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A wonderful and happy new year 2013! We will start the new year with Michael Haneke's new movie that just earned 5 Oscar nominations.

Provocative writer/director Michael Haneke (Caché, The Piano Teacher, Funny Games), who previously won the Palme d'Or for The White Ribbon, won the prestigious Cannes award again for Amour ("Love"). Treating his characters with unusual warmth and sympathy, his new drama shows old age and death with unflinching honesty, but nevertheless lives up to its title. This is a touching portrait of a longtime married couple, whose bond of love remains strong facing any hardship. It stars two of France's best-loved actors, both in their eighties: Jean-Louis Trintignant (A Man and a Woman, Z, The Conformist) and Emmanuelle Riva (Hiroshima Mon Amour)

Expectations for this film need to be set. If you have seen a Haneke movie before you know what you are signing up for, if you haven't, check out Mick LaSalle's review of 'Amour': http://www.sfgate.com/movies/article/Amour-review-Old-age-brace-yourself-4183649.php#ixzz2HiH9bAYo

We'll meet between 3.30 and 3.45 at the theater. Showtime is 4pm. If you'd like to join us for dinner after the movie, please note 'Dinner' in your RSVP. Most likely we'll go across the street to Cafe Borrone (http://cafeborrone.com/).