Amour Fou

Feature film / Austria / Luxembourg / Germany / 91 min / 2014

World premiere: Un Certain Regard, International Film Festival Cannes 2014

:: Stills

:: Synopsis

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.

:: Credits

Written & directed by Jessica Hausner
Camera Martin Gschlacht
Gaffer Helder Loureiro da Silva
Editor Karina Ressler
Casting Ulrike Müller
Script Consultant Géraldine Bajard
Sounddesign Nicolas Tran Tong
Sound Mixer Michel Schillings
Dialogue editor Angelo Dos Santos
Production design Katharina Wöppermann
Costume design Tanja Hausner
Executive Producer Sarah Nagel, Isabell Wiegand
Line Producer André Fetzer, Ole Nicolaison
with Christian Friedel, Birte Schnöink, Stephan Grossmann, Peter Jordan, Marie-Paule von Roesgen, Marc Bischoff, Paraschiva Dragus, Holger Handtke, Sebastian Hülk, Sandra Hüller, Katharina Schüttler, Alissa Wilms, Nickel Bösenberg, Josiane Peiffer
Producers Martin Gschlacht, Antonin Svoboda, Bruno Wagner, Bady Minck, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Philippe Bober
Production Coop99 Filmproduktion, AMOUR FOU Luxembourg, Essential Filmproduktion
Supported by Film Fund Luxembourg, Östereichisches Filminstitut, Filmfonds Wien, Filmstandort Austria, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Lower Austria, MEDIA
In cooperation with ORF, WDR/Arte
World Sales The Coproduction Office
Austrian Distribution Stadtkino Verleih

:: Awards & Nominations

Best Film - Lissabon & Estoril Meo Film Festival 2014

Best Script for Jessica Hausner - Austrian Academy Award 2015

Best Editing for Karina Ressler - Austrian Academy Award 2015

"Premio Puma – Mejor Director“  - Award for Best Director 2015 @ International Film Festival FICUNAM Mexico

Nominated for the Luxemburgish Film Award 2016

:: Festivals

Festival de Cannes 2014 - Un Certain Regard, France

La Rochelle Festival International du Film 2014, France

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2014, Czech Republic

Pula International Film Festival 2014, Croatia

Sarajewo International Film Festival 2014, Bosnia

Melbourne International Film Festival 2014, Australia

Toronto International Film Festival 2014, Canada

Montreal Film Festival 2014, Canada

Viennale, Opening Film, Vienna International Film Festival 2014, Austria

Barrie Film Festival 2014, Canada

Lisbon & Estoril Meo Film Festival 2014, Portugal

First Look Showcase 2015 @ Museum of the Moving Image New York, USA

Max Ophüls Film Festival 2015 Saarbrücken, Germany

Berlin & Beyond Film Festival 2015, Germany 

Rotterdam International Film Festival 2015, Netherlands

International Film Festival FICUNAM 2015, Mexico

Diagonale Graz 2015, Austria

Chicago: European Film Festival 2015, USA