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'Iw Talks to the Oscar 13' Nominees' is a daily series running through to this year's Oscar ceremony (February 24) that features new or previously published interviews with some of this year's nominees. Today, we're re-running an interview with Michael Haneke, whose devastating drama "Amour" won the Palme d'Or this year and is the top contender for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. He was also nominated for Best Director, beating out Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow. Always misspelled but often retweeted, the phony Twitter feed attributed to "Michael Haneke" is a crassly waggish parody of the celebrated Austrian auteur's forbidding persona. (Sample tweet: "if werner hurtsog asks u 2 join his pyramid skeem then dont do it. hes usin all the money 4 his documentry on pebbles lol") Not that a sober-minded, 70-year-old artist like Haneke—whose austere, confrontational masterworks include "Caché," »

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