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Inside Cannes 2012 Day 5: Five Quotes from the Love Press Conference

1. “It think that Michel Haneke is one of the greatest filmmakers in the world. But I won’t do others”. – Jean-Louis Trintignant

The current stage actor lists the filmmaker as the principle reason why he came out of his 14 year-old cinema retirement.

2. “To me this was work of a joyous nature”. – Emmanuelle Riva

Despite the emotionally and physically challenging role, the actress was extremely enthusiastic about playing the character.

Haneke Hupper Trintignant Emmanuelle Riva Amour Cannes 2012

3. “It’s the spectators that suffer”. – Isabelle Huppert

When asked if the actors suffer under the direction of Haneke, the veteran actress responded it is those watching that might have an issue.

Haneke Hupper Trintignant Emmanuelle Riva Amour Cannes 2012

4. “The worst for an actor in a given scene is to have only one word of dialogue…the chance to miss your mark is high”. – Michael Haneke

Haneke’s favorite moment of the film was when actor Jean-Louis Trintignant had only to say the word “Yes”.

5. “The strength of this film is its simplicity”. – Emmanuelle Riva

Riva reflects on how the soberness and the documenting of the situation are done without artifact.

Quotes translated from the French language.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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