Cannes 2012: Michael Haneke and Ulrich Seidl competing for Palme d'or


Memorable moment for Austrian cinema: two of its most outstanding protagonists are contributing to Cannes 65th Palme d’or competition: Michael Haneke with his new film AMOUR starring Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emanuelle Riva and Ulrich Seidl with PARADISE: LOVE the first part of an Ulrich Seidl trilogy.

AMOUR  by Michael Haneke
(Wega Film, Les Films du Losange (F), X-Filme (D), France3 Cinema (F))
Supported by: Austrian Film Insitute, ORF, Vienna Film Fund and Mini Traité, Région île de France, Eurimages, FFA, MBB, CNC, BR, WDR, ARD Degeto Canal+, Cinecinema, France Télévision

Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple's bond of love is severely tested.

with: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert

International sales: Les Films du Losange (F)

The first part of an Ulrich Seidl Trilogy
(Ulrich Seidl Filmproduktion, Tatfilm (D), Parisienne de Production (F))
Supported by: Austrian Film Insitute, ORF, Vienna Film Fund, Land Niederösterreich, MEDIA, Eurimages, ARTE France Cinema, WDR/ARTE, ARD/Degeto, CNC

On the beaches of Kenya they're known as Sugar Mamas: European women to whom black beach boys offer sex to earn a living. Teresa, a 50-year-old from Austria, travels as a sex tourist to this vacation paradise in search of love /to find love/. She goes from one beach boy to the next, from one disappointment to the next. The first film in Ulrich Seidl's PARADISE trilogy tells of older women and young men, of Europe and Africa, and of the exploited, who have no choice but to victimize other victims.
with: Margarethe Tiesel, Peter Kazungu, Inge Maux, Dunja Sowinetz, Helen Brugat, Gabriel Mwarua, Josphat Hamisi und Carlos Mkutano

International sales: Coproduction Office (F)