In Conversation With...

In Conversation With... Isabelle Huppert

Isabelle Huppert stands among the greatest actors working today. As the Festival presents her three latest films — Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, Mia Hansen-Løve's Things to Come, and Bavo Defurne’s Souvenir — we are honoured to welcome her for an in-depth conversation about her staggering four-decade filmography that includes work both with established masters (Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol, Claire Denis, Michael Haneke) and emerging auteurs (Hansen-Løve, Joachim Trier).

Isabelle Huppert dominates the screen like no one else. Her staggering oeuvre — which spans over four decades and features more than 100 roles — situates the French actor as one of the most prolific and fiercely committed artists in cinematic history.

She has delivered indelible performances for master filmmakers Jean-Luc Godard (Every Man For Himself), Claire Denis (White Material), Michael Haneke (The Piano Teacher), Catherine Breillat (Abuse of Weakness), David O. Russell (I Heart Huckabees), and Claude Chabrol (La Cérémonie, for which she won the coveted César Award). Her emotive and cerebral work has elevated Huppert to the ranks of screen legends Bette Davis and Setsuko Hara. This year at the Festival she appears in three films, bringing introspection and subtlety to Mia Hansen-Løve's Berlin Silver Bear–winning Things to Come and Bavo Defurne's Souvenir; and she will galvanize audiences in Paul Verhoeven's Elle, a wilfully daring and controversial work that owes its every frame's intelligence and energy to Huppert.

Please join us for this rare privilege to hear from a screen luminary as she reflects on her most iconic roles and their place in cinematic history.

THERESA SCANDIFFIO

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