Isabelle Huppert

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Isabelle Huppert
Isabelle Huppert Cannes 2015.jpg
Born Isabelle Anne Madeleine Huppert
(1953-03-16) 16 March 1953 (age 63)
Paris, France
Alma mater CNSAD
Occupation Actress
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s) Ronald Chammah (m. 1982)
Children 3; including Lolita Chammah

Isabelle Anne Madeleine Huppert (French pronunciation: ​[izabɛl yˈpɛʁ]; born 16 March 1953) is a French actress who has appeared in more than 100 films and television productions since her debut in 1971. She won the BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer for The Lacemaker (1977) and the César Award for Best Actress for La Ceremonie (1995). She is the most nominated actress for the César Award, with 15 nominations. She was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1999 and was promoted to Officer in 2009.

Huppert's first César nomination was for the 1975 film Aloïse. She went on to win Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for Violette Nozière (1978) and The Piano Teacher (2001) and the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival for Story of Women (1988) and La Ceremonie (1995).[1] Her other films in France include Loulou (1980), La Séparation (1994), 8 Women (2002), Gabrielle (2005), and Amour (2012). Among international film's most prolific actresses, Huppert has worked in several countries since her debut, including: Italy, Russia, Central Europe and on the Asian continent. Her English-language films include Heaven's Gate (1980), I Heart Huckabees (2004), The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2013), and Louder Than Bombs (2015).

In 2016, Huppert garnered acclaim for her work in the films Elle and Things to Come, winning Best Actress awards from the National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for both. In addition, her performance in Elle has earned her a Golden Globe Award, as well as nominations for a Critics' Choice Award and an Independent Spirit Award.

A six-time Molière Award nominee in France, Huppert made her London stage debut in the title role of the play Mary Stuart in 1996, and her New York stage debut in a 2005 production of 4.48 Psychosis. She returned to the New York stage in 2014, to star in a Sydney Theatre Company production of The Maids.

Early life and career[edit]

Huppert was born in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, the daughter of Annick (née Beau), an English teacher, and Raymond Huppert, a safe manufacturer. She has three sisters and a brother, and was raised in Ville-d'Avray.[2] Her father was born Jewish, and hid his background during World War II. Huppert was raised in her mother's Catholic faith.[3][4]

Huppert was encouraged by her mother to begin acting at a young age, and became a teenage star in Paris. She later attended Versailles Conservatoire, where she won a prize for her acting. She is also an alumna of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art of Paris, CNSAD.[5]

Huppert made her television debut in 1971 with Le Prussien, and her film debut in 1972's Faustine et le Bel Été. Her later appearance in the controversial Les Valseuses (1974) made her increasingly recognized by the public. Her international breakthrough came with La Dentelliere (1977),[6] for which she won a BAFTA award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles. She made her American film debut in Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate (1980), which opened to poor reviews and was a box office failure; decades later, the film has been reassessed, with some critics considering it an overlooked masterpiece.[7] Throughout the 1980s, Huppert continued to explore enigmatic and emotionally distant characters, most notably in Maurice Pialat's Loulou (1980), Godard's Sauve qui peut (la vie) (1980), Diane Kurys' Coup de foudre (1983), and Claude Chabrol's Une Affaire de Femmes (1988).

Later career and recent credits[edit]

Huppert on stage in 2006

In 1994, Huppert collaborated with American director Hal Hartley on Amateur, one of her few English-language performances since Heaven's Gate. She portrayed a manic and homicidal post-office worker in Claude Chabrol's La Cérémonie (1995), with Sandrine Bonnaire, and continued her cinematic relationship with Chabrol in Rien ne va plus (1997), and Merci pour le chocolat (2000). She also appeared in Michael Haneke's The Piano Teacher (2001), which is based on a novel of the same name (Die Klavierspielerin) by Austrian author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2004, Elfriede Jelinek. In this film, she played a piano teacher named Erika Kohut, who becomes involved with a young pianist and ladies' man, Walter Klemmer. Regarded as one of her most impressive turns, her performance netted the 2001 Best Actress prize in Cannes. In 2004, she starred in Christophe Honoré's Ma Mère as Hélène with Louis Garrel. Here, Huppert plays an attractive middle-aged mother who has an incestuous relationship with her teenage son. Ma Mère was based on a novel by Georges Bataille. 2004 also saw her star opposite Dustin Hoffman in David O. Russell's I Heart Huckabees.

Huppert has worked in several countries since her debut. She worked in Italy (with directors Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Mauro Bolognini, Marco Ferreri and Marco Bellocchio), in Russia (with Igor Minaiev), in Central Europe (with Werner Schroeter, Andrzej Wajda, Ursula Meier, Michael Haneke, Márta Mészáros and Aleksandar Petrović) and on the Asian continent (with Hong Sang-soo, Brillante Mendoza and Rithy Panh).

Huppert is also an acclaimed stage actress, receiving six Molière Award nominations, including for the title role in a 2001 Paris production of Medea, directed by Jacques Lassalle, and at the Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe in Paris, in the title role of a 2005 production of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler.[8] Later that year, she toured the United States in a Royal Court Theatre production of Sarah Kane's theatrical piece 4.48 Psychosis. This production was directed by Claude Régy (fr) and performed in French.[9]

Isabelle Huppert was the President of the Jury at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival, from 13 May to 24 May 2009.[1] She has been Member of the Jury and Master of Ceremony in previous years, as well as winning the Best Actress Award twice. As president, she and her jury awarded the Palme d'Or to The White Ribbon by the Austrian director Michael Haneke,[10] who has directed her in The Piano Teacher and Time of the Wolf.[11]

Huppert starred in the 11th season finale of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit which aired on 19 May 2010.

In September 2010, the Philippine Daily Inquirer announced that she had been cast in the film Captive by award-winning Filipino director Brillante Mendoza. Huppert played one of the hostages of the Dos Palmas kidnappings.[12]

In 2012, she starred in two films that competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival: Michael Haneke's Amour and Hong Sang-soo's In Another Country, with the former winning the top prize.[13][14]

In 2013, she co-starred in Sydney Theatre Company's The Maids by Jean Genet, with Cate Blanchett and Elizabeth Debicki and directed by Benedict Andrews in a new English translation by Andrews and Andrew Upton. In August 2014, the production toured in New York as a part of the Lincoln Center Festival.[15][16]

In 2016, she starred in two films that received widespread critical acclaim: Mia Hansen-Løve's Things to Come, which premiered at the Berlinale, and Paul Verhoeven's Elle, which premiered at Cannes. Among other awards and nominations, she won the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress for both films.[17] For her performance in Elle, Huppert won the Golden Globe Award and Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Actress, in addition to being nominated for the Critics' Choice Award and the Independent Spirit Award.

In 2016, Huppert starred in Krzysztof Warlikowski's stage production of Phèdre(s), which toured Europe as well as BAM in New York.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Huppert has been married to writer, producer and director Ronald Chammah since 1982. They have three children, including the actress Lolita Chammah, with whom she acted in the film Copacabana.[19][20]

Filmography[edit]

Discography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Huppert poses with Special Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to the world cinema at 44th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

She has been nominated 15 times for a César Award, winning it in 1996 for her work in La Cérémonie.

She is one of only four women who have twice won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival: in 1978 for her role in Violette Nozière by Claude Chabrol (tied with Jill Clayburgh) and in 2001 for The Piano Teacher by Michael Haneke.

She is also one of only three women who have twice received the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival: in 1988 for her part in Une affaire de femmes (tied with Shirley MacLaine), and in 1995 for La Cérémonie (tied with her partner in the movie, Sandrine Bonnaire). Both films were directed by Claude Chabrol. Additionally, she received a Special Lion in 2005 for her role in Gabrielle.

Huppert was twice voted Best Actress at the European Film Awards: in 2001 for playing Erika Kohut in The Piano Teacher, and in 2002 with the entire cast of 8 Women (directed by François Ozon). The latter cast also won a Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution, at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival (Halle Berry won Best Actress at Berlin in 2002).[22] She won the Best Actress award at the Montreal World Film Festival (in 2002 for Merci pour le chocolat), at the Moscow International Film Festival (in 1991 for Madame Bovary), at the Deutscher Filmpreis (in 1991 for Malina) and twice at the David di Donatello (in 1978 for La Dentellière and in 2001 for The Piano Teacher).

In 2008, she received the Stanislavsky Award for outstanding achievement in acting, and devotion to the principles of the Stanislavski method.

She was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre national du Mérite on 8 December 1994[23] and was promoted to Officier (Officer) in 2005.[23]

She was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d'honneur on 29 September 1999[24] and was promoted to Officier (Officer) in 2009.[24]

BAFTA Film Awards[edit]

Year Group Award Film Result
1978 BAFTA Film Awards Most Promising Newcomer The Lacemaker (La Dentellière) Won[25]

César Awards[edit]

Year Group Award Film Result
1976 César Awards Best Supporting Actress Aloïse Nominated
1978 Best Actress The Lacemaker (La Dentellière) Nominated
1979 Violette Nozière Nominated
1981 Loulou Nominated
1982 Coup de torchon Nominated
1989 Story of Women (Une affaire de femmes) Nominated
1995 La Séparation Nominated
1996 La Cérémonie Won
1999 L'École de la chair Nominated
2001 Saint-Cyr Nominated
2002 The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste) Nominated
2003 8 Women (8 Femmes) Nominated
2006 Gabrielle Nominated
2013 Best Supporting Actress Amour Nominated
2016 Best Actress Valley of Love Nominated

Lumières Awards[edit]

Year Group Award Film Result
1996 Lumières Awards Best Actress La Cérémonie Won
2001 Best Actress Merci pour le chocolat Won
2006 Best Actress Gabrielle Won
2007 Best Actress Comedy of Power Nominated
2016 Best Actress Valley of Love Nominated
2017 Best Actress Elle Pending

Film festivals[edit]

Year Group Award Film Result
1978 Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Violette Nozière Won
1988 Seminci Best Actress Story of Women (Une affaire de femmes) Won
Venice Film Festival Best Actress (Volpi Cup) Won
1989 Bogotá International Film Festival Best Actress Won
1991 Moscow International Film Festival Best Actress Madame Bovary Won[26]
1995 Venice Film Festival Best Actress (Volpi Cup) La Cérémonie Won
2000 Montreal World Film Festival Best Actress (tied with Gong Li) Merci pour le chocolat Won
2001 Cannes Film Festival Best Actress The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste) Won
2002 Berlin International Film Festival Outstanding Artistic Achievement (shared) 8 Women Won
Pula Film Festival Best Actress – Foreign Film The Piano Teacher Won
Seattle International Film Festival Best Actress Won
2008 Mar del Plata International Film Festival Best Actress Home Won
2010 Cairo International Film Festival Best Actress Copacabana Won
Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival Special Jury Award Won
Philadelphia Film Festival Best Actress Won
2011 Mumbai International Film Festival Best Actress (shared with Anamaria Vartolomei) My Little Princess Won
2017 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Montecito Award Elle Won
Palm Springs International Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actress Won[27]

Molière Awards[edit]

Year Group Award Play Result
1989 Molière Awards Best Actress A Month in the Country (Un mois à la campagne) Nominated
1994 Orlando: A Biography (Orlando) Nominated
1995 Nominated
2001 Medea (Médée) Nominated
2005 Hedda Gabler Nominated
2016 Phaedra(s) Nominated

Other[edit]

Year Group Award Film Result
2001 European Film Awards Best Actress The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste) Won
2002 European Film Awards Best Actress (shared) 8 Women Won
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Actress The Piano Teacher 2nd Place
National Society of Film Critics Best Actress 2nd Place
New York Film Critics Circle Best Actress 3rd Place
San Diego Film Critics Society Body of Work Award The Piano Teacher / Les destinées sentimentales /
Merci pour le chocolat / 8 Women
Won
2013 London Film Critics Circle Supporting Actress of the Year Amour Nominated
2016 Dublin Film Critics' Circle Best Actress Things to Come Nominated
London Film Critics' Circle Actress of the Year Pending
Boston Society of Film Critics Best Actress Elle / Things to Come Won
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Actress Won
National Society of Film Critics Best Actress Won
New York Film Critics Circle Best Actress Won
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Actress Defying Age and Ageism (tied with Annette Bening) Elle Won
Bravest Performance Won
Austin Film Critics Association Best Actress Won
Boston Online Film Critics Association Best Actress Won
Florida Film Critics Circle Best Actress Won
Golden Globe Award Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama Won
Gotham Independent Film Awards Best Actress Won
IndieWire Critics Poll Best Actress Won
New York Film Critics Online Best Actress Won
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Actress Won
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Best Actress Won
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Actress Won
Village Voice Film Poll Best Actress Won
Toronto Film Critics Association Best Actress Runner-up
AACTA International Award Best Actress Nominated
AARP Annual Movies for Grownups Awards Best Actress Nominated
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Actress Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Actress Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Actress Nominated
European Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
Houston Film Critics Society Best Actress Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Best Actress Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead Pending
2017 Globes de Cristal Award Best Actress Pending
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Motion Picture (tied with Ruth Negga) Won

Honorary awards[edit]

Reviews[edit]

David Thomson on Claude Chabrol's Madame Bovary: "[Huppert] has to rate as one of the most accomplished actresses in the world today, even if she seems short of the passion or agony of her contemporary, Isabelle Adjani". Stuart Jeffries of The Observer on The Piano Teacher: "This is surely one of the greatest performances of Huppert's already illustrious acting career, though it is one that is very hard to watch." Director, Michael Haneke: "[Huppert] has such professionalism, the way she is able to represent suffering. At one end you have the extreme of her suffering and then you have her icy intellectualism. No other actor can combine the two."[30] Of her performance in 2011's Hidden Love, Roger Ebert said "Isabelle Huppert makes one good film after another.... she is fearless. Directors often depend on her gift for conveying depression, compulsion, egotism and despair. She can be funny and charming, but then so can a lot of actors. She is in complete command of a face that regards the void with blankness."[31] In 2010, S.T. VanAirsdale described her as "arguably the world’s greatest screen actress".[32]

Huppert's work in Elle and Things to Come topped The Playlist's ranking of "The 25 Best Performances Of 2016", stating: "She runs the emotional gamut from one film to the next, carnal, savage, shattered, listless, invulnerable but exposed, a woman on the verge of collapse who refuses to succumb to her instabilities. Huppert's career spans four decades and change, plus a heap of awards and accolades, but with Elle and Things To Come, she could well be having her best year yet."[33]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Huppert Interview accessed 26 October 2016
  3. ^ Leon, Masha (18 November 2009). "Sea of Faces: French Film Star Isabelle Huppert Presents Award to Robert Wilson at FIAF Gala". Forward. Retrieved 18 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Entretien avec Caroline Huppert" (PDF). groupe25images.fr (French). Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  5. ^ Marx, Rebecca Flint. "Isabelle Huppert". Allmovie. Retrieved 15 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "Isabelle Huppert". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 15 August 2009. 
  7. ^ Barber, Nicholas. "Heaven's Gate: From Hollywood disaster to masterpiece". Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "Théâtre – Hedda Gabler", interview, Arte TV, 29 January 2005 (French)
  9. ^ "Existentialist Musings, Clinically Pondered in French" by Charles Isherwood, The New York Times, 21 October 2005.
  10. ^ "Huppert hands Haneke the Palme d'Or". macleans.ca. 24 May 2009. 
  11. ^ "French actress and President of the Jury Isabelle Huppert, right, kisses Austrian director Michael Haneke after he received the Palme d'Or award". Yahoo! Cinéma. 24 May 2009. 
  12. ^ Cruz, Marinel (21 September 2010). "A film about Abu Sayaff, by Brillante Mendoza". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 
  13. ^ "2012 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  14. ^ "Cannes Film Festival 2012 line-up announced". timeout. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  15. ^ The Maids, media release, Sydney Theatre Company
  16. ^ The Maids, media release, Sydney Theatre Company
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  18. ^ Callahan, Dan (14 September 2016). "Isabelle Huppert Shines in Phaedra(s) at BAM Harvey Theater". Brooklyn Magazine. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  19. ^ Bio at IMDB
  20. ^ Dupont, Joan (18 May 2010). "Isabelle Huppert and Her Daughter Meet on Screen at Cannes". The New York Times. 
  21. ^ "Madame Deshoulières [IMPORT]". amazon.com. Retrieved 10 November 2009. 
  22. ^ "Prizes & Honours 2002", berlinale.de webpage.
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  24. ^ a b "Décret du 31 décembre 2008 portant promotion et nomination". JORF. 2009 (1): 15. 1 January 2009. PREX0828237D. Retrieved 5 April 2009. 
  25. ^ "Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles 1977", BAFTA database page.
  26. ^ "17th Moscow International Film Festival (2001)". MIFF. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  27. ^ Pond, Steve (14 January 2017). "Palm Springs Film Festival Prizes Go to Isabelle Huppert, 'Toni Erdmann'". TheWrap. Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  28. ^ "30th Moscow International Film Festival (2008)". MIFF. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  29. ^ "UniFrance décernera un French Cinema Award à Isabelle Huppert". UniFrance (French). 12 December 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  30. ^ Jeffries, Stuart (28 October 2001). "Just don't ask her to play cute". The Guardian. London. The Observer. 
  31. ^ Ebert, Roger (24 February 2011). "Hidden Love Review". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  32. ^ VanAirsdale, S.T. (16 November 2010). "Isabelle Huppert on White Material, Missing Chabrol, and the Joys of Law & Order: SVU". movieline.com. 
  33. ^ "The 25 Best Performances Of 2016". The Playlist. 22 December 2016. Retrieved 23 December 2016. 

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