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Amour: director Michael Haneke, Emmanuelle Riva, Jean-Louis Trintignant The Cannes Film Festival 2012‘s Palme d’Or winner? Well, though the two — critical raves, Palme d’Or — don’t always go hand in hand, the most widely acclaimed presentation at Cannes this year was Michael Haneke‘s tale of love and death, Amour / Love, starring veterans Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, and Isabelle Huppert. So, I’m betting on Amour. [See also Cannes 2012: Best Actor Predictions; Cannes 2012: Best Actress Predictions; several Amour review snippets; the French-language Amour trailer.] In case Amour does take home the Palme d’Or, that’ll be Michael Haneke’s second win in three years: Haneke’s The White Ribbon, about Germany’s Nazi generation (long before they became Nazis), received Cannes’ top prize in 2009. That would also be a record-breaking small gap between Palme d’Ors: Bille August had to wait four years (Pelle the Conqueror, 1988; The Best Intentions, 1992); Francis Ford Coppola five years (The Conversation, 1974; Apocalypse Now, 1979, tied with Volker Schlöndorff’s The Tin Drum »

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