Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival


ISABELLE HUPPERT: Film retrospective and a Photography Show

The main focus of the LEFFEST – Lisbon & Sintra Film Festival’17 will be on actress Isabelle Huppert, with a big retrospective of the films she starred in, and an international photography show, Isabelle Huppert: Woman of Many Faces.

Huppert is a unique actress, one of the best in the world, who worked, throughout her long career, with the biggest and most prestigious filmmakers, such as Jean-Luc Godard, Werner Schroeter, Claude Chabrol, Otto Preminger or Michael Cimino. Unforgettable are the roles she played in, for example, PassionMalinaHeaven’s Gate or the films she did with Chabrol (Une Affaire de Femmes or La Cérémonie) and, recently, with Michael Haneke (La PianisteLe Temps du LoupAmour, or the very recent Happy End) and Hong Sangsoo, whose Claire’s Camera, not yet released in Portugal, is included in the retrospective.

During last season, Isabelle Huppert had a remarkable critical and public recognition, with the numerous awards for her role in Paul Verhoeven’s Elle.

The actress will attend the festival.

Isabelle Huppert: Woman of Many Faces

Isabelle Huppert: Woman of Many Faces, commissioned by Ronald Chammah and Jeanne Fouchet-Nahas, a photography show which, after being presented at the Museum of Modern Art, in New York, travelled internationally to diverse artistic institutions and has already been seen by over a million people, will open on November 18th at the MU.SA – Museum of the Arts of Sintra, in the presence of the actress and artists with whom she worked.  

Isabelle Huppert: Woman of Many Faces gathers more than 100 photographs, video-portraits and video-installations from various artists, from diverse generations and countries, including Henri Cartier Bresson, Nan Goldin, Robert Frank, Helmut Newton, Cindy Sherman, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Robert Wilson, Antoine d’Agata, Raymond Depardon, Robert Doisneau, Josef Koudelka, Annie Leibovitz and Herb Ritts.  

Huppert’s demanding, dense and audacious interpretations, both in cinema and in the theatre, are reflected in this diverse collection of portraits, celebrating a prolific and awarded career, which, in the field of theatre, was distinguished with the 2017 Honorary Molière Award, the national prize for French Theatre.   

The words of Belgian theatre director Ivo van Hove about Isabelle Huppert, during the Molière Awards ceremony, are crystal clear accurate: She can be naked, vulnerable, fragile, but when she acts, it’s like she is in the eye of the storm, where all is silence.
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