Saturday, December 29, 2012

Michael Haneke's "Amour" at Landmark Theatres: Dec 21 - Mar 14

Finally opening at the Landmarks! Michael Haneke's Cannes Palme d'Or winning newest, "Amour" arrives in theaters some 7 months after it's premier. This film being notable for not only winning the most prestigious award in Global Cinema, but that win making Haneke one of history's few multiple-winners, putting him in the exclusive company of Shohei Imamura, Alf Sjöberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Bille August, Emir Kusturica and the Dardenne Brothers. The September issue of Film Comment featuring a particularly powerful plumbing of the creative urge, life, history and the will to live, with the film's lead Jean-Louis Trintignant, and another interview with him the following month for the New York Times. The interviews describing not only the rigor that Haneke has become known for, but also a deeper empathy and consideration of the character's tribulations, even of the subject matter itself. If these two articles aren't sufficient catalysts in inspiring you to brave the film (ha), there's always the critical outpouring it's met with in the pages of the New York Times from Manohla Dargis & A.O. Scott, Catherine Wheatley for Sight & Sound, Peter Bradshaw for the Guardian UK, James Quandt in the pages of Artforum and Robert Koehler for Film Comment. Just to name a few of the many won over by the depth, power and sincerity of it's casting a unflinching gaze on a subject from which many of us would prefer to avert our eyes and mind.