Performing Monkeys

Recently the octogenarian French actors Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant discussed their roles in Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or-winning film Amore in The Guardian. They revealed their problems with Festival de Cannes. Here’s what they said:

"What I don't like about Cannes is the competition, the competing with each other, having to defend yourself," says Trintignant. "I don't like that. It's not the directors' fault, it's how the festival is arranged. One film wins, one film loses. But you can't compare works of art in that way. Do it with cyclists, not with film-makers."

"I don't particularly like it either," says Riva. "The crowds, the photographers shouting at you. So many flashes going off. It's crazy, it blinds you. 'Turn one way! Turn the other way!' What's that about? We're not performing monkeys. I know that some actors love it – they live for it. But I don't like it. Haneke doesn't like it either."

Michael Haneke's "Amour" led the nominations of the 25th European Film Awards, taking six nominations including best film and best director.