Michael Haneke’s Palme-d’Or Winning Amour Set For December Release

According to The Playlist, Michael Haneke‘s Amour – this year’s big winner at the Cannes Film Festival – will arrive in American theatres on December 19th in limited release, courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

That’s good news. Even though we’ll have to wait a while, we know the acclaimed drama is coming eventually – sooner than a somber art film could, certainly – and the release date indicates that Sony is intent on giving the film a healthy Oscar push (making this one of the first real awards contenders of 2012). I expect Amour will also tour the festival circuit, and I look forward to seeing it somewhere on that road.

Amour tells the story of an elderly husband and his dying wife, and is said to be one of the greatest – and saddest – films of Haneke’s acclaimed career. The film awarded the director with his second consecutive Palme d’Or, the top honor at Cannes.

One thing that remains to be seen is whether or not Sony will release the film with its original French title or translate it into english as Love. I have seen both titles used since the film premiered.

Either way, the film arrives in limited release December 19th. Here’s a look at the trailer.