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Amour fou

Director(s): Jessica Hausner
Coop99 Filmproduktion (AT), Essential Filmproduktion (DE)
Script: Jessica Hausner
Year: 2015
Form: FICTION - Feature film
Genre: Drama
Original version: German
Running time: 96'

“Amour Fou” is inspired by the life and death of the poet Heinrich von Kleist and his partner in death, Henriette Vogel. However, rather than being a biographical portrait, the film tells the parable on the ambivalence of love. “Amour Fou” deals with the ambivalence and absurdity inherent in the very concept of two people committing suicide because of their love for one another. This act aims on the yearning to escape the inevitability of death through love, to avoid dying alone and to oppose the power of mortality over humankind by dictating the terms of one´s death. However, the fundamental absurdity lies in the fact that the joint act cannot be experienced jointly in any complete sense, since love is fickle and everybody - in the end – must die alone.


Christian Friedel
Birte Schnöink
Stephan Grossmann
Peter Jordan
Sebastian Hülk
Marc Bischoff
Alissa Wilms
Paraschiva Dragus
Marie-Paule von Roesgen,
Josiane Peiffer
Nickel Bösenberg
Katharina Schüttler
Holger Handtke


Camera: Martin Gschlacht

Production Design: Katharina Wöppermann

Costume Design: Tanja Hausner
Editor: Karina Ressler

Make-up: Heiko Schmidt & Kerstin Gaecklein
Sound: Uve Haußig
Sound Design: Nicolas Tran Trong

Sound Mixer: Michel Schillings

Line Producers: André Fetzer
Set dresser: Alessandro Palestro

Key Grip : Laurent Wallerang

Still photographer : Christophe Olinger

Gaffer: Helder Loureiro Alves Da Silva

Script/Continuity: Nadia Masri

Postproduction Coordinator: Marie Lesage
Art Director: Boris Bartholomäus

Nominations & Awards

- Premio Puma - Major Director - Best Director Award at the  International Filmfestival FICUNAM Mexico, 2015
- 8 Nominations @ Austrian Film Awards 2015 & 2 awards : Best script for Jessica Hausner and best cut
- Cannes Film Festival 2014 : official competition "Un certain regard"
- Award for Best Film @ Lisbon & Estoril Meo Film Festival 2014
- Selected at International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands

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