The Cannes Film Festival 2012's Palme d'Or winner? Well, though the two -- critical raves, Palme d'Or -- don't always go hand in hand, the most widely acclaimed presentation at Cannes this year was Michael Haneke's tale of love and death, Amour / Love, starring veterans Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, and Isabelle Huppert. So, I'm betting on Amour. [See also Cannes 2012: Best Actor Predictions; Cannes 2012: Best Actress Predictions; several AMOUR review snippets; the French-language AMOUR trailer.]
In case Amour does take home the Palme d'Or, that'll be Michael Haneke's second win in three years: Haneke's The White Ribbon, about Germany's Nazi generation (long before they became Nazis), received Cannes' top prize in 2009.
That would also be a record-breaking small gap between Palme d'Ors:
- Bille August had to wait four years (Pelle the Conqueror, 1988; The Best Intentions, 1992);
- Francis Ford Coppola five years (The Conversation, 1974; Apocalypse Now, 1979, tied with Volker Schlöndorff's The Tin Drum);
- Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne six years (Rosetta, 1999; L'Enfant / The Child, 2005);
- Emir Kusturica ten years (When Father Was Away on Business, 1985; Underground, 1995);
- Shohei Imamura fourteen years (The Ballad of Narayama, 1983; The Eel, 1997, tied with Abbas Kiarostami's A Taste of Cherry).
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Michael Haneke / Jean-Louis Trintignant / Emmanuelle Riva / Amour picture: Films du Losange.