Tuesday, 5 June 2007

focus on isabelle huppert

In June and July ACMI pays tribute to the amazing three-decade career of French actress Isabelle Huppert with a special 20-film retrospective at ACMI Cinemas and a companion exhibition of stunning black and white photographs of Huppert in the ACMI Lounge.

Cinema Season: Focus on Isabelle Huppert

Presented in association with the Sofitel French Rendez-Vous 2007, Focus on Isabelle Huppert celebrates three decades in a powerhouse film career, from Huppert's star-defining role in Claude Goretta's The Lacemaker in 1977 to her typically fearless performance as a woman exploring the darkest permutations of desire in Christophe Honore's provocative Ma Mere, which opens our season.

The retrospective taking place at ACMI Cinemas will screen 20 of Huppert's most famous films including features by French auteurs Claude Chabrol (four of the seven features Chabrol and Huppert have made together are represented in the season), Jean-Luc Godard, Maurice Pialat and Diane Kurys as well as collaborations with international filmmakers of distinctive vision including Paul Cox, Michael Cimino, Hal Hartley, Michael Haneke, Olivier Dahan (director of the highly anticipated Edith Piaf musical biopic, La vie en rose), and Raoul Ruiz (whose film Comedie de l'innocence has just been added to the program).

"Guided by her intelligence and intuition, Isabelle Huppert is the most daring of contemporary French actresses" Serge Toubiana Director, Cinematheque Francaise

"Intense, lithe and passionate, Isabelle Huppert is one of cinema's greatest actresses. A beguiling shape-shifter, she inhabits her characters, providing them with a dense, distinctive biography and a memorable presence. Her ability to make silences revelatory is astonishing" Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator, Department of Film and Media, Museum of Modern Art (New York).

"I don't try to sympathize with my characters, I just try to empathize with them" Isabelle Huppert

Photographic Exhibition: Isabelle Huppert: Woman of Many Faces

In addition to a film retrospective, ACMI will also host an exhibition of photographic portraits of Huppert by distinguished international photographers, on display in the ACMI Lounge.   These stunning photographic portraits are currently touring the world as part of a tribute to Huppert initiated by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and have so far been exhibited in New York,  Paris, Berlin, London, Tokyo, Rome, Madrid, Sao Paolo and Beijing.

Photographers with work featured in the exhibition include Jean-Christian Bourcart, Carole Bellaiche, Edouard Boubat, Robert Doisneau, Willy Ronis, Ronald Chammah , Roger Corbeau, Studio Harcourt, Claude Gassian , Jacques Henri Lartigue, Peter Lindbergh, Anne-Marie Mieville, Sylvia Plachy, Bernard Plossu and Karin Rocholl.

Focus on Isabelle Huppert  - Overview of Program

Opening Night film:

Ma Mere R18+ (High level sex scenes, High level sexual themes)
Australian Theatrical Premiere - Imported Print
Honore's provocative film is based on the novel by Georges Bataille, whose sensational reputation as an exponent of the 'literature of transgression' belies the deeper exploration of human motivations his works illuminate. Huppert and rising French star Louis Garrel (The Dreamers, Les Amants Reguliers, Dans Paris) are cast as mother and son. On holiday in the Canary Islands - and with the family patriarch neatly despatched in the film's opening scenes - the stage is set for Pierre to be initiated into some fairly unconventional mores.

"Huppert is absolutely compelling" The Independent 


Just confirmed:

Raoul Ruiz's Comedie de l'innocence (Comedy of Innocence)  Unclassified 18+
France, 2000, French with English subtitles
First ever theatrical screening in Australia!"

Adapted from the novel The Boy With Two Mothers by the Italian surrealist Massimo Bontempelli, Comédie de l'innocence is a subtly crafted psychological thriller.. were it in English, would appeal to the popular audience that enjoyed M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense and Alejandro Amenábar's The Others, both of which it resembles." The Guardian, 2002


Films by French Directors:


Claude Chabrol

Merci pour le chocolat  (Unclassified 18+), France, 2000, French with English subtitles
Une affaire des femmes (Story of Women) M, France, 1988, French with English subtitles
Madame Bovary  PG, France, 1991, French with English subtitles
La ceremonie (The Ceremony) M, France/Germany, 1995, French with English subtitles


Jean-Luc Godard

Sauve qui peut (la vie) Slow Motion Unclassified 18+ France, 1979, French with English subtitles

Other French directors

Saint-Cyr  Unclassified 18+ Dir. Patricia Mazuy, France/UK, 1999, French with English subtitles
8 Femmes (8 Women) M Dir. Francois Ozon, France, 2002, French with English subtitles
La dentelliere (The Lacemaker) MA15+ Dir. Claude Goretta, France/Switzerland, 1977, French with English subtitles
La separation (The Separation) M, Dir. Christian Vincent, France, 1994, French with English subtitles
Loulou  Unclassified 18+ Dir. Maurice Pialat, France, 1980, French with English subtitles
Coup de foudre (aka Entre Nous) Unclassified 18+ Dir. Diane Kurys, France, 1983, French with English subtitles
La vie promise (The Promised Life)  Unclassified 18+ Dir.  Olivier Dahan, France, 2001, French with English subtitles

Films by International Directors

Cactus M Dir. Dir Paul Cox, Australia, 1986
Amateur  M Dir. Hal Hartley, USA, 1994
La pianiste (The Piano Teacher)  R18+ Dir. Michael Haneke, France/Austria, 2001, French/German with English subtitles
Le temps du loup (Time of the Wolf)  MA15+  Dir.Michael Haneke, Germany/Canada, 2002, French with English subtitles
I Heart Huckabees M Dir. David O. Russell, USA, 2004
Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate M Dir. Michael Cimino, USA, 1980
Raoul Ruiz's Comedie de l'innocence (Comedy of Innocence) Unclassified 18+, France, 2000, French with English subtitles

Focus on Isabelle Huppert is presented in association with the Sofitel French Rendez-Vous 2007, with the generous support of the Embassy of France and Alliance Francaise (Melbourne).



Further information

Claire Butler
Communications Coordinator
[direct phone] 61 3 8663 2415 [fax] 61 3 8663 2498 [mobile] 0434 603 654
[email] claire.butler@acmi.net.au  
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