10 Feb 22–20 Feb 22
Honorary Golden Bear for Isabelle Huppert
Isabelle Huppert is one of the most versatile actors in the world, and has played an impressive range of characters in almost 150 cinema and television productions.
Isabelle Huppert began studying acting at the age of 14, and later attended the Conservatoire nationale supérieur d'art dramatique in Paris. This was followed by first experiences on stage and in film. Her starring performance as the shy young woman Béatrice in Claude Goretta’s ‘La Dentellière’ (F/FRG/CH 1977) won her the BAFTA as Most Promising Newcomer. Huppert early on came to the attention of a host of top filmmakers, such as Jean-Luc Godard and Bertrand Tavernier. Her first turn for Godard was as the star of his ‘Sauve qui peut (la vie)’ (F/CH/FRG/AUS 1980). Other world-renowned directors soon seized on Huppert’s diverse acting talents, including Olivier Assayas, Claire Denis, Andrzej Wajda, Marco Bellocchio and Joachim Trier, as well as American filmmakers such as Michael Cimino, Curtis Hanson, Hal Hartley, Ira Sachs und David O. Russell.
French acclaimed director Claude Chabrol cast Isabelle Huppert in a total of seven films, with each character as mutable and complex as the next. In ‘La Cérémonie’ (G 1995) Huppert and Sandrine Bonnaire played a pair of homicidal friends, a role that won her a César. The actors’s film career has also been shaped by her work with Austrian director Michael Haneke, with whom she has made four movies. Her outstanding lead performance in his controversial 2001 drama ‘La Pianiste’ (F/AUS/G 2001) brought her accolades as Best Actress in Cannes and at the European Film Awards, among others.
Isabelle Huppert has been nominated for the French film prize César more than any other actress in France, and has twice won one. Her virtuoso acting style has also brought her two Palmes D’Or at Cannes. She has appeared in more than 20 films shown in competition there — yet another record. She won a Golden Globe as Best Actress for her work in the thriller ‘Elle’ (B 2016, Regie: Paul Verhoeven). That role as a successful businesswoman who takes revenge on her rapist also resulted in her first Academy Award nomination.
Isabelle Huppert has been closely linked with the film festival for many years and starred in seven Competition films to date. The ensemble cast of François Ozon’s ‘8 Femmes’ (F/I 2002) was awarded a Silver Bear for outstanding artistic accomplishment. In ‘L’Avenir’ (F/G 2016), she also plays a woman re-discovering her freedom as a philosophy teacher in a failing marriage. Director Mia Hansen-Løve won the Silver Bear as Best Director for the film.
(‘8 Women’), F/I, 2002, directed by François Ozon
When the owner of a country manor is found dead, the game is afoot to figure out which of the eight women under his roof is responsible. A nostalgic, musical murder mystery in the tradition of Agatha Christie, starring an ensemble of French film divas.
F/G/BE, 2016, directed by Paul Verhoeven
A Paris businesswoman seeks revenge on her rapist, whom she believes to be someone she knows. Thanks to Isabelle Huppert, ‘Elle’ emerges as a subtle character study, a sarcastic portrait of society, and an arresting thriller.
F/G, 1995, directed by Claude Chabrol
A shy housemaid is incited to rebellion by a feisty friend. Isabelle Huppert and Sandrine Bonnaire are brilliant as a homicidal duo in this bizarre crime story. The two received top acting honours in Venice for their performances.
(‘The Lacemaker’), CH/FR/FRG, 1977, directed by Claude Goretta
A shy, young hairdresser breaks down over her unfulfilling love for a Paris philosophy student and his upper-class conceits. This role as a plain and withdrawn ‘silent sufferer’ was Isabelle Huppert’s first international film hit.
(‘The Piano Teacher’), AUT/F, 2001, directed by Michael Haneke
A piano teacher in Vienna compels one of her students into a sado-masochistic relationship. In this multi award-winning film version of Elfriede Jelinek’s novel, Isabelle Huppert is brilliant and shocking in scenes full of violence and desire.
(‘Things to Come’), F/G, 2016, directed by: Mia Hansen-Løve
A Parisian philosophy teacher loses all the security and routines of her everyday life. She bravely faces up to her changed situation. Amidst an ensemble entirely composed of young actors, Isabelle Huppert demonstrates the compelling energy of maturity.
Sauve qui peut (la vie)
(‘Every Man for Himself’), F/CH/FRG/AUT, 1980, directed by Jean-Luc Godard
A film director descends into a life crisis when his lover leaves him and his ex-wife rebuffs him. In this loosely-structured round robin of relationships, Isabelle Huppert as a prostitute embodies a figure key to Godard’s grand themes of work and love.