Posted by Larry Gleeson
That Tribute the section of the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival will be dedicated to the French film and stage actress Isabelle Huppert, who will be awarded an Honorary Gold Bear for lifetime achievement. In connection with the award ceremony on 15 February 2022 at the Berlinale Palast, the festival will be shown as one Berlinale specialgalla About Joan (About Joan, instruction: Laurent Larivière). Huppert is often seen as one of the most versatile actors in the world and has played an impressive array of characters in nearly 150 cinema and television productions.
Isabelle Huppert has been closely associated with the film festival for many years and has participated in seven Competition movies to date. She was first a guest in Berlin at A woman’s revenge (A woman’s revenge, instruction: Jacques Doillon). Director François Ozon cast her in his dark musical comedy 8 women (8 women) as an insignificant woman who eventually emerges as a confident beauty. The ensemble crew was awarded a silver bear for outstanding artistic achievement. IN The future (Things to come), she also plays a woman who rediscovers her freedom as a philosophy teacher in a failed marriage. Director Mia Hansen-Løve won the Silver Bear as best director for the film.
“We are proud to welcome Isabelle Huppert back to the festival,” said Berlinale directors Mariette and Carlo Chatrian. artists recognized for acting, awards at all major film festivals, but Isabelle Huppert is more than a famous actress – she is an uncompromising artist who does not hesitate to take risks and reject mainstream trends. To give her our most prestigious award is to highlight cinema as an art form, independent and unconditional.We often see actors as tools in the hands of filmmakers, but Isabelle Huppert is a clear example that dynamics can be a true exchange.Actor can be the true engine in creating not only emotions, but also cinema concepts. “
Isabelle Huppert began studying acting at the age of 14, and later attended the Conservatoire nationale supérieur d’art dramatique in Paris.
She began her career on stage and made her screen debut Faustine and the beautiful summer (Faustine and the beautiful summer, instruction: Nina Companeez). Huppert’s first appearance in an international production was in the film Rosebud (dir .: Otto Preminger). Two years later, she starred as the shy young woman Béatrice in Claude Gorettas The lace maker (The lace maker) won her BAFTA as the most promising newcomer.
Huppert soon became aware of a host of top filmmakers, such as Jean-Luc Godard and Bertrand Tavernier. Her first trip to Godard was like his star Save who can (life) (Every man for himself). Other world-renowned directors soon embraced Huppert’s various acting talents, including Olivier Assayas, Catherine Breillat, Patrice Chéreau, Claire Denis, Andrzej Wajda and Joachim Trier, as well as American filmmakers such as Curtis Hanson, Hal Hartley, Ira Sachs and David O. Russell. Italian filmmakers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani starred in their films Optional affinity (Optional affinity) and she was part of the ensemble of Marco Bellocchios Sleeping Beauty (Sleeping Beauty).
The acclaimed French director Claude Chabrol casts Isabelle Huppert in a total of seven films, where each character is as changeable and complex as the next, starting with the title role in Violette Nozière. It received her first Palme d’Or for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Cannes Film Festival. Huppert and Sandrine Bonnaire played a couple of killer friends in the director’s Ceremony, a role that gave her a César. Huppert’s last collaboration with Chabrol was her complex portrayal of a powerful judge in Poisoning of power (In the power of comedy), which premiered in Competition at the Berlinale.
The actress’ film career has also been shaped by her work with Austrian director Michael Haneke, with whom she has made four films. Her unique lead appearance in his 2001 controversial drama Pianists (The piano teacher) brought her awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role at Cannes and at the European Film Awards. Beginning with her appearance in Brillante Mendoza’s Capture, shown in Competition in Berlin, Huppert has increasingly worked with Asian instructors. That same year she was in Hong Sang-soo’s Da-reun na-ra-e-seo (In another country), plays three different women, all with the same name.
Huppert has also made successful films with other German-speaking directors and actors. She performed with Hanna Schygulla in Piera’s story (The story of Piera) directed by Marco Ferreri. And she took the lead as the nameless author, who increasingly loses touch with reality in the film adaptation of Ingeborg Bachmann’s Raspberry (director: Werner Schroeter), wins the German Film Prize. She was top-notch in Swiss director Ursula Meier’s Home.
Isabelle Huppert has been nominated for the French Film Award César more than any other actress in France and has twice won one. Her virtuoso acting style has also earned her two Palms of Gold at Cannes. She has appeared in more than 20 films shown in competition there – another record. She won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her work in the thriller She (instruction: Paul Verhoeven). The role of a successful businesswoman taking revenge on her rapist also resulted in her first Oscar nomination.
In addition to her successful career on screen, Isabelle Huppert also continues to work on stage and has, among other things, been awarded the Europe Theater Prize. After the premiere of the French version of Orlando, she took to the stage under the direction of Robert Wilson again as the glacier marchess Merteuil in Heiner Müllers quartet. She was just as brilliant in Sarah Kane’s acting 4.48 Psychosis directed by Claude Régy. The guest performance of the play in Berlin marked for the first time that Huppert performed on a German stage, enchanting the audience with his intense portrayal.
The French-German-Irish co-production About Joan (About Joan) directed by Laurent Larivière, who plays Huppert alongside Lars Eidinger, will be released in Germany in 2022.
That Tribute movie:
The lace maker (The lace maker), France / BRD / Switzerland, 1977, Claude Goretta
Save who can (life) (Every man for himself), France / Switzerland / BRD / Austria, 1980, Jean-Luc Godard
Ceremony, France / Germany, 1995, Claude Chabrol
Pianists (The piano teacher), France / Austria / Germany, 2001, Michael Haneke
8 women (8 women), France / Italy, 2002, François Ozon
The future (Things to come), France / Germany, 2016, Mia Hansen-Løve
She, France / Germany / Belgium, 2016, Paul Verhoeven
That Tribute is installed under the supervision of Deutsche Kinemathek.
(From Berlinale press release)