Meet the man behind the story of Amour
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and nearly all of us get sick and that subject matter is more general and concerns nearly everyone
one of us. I've also heard in the reception to the film from people that have said it's just like what happened to me and my family. It's a matter that affects everyone.
Did you have an inspiration for the film?
The story arose out of my family. My aunt killed herself at the age of 93 and before she
did it she asked me whether or not I could help her. I loved her very much and to watch
her suffer was very difficult, but I certainly couldn't help her (kill h e r s e l f )
because I'd be thrown in jail. Personally, I don't believe I could've done it anyway.
Did you expect Amour to receive five Oscar nominations?
No, certainly not.
How will it be to be a star of sorts at the Oscars?
Star? Those who are invited are of course stars (laughs)... I certainly find it delightful to get
dressed up with these people that the entire world knows and to compete alongside them.
It's quite enjoyable.
What will it be like if Amour wins?
I'll be happy. We're happy about any prize but you don't make films to win awards. Nonetheless,
you're certainly quite happy about the recognition. For the film, it also makes it possible
for many more to see it. And each prize piques the interest of more people to watch the film.
How much longer do you intend to keep making films?
As long as I can. I don't know that answer. I could drop dead tomorrow or fall seriously ill. I'm no longer 25 years old, but I don't plan on calling it quits anytime soon, and perhaps that annoys someone, somewhere.
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