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image of isabelle huppert from the photographic exhibition woman of many faces
Isabelle Huppert © Peter Lindbergh

Cool, intense and hypnotic, France's most daring contemporary actress is celebrated in a retrospective charting an iconic screen career.

Fri 29 June - Tue 10 July 2007

Full $13 Concession $10 
Six Session Pass: Full $60 Concession $48

Curated by Roberta Ciabarra. Read the program notes.

Presented in association with the Sofitel French Rendez-vous 2007, with the generous support of the Alliance Française and the Embassy of France.

Jean-Jacques Garnier, Ambassade de France en Australie, Edouard Mornaud & Francoise Libotte, Alliance Francaise de Melbourne, Becker Entertainment, Bureau du film francais (Ministere des Affaires Etrangeres), Dendy Films, Gaumont, Gemini Films, Illumination Films, Janus-Action Films, Level Four Films, Madman Cinema, MK2, National Film and Sound Archive, Pathe Renn, Potential Films, Sharmill Films, StudioCanal, Twentieth Century Fox, UGC International.

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ma mère (my mother)

Honore's provocative film is based on the novel by Georges Bataille.

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la dentellière (the lacemaker)

Huppert garnered a Best Newcomer BAFTA for this breakout role, early (and prescient) intimation of a great talent in the making. 

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sauve qui peut (la vie) (slow motion)

Three disparate souls cross paths in Godard's wry yet beguilingly lyrical rumination on the notion of selling oneself.

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Nelly (Huppert) is married to a hapless advertising exec whose attempts to rein her in only deepen her resolve to skulk away with gadabout, Loulou.

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coup de foudre (aka entre nous)

Based on an autobiographical novel by director Diane Kurys, the film re-teams Huppert with the under-rated Marchand, her co-star in Loulou.

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Huppert travelled to Australia to take up the role of Colo, a Frenchwoman in exile from a stifling marriage.

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la séparation (the separation)

Huppert gives nuanced expression to the uncertainties and compulsions of a woman who suffers (and inflicts suffering) by her own hand.

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merci pour le chocolat (nightcap)

In his seventh on-screen collaboration with Huppert, Chabrol explores the nature of perversity, good and evil within the domain of family.

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une affaire des femmes (story of women)

The Venice Film Festival awarded Huppert the Volpi Cup for Best Actress for her role in this film.

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madame bovary

Huppert's Emma Bovary is at once coquettish, exasperating, pitiless and ultimately deeply affecting.

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le temps du loup (time of the wolf)

A sudden act of violence ruptures every moral certitude Anne (Huppert) and her two children have taken for granted in their middle class lives.

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Huppert approached self-confessed Godard aficionado, Hal Hartley, who jumped at the chance to cast her in one of his deadpan, absurdist films.

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la pianiste (the piano teacher)

Huppert gives an audacious performance as a respected piano teacher whose intellectual rigour masks a predilection for destructive sexual compulsions.

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i heart huckabees

Albert Markovski (Marie Antoinette) is an acutely angst-ridden environmental activist railing against corporate greed.

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michael cimino's heaven's gate

Cimino's monumentally staged western screens as the restored 225 minute director's cut in glorious Panavision.

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Mazuy's lavishly staged drama takes its title from a boarding school founded in the seventeenth century by Louis the XIV's mistress.

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8 femmes (8 women)

Huppert is cast as prim horn-rimmed spinster Augustine, but holds her own in the glamour stakes before the film's denouement.

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la vie promise (the promised life)

Huppert is a streetwalker, plying her trade in Nice. Her teenage daughter ditches foster care, determined to restore a bond with her mother.

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la cérémonie (the ceremony)

For her fifth screen collaboration with Claude Chabrol, The Venice Film Festival awarded Huppert the Volpi Cup for Best Actress.

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comedie de l'innocence

A nine year old boy disturbs the subdued atmosphere of a birthday celebration by announcing that his 'real' mother lives elsewhere.

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Isabelle Huppert: Woman of Many Faces

An exhibition of photographic portraits of the iconic French actress by leading international photographers.

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