39th Toronto Film Festival with AMOUR FOU and GOODNIGHT MOMMY


Two North American premieres for Austrian films hosted by the 39th Toronto Film Festival (September 4 to 14): Jessica Hausner’s AMOUR FOU as part of the Contemporary World Cinema section, GOODNIGHT MOMMY by Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala as one of the entries of the VANGUARD line-up.


39th International Toronto Film Festival (September 4 to 14)

Contemporary World Cinema

directed by Jessica Hausner
coop99 filmproduktion (A), Amour Fou Luxemburg (L), Essential Filmproduktion (D)
International sales: Coproduction Office

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 Heinrich von Kleist in 1811.

with: Birte Schnöink, Christian Friedel, Stephan Grossmann

Fri 5 Sep
Scotiabank 11

Wed 10 Sep
AGO (Jackman Hall)

Fri 12 Sep
Bell Lightbox 3



directed by Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala
Ulrich Seidl Filmproduktion (A)
International sales: Films Distribution

In the heat of the summer. An isolated house in the countryside between woods and corn fields.Ten-year-old twins wait for their mother. When she comes back, her head wrapped in bandages after plastic surgery, nothing is as it was before. Stern and distant now, she shuts the family off from the outside world. Starting to doubt that this woman is actually their mother, the boys are determined to find the truth by any means.

with: Susanne Wuest, Elias & Lukas Schwarz

Sat 6 Sep
Scotiabank 7

Mon 8 Sep
The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

Wed 10 Sep
Scotiabank 14

Fri 12 Sep
The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema