Celebrated for her versatility and fearless approach to the filmmaking process, French actress Isabelle Huppert has portrayed some of European cinemas most unsentimental, libidinous and provocative female characters. The seductive self-awareness and subtlety that characterise her remarkable career have led many to describe her as one of the greatest actresses working in cinema today. Huppert has featured in over 80 critically celebrated feature films since her debut in 1971 and has worked with many of Europe's pre-eminent directors, including Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard, Michael Haneke, Maurice Pialat, Joseph Losey, Raúl Ruiz, Diane Kurys and Bertrand Tavernier.
In 1977, Huppert received a Best Actress Award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) for The Lacemaker 1977, bringing her beguiling talents to an international audience. Huppert has also received two Best Actress Awards at the Cannes International Film Festival (for Violette Nozière in 1978 and La Pianiste in 2001), two Volpi Cups from the Venice International Film Festival (for Story of Women in 1989 and The Ceremony in 1995) as well as a César Award from the French Academy for her role in The Ceremony. Acknowledging the actress's significant contribution to cinema, Huppert was recipient of the Special Lion from the Venice International Film Festival in 2005 and received the Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Sebastián International Film Festival in 2003.
Presented in partnership with Alliance Française, Brisbane and the Embassy of France in Australia. Program curated by Jose Da Silva, Australian Cinémathèque with accompanying film notes.
List of Works
La Dentellière (The Lacemaker) 1977 | Director: Claude Goretta
Violette Nozière 1978 | Director: Claude Chabrol
Sauve Qui Peut (la Vie) (Slow Motion aka Every Man for Himself) 1979 | Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Loulou 1980 | Director: Maurice Pialat
Coup de Torchon (Clean Slate) 1981 | Director: Bertrand Tavernier
Coup de Foudre aka Entre Nous (At First Sight aka Between Us) 1983 | Director: Diane Kurys
Une Affaire de Femmes (Story of Women) 1989 | Director: Claude Chabrol
Madame Bovary 1991 | Director: Claude Chabrol
La Séparation (The Separation) 1991 | Director: Christian Vincent
La Cérémonie (The Ceremony aka A Judgment in Stone) 1995 | Director: Claude Chabrol
Saint-Cyr (The King's Daughter) 1999 | Director: Patrice Mazuy
Comédie de l'innocence (Comedy of Innocence) 2000 | Director: Raúl Ruiz
Die Klavierspielerin (La Pianiste aka The Piano Teacher) 2001 | Director: Michael Haneke
La Vie Promise (The Promised Life aka The Ghost River) 2001 | Director: Oliver Dahan
Deux (Two) 2002 | Director: Werner Schroeter
Le Temps du Loup (Time of the Wolf) 2003 | Director: Michael Haneke
Ma Mère (My Mother) 2004 | Director: Christophe Honoré
Gabrielle 2005 | Director: Patrice Chéreau
Nue Propriété(Private Property) 2006 | Director: Joachim Lafosse