AWARDS / DINNER 2017
For the third Women in Motion programme, official partner Kering and the Festival de Cannes will present the Women in Motion Award to French actress Isabelle Huppert.
Exceptionally free-spirited and bold, Isabelle Huppert has taken many artistic risks in her career, and whilst acting with leading names, she has successfully established her own style in a variety of registers ranging from drama to comedy. She has pushed back boundaries with the strong and far-from-stereotypical roles that she has played since the early days of her career. Whether being directed by legendary filmmakers or by a brilliant new generation of talented filmmakers, Isabelle Huppert is one of the most inspirational figures in the world of cinema.
“Isabelle Huppert is globally acclaimed as an actress for her eclectic choices and creative audacity. She is an actress with raw talent who succeeded in gaining recognition in an environment in which female representation is still a major challenge. By presenting her with this award, we wish to salute her considerable contribution to the world of cinema as well as her ability, through her roles and her career, to inspire new generations of women such as the director Maysaloun Hamoud, whose film is an ode to tolerance and diversity.”
Women in Motion Award 2017 : Isabelle Huppert
A Cinema icon, Isabelle Huppert emerged, from the beginning of her acting career, as a leading name, working with some of the French film industry’s greatest directors such as Jean-Luc Godard, Maurice Pialat, Claude Sautet, Bertrand Blier, and André Téchiné. Under the direction of Claude Chabrol she played the role of Violette Nozière in the eponymous film which quickly earned her recognition at the Festival de Cannes. A globally-acclaimed French actress, her international career was launched with Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate. Isabelle Huppert then went on to work with directors from all over the world, including Austrian director - Michael Haneke, the South Korean director - Hong Sang-soo, American directors - Curtis Hanson et David Owen Russell, Italian directors - Marco Ferreri and Marco Bellocchio, and Dutch director - Paul Verhoeven. Isabelle Huppert continued to work with major French directors, both male and female, such as Jacques Doillon (A Woman’s Revenge), François Ozon (8 Women), Christophe Honoré (My Mother), Patrice Chéreau (Gabrielle), Mia Hansen-Løve (Things to Come), Claire Denis (White Material) and Catherine Breillat (Abuse of Weakness). She achieved a record by having played in over twenty films selected at the Cannes Film Festival, and has won twice the award for Best Actress (for Violette Nozière by Claude Chabrol and The Piano Teacher by Michael Haneke). While already having won multiple awards around the world, Isabelle Huppert received an Oscar nomination in the Best Actress category for Elle by Paul Verhoeven. Her performance in this role also won her a second César award and a Golden Globe. After having been a member of the jury at the Festival de Cannes she was also once its President. With an already impressive filmography, this year she is competing at the Festival with two films in the Official Selection: Happy End by Michael Haneke and Claire’s Camera by Hong Sang-soo. Alongside her film career, Isabelle Huppert regularly performs in some of the world’s greatest theatres, acting in major plays such as Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare (Peter Zadek), Orlando by Virginia Woolf (Bob Wilson), Medea by Euripides (Jacques Lassalle), Quartet by Heiner Müller (Bob Wilson), False Secrets by Marivaux (Luc Bondy) and Phaedra(s) (Krzysztof Warlikowski).
Isabelle Huppert has in turn chosen to honour Maysaloun Hamoud by awarding her the Young Talents prize.
In 2016 this young Palestinian director and scriptwriter made her first feature film, In Between (Bar Bahar), which chronicles the daily lives of three young Palestinian women living in Tel Aviv, torn between family traditions and their desire for independence. The film, which has won acclaim at festivals worldwide, was produced by Shlomi Elkabetz, whose sister, Ronit Elkabetz, the great scriptwriter, director and actress, died a year ago, leaving a lasting mark on Israeli cinema. The Young Talents Award, accompanied by funding of €50,000, will enable Maysaloun Hamoud to continue her filmmaking projects.