Amour Fou

Amour Fou
Jessica Hausner
Austria, Luxemburg, Germany
Drama, Fiction
Jessica Hausner
Christian Friedl, Birte Schnöink, Stephan Grossmann, Peter Jordan, Sebastian Hülk, Katharina Schüttler, Sandra Hüller
COOP 99, Lumiere


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 is to be understood as a parallel above 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. The goal behind such an act is the yearning to escape the inevitability of death through love, to avoid dying alone and to oppose all-powerful death by dictating the term's 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 ambivalent, and everybody- in the final analysis- must die alone.

Festivals & Academy awards and others

Festival de Cannes 2014
Un Certain Regard
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2014
Horizons Section
Toronto International Film Festival 2014
Contemporary World Cinema
Film Fest Gent 2014
Seville European Film Festival 2014
Official Section
Focus Europa

European Film Awards (EFA) 2014
Austrian Film Prize 2015
Best screenplay, Best editing


Spain (28 of November 2014)