By George Leon
Michael Haneke’s ‘Amour’ wins Palme d'Or and Matteo Garrone’s Italian satire 'Reality' takes Grand Prix.The Cannes Film Festival rewarded one of its favorite directors Sunday, as Michael Haneke won the top prize for a second time with his stark film about love and death, “Amour, following his triumph in 2009 with The White Ribbon. The film is the tenderest in a career defined by unflinching brutality, as well as arguably the least cinematic: a two-hander set in a Paris flat. Haneke joined just five others to have won the Palme d'Or twice, including Francis Ford Coppola and Emir Kusturica.
Some viewers were surprised by the movie’s frank humanity, coming from a master of tightly controlled cinema whose movies often contain sudden bursts of violence. The director said his reputation for delivering shocks was unjust. “Journalists always try to stick a label on directors,” he said. “For a long time I’ve been the expert in violence.” But he said a film’s style should match its subject matter, not its director, and “this film is about love.”