have distributed in the U.S. The company also released 2005’s Cache and the director’s 2009 Palme d’Or winner The White Ribbon. Both of those films were nominated for Academy Awards for best foreign-language film.
“Amour once again confirms Michael Haneke’s place as one of the world’s finest filmmakers. American audiences are in for a moving experience. We are so pleased to continue our fruitful relationship with Michael and his producers Margaret Ménégoz and Stefan Arndt, who continue to make the very best movies,” SPC, which is headed by Michael Barker and Tom Bernard, said in a statement.
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