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Michael Haneke withdraws 'Amour' from Austrian Film Awards

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Michael Haneke has withdrawn Amour from consideration for the Austrian Film Awards.

The drama, which follows the experience of an elderly couple after one of them suffers a series of strokes, is Austria's entry for this year's Academy Award for 'Best Foreign Language Film'.

Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva n 'Amour'

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Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva n 'Amour'

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However, it is ineligible for several major AFA categories because it is filmed in French, and lacks various other required criteria. The Guardian reports that upon learning this, Haneke made the decision not to enter the film.

His motivation is reportedly to allow other filmmakers a better chance of recognition, given that Amour has already received international acclaim.

"He is of the opinion that the Austrian Film Awards will help other Austrian directors realise future films more than would be the case with him," Haneke's producer Veit Heiduschka explained in a letter to the AFA.

"Without vilifying the Austrian Film Awards, he refers to the fact that he has already been honoured internationally for this film, and another Austrian film should have the chance to be honoured."

Amour won the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival, and took all four top prizes - 'Best Picture', 'Best Director', 'Best Actor' and 'Best Actress' - at last month's European Film Awards.

Watch a clip from Amour below:

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