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by Jessica Hausner


Berlin, the Romantic Era. Young poet Heinrich wishes to conquer the inevitability of death through love, yet is unable to convince his sceptical cousin Marie to join him in a suicide pact. It is whilst coming to terms with this refusal, ineffably distressed by his cousin's insensitivity to the depth of his feelings, that Heinrich meets Henriette, the wife of a business acquaintance. Heinrich's subsequent offer to the beguiling young woman at first holds scant appeal, that is until Henriette discovers she is suffering from a terminal illness. Amour Fou is a "romantic comedy" based loosely on the suicide of the poet Henrich von Kleist in 1811.

international title: Amour Fou
original title: Amour Fou
country: Austria
sales agent: Coproduction Office
year: 2014
genre: fiction
directed by: Jessica Hausner
film run: 90'
release date: FR 04/02/2015, GB 04/02/2015, BE 18/03/2015, SE 11/09/2016
screenplay: Jessica Hausner
cast: Christian Friedel, Birte Schnoeink, Stephan Grossmann, Katharina Schüttler, Sebastian Hülk, Sandra Hüller, Eva-Maria Kurz
cinematography by: Martin Gschlacht
film editing: Karina Ressler
art director: Katharina Wöppermann
costumes designer: Tanja Hausner
producer: Martin Gschlacht, Antonin Svoboda, Bruno Wagner, Bady Minck, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Philippe Bober
production: coop99, Amour Fou Luxembourg, Essential Filmproduktion
distributor: Film Europe, Film Europe s.r.o., Jour2fête, Arrow Film Distributors, Folkets Bio


main awards/selection

Cannes Film Festival 2014Un Certain Regard
Toronto International Film Festival 2014
Lisbon and Estoril Film Festival 2014Best Film
Austrian Film Awards 2015Best screenplay, Best editing

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