Isabelle Huppert On Screen

CinéSalon Series
Tuesdays, March 5–April 23, 2019
4pm & 7:30pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

FIAF CinéSalon celebrates award-winning French screen and stage actress Isabelle Huppert with screenings of ten notable films from her career on Tuesdays, from March 5 to April 23.

Among the greatest actresses of her generation, Isabelle Huppert has starred in more than 120 films, garnering a record 16 César nominations and an Academy Award for Best Actress. Throughout her career, Huppert has audaciously pursued morally complex roles, fearlessly embracing the fragility and ferocity of human nature.

From 1977’s The Lacemaker, which launched Huppert’s international reputation, to 2017’s Mrs. Hyde, the series brings together ten key films, marking highlights from Huppert’s career. It showcases partnerships with long-time collaborators such as Claude Chabrol (The Ceremony) and Michael Haneke (The Piano Teacher), as well as younger filmmakers such as Mia Hansen-Løve (Things to Come) and Ursula Meier (Home).

Directors Mia Hansen-Løve and Claire Denis will participate in Q&As after the 7:30pm screenings of the films Things to Come and White Material on March 5 and April 2, respectively. Each screening will be followed by a wine & beer reception in the spirit of the French ciné-clubs and literary salons.

In conjunction with this series, on Sunday, March 24, FIAF will present A Special Evening with Isabelle Huppert, a conversation with the actress and journalist Adam Gopnik at 6pm, preceded by a screening at 5pm of I Love Isabelle Huppert (Stéphane Bergouhnioux and Jean-Marie Nizan, 2017).

Films will have English subtitles.

Film Schedule

Isabelle Huppert

Things to Come
L’avenir

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
4pm & 7:30pm
Wine and beer reception after both screenings
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Q&A with director Mia Hansen-Løve after 7:30pm screening.

Isabelle Huppert stars in this luminous portrait of a woman facing difficult changes in late middle-age. Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve, the film is an energizing reminder of the fortitude found in the life of the mind, powerfully channeled through Huppert’s intelligence, vitality, and unexpected flashes of humor.

Isabelle Huppert

The Lacemaker

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
4pm & 7:30pm
Followed by a wine and beer reception
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Isabelle Huppert made her international breakthrough with this sensitive performance in the role of an inexperienced hairdresser’s assistant who falls in love with a bourgeois literature student.

Isabelle Huppert

Home

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
4pm
Followed by a wine and beer reception
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Ursula Meier’s charmingly offbeat debut features an eccentric but happy family whose life is turned upside down when a busy highway running straight through its front yard opens, cutting them off from the world. Isabelle Huppert stars in the role of the mother.

Isabelle Huppert

The Piano Teacher

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
7:30pm
Followed by a wine and beer reception
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Based on the novel by Nobel prize winner Elfriede Jelinek, The Piano Teacher features Isabelle Huppert in the role of Erika Kohut, a repressed Viennese piano teacher torn between a domineering mother and her sadomasochistic relationship with a young pianist. This first collaboration with director Michael Haneke earned Huppert the Best Actress award at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.

Isabelle Huppert On Screen

The Ceremony

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Screenings at 4pm & 7:30pm
Talk in French by Olivier Barrot at 6:45pm
Wine/beer reception after both screenings
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Arguably the best and certainly the most subversive of the seven films Isabelle Huppert made with New Wave director Claude Chabrol, The Ceremony is loosely based on the true story of the murderous Papin sisters, which also inspired Jean Genet’s The Maids. Journalist and TV personality Olivier Barrot will share his insights about the film during a free talk in French at 6:45pm.

Isabelle Huppert

Loulou

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
4pm
Followed by a wine and beer reception
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

In one of her first great mature roles, Isabelle Huppert is Nelly, a bourgeois Parisian who leaves her staid husband to take up with the unemployed ex-con Loulou. This first pairing of Huppert and Gérard Depardieu ranks high in the pantheon of iconic screen couples. Directed by Maurice Pialat.

Isabelle Huppert On Screen

White Material

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
7:30pm
Post-screening Q&A with Claire Denis
Followed by a wine and beer reception
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Update: Director Claire Denis regrets that she is unable to attend tonight’s Q&A.

When civil war erupts in a troubled African nation, a farm-owner fights to save her family’s failing coffee plantation, putting her life at risk as rebel troops close in. Isabelle Huppert delivers one of her most complex performances, exuding an unnatural, fiery calm amid turmoil in this film from writer-director Claire Denis.

Isabelle Huppert

Coup de Torchon

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
4pm & 7:30pm
Followed by a wine and beer reception
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Bertrand Tavernier’s adaptation of Jim Thompson’s classic pulp novel Pop. 1280 transposes the story of a spineless Texas police chief turned murderer to French West Africa in 1938, providing a subtext of colonial decadence and disgrace. Starring Isabelle Huppert and Philippe Noiret, the film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

Isabelle Huppert

In Another Country

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
4pm & 7:30pm
Followed by a wine and beer reception
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

In the three tales that make up this bittersweet gem by contemporary master Hong Sang-soo, Isabelle Huppert chews the screen playing three French women visiting a Korean seaside town: a famous film director, a married woman meeting her lover, and a recently divorced housewife.

Isabelle Huppert

Mrs. Hyde

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
4pm & 7:30pm
Followed by a wine and beer reception
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

This loose adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde finds Isabelle Huppert playing Mme. Géquil, a meek physics teacher who undergoes a mysterious transformation after being struck by lightning at a high school in a tough Paris suburb. Directed by Serge Bozon.

Related Event

Screening & Talk

A Special Evening with Isabelle Huppert

Sunday, March 24, 2019
Screening at 5pm
Conversation with Adam Gopnik at 6pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Join us for a special evening with celebrated French screen and stage actress Isabelle Huppert. A screening of the documentary I Love Isabelle Huppert (2017) will be followed by an exclusive conversation with Ms. Huppert and journalist Adam Gopnik.

CinéSalon is supported by Air France and Delta Air Lines, BNP Paribas, Canal +, Renault Nissan Mitsubishi, and Sofitel. CinéSalon is made possible by the NY State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NY State Legislature. Special thanks to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the Institut français. Le Val is the exclusive wine partner and Kronenbourg 1664 is the exclusive beer partner for CinéSalon.

Series curated by Delphine Selles-Alvarez.

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