2017 has been a successful year for actress Isabelle Huppert. Her role in Paul Verhoeven's film 'Elle' earned her the César for Best Actress, a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2017. To celebrate we are offering a selection of her greatest films showing Sunday evenings starting 27th August. So enjoy or re-discover some of the career-defining films of this world famous French cinema icon – Isabelle Huppert.
The career of Isabelle Huppert is extensive and impressive. In 1972, the Paris-born actress appeared on the big screen for the first time. However, it was another five years before she achieved fame in her break out role in the film 'La Dentellière'. It is unsurprising that this beautiful and internationally renowned French actress has already received many international awards, including a former César for Best Actress for her role in 'La Cérémonie' by Claude Chabrol, twice Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival, a Silver Bear The Berlinale, two Coppa Volpi at the Venice Film Festival (Mostra) and a BAFTA in the UK.
See below for our selection of five films showing on Sunday evenings, starting with movie 'Loulou' with co-star Gérard Depardieu and 'La Truite' with the recently deceased actress Jeanne Moreau.
All times listed below are UK times (GMT)
Sunday 27th August at 8pm
Thrown out by her husband, Nelly moves in with Loulou, a young loser and ex-con she's become infatuated with. She quickly gets pregnant, but Loulou continues to lead the same marginal lifestyle. Hurt by his attitude, Nelly decides not to keep the child.
Director: Maurice Pialat (France, 1980)
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Gérard Depardieu, Guy Marchand
Awards: Cannes Festival selection, 1980, nominated for the Césars 1981
LES SOEURS BRONTË
Sunday 3rd Sept at 8pm
In 19th-century England, the Brontë sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne, live on the Yorkshire moors with their clergyman father and their brother Branwell, an impetuous and passionate painter and writer. They stave off boredom by writing, a discipline in which they display great promise.
Directed by: André Téchiné (France, 1979)
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Isabelle Adjani, Marie-France Pisier
Music: Philippe Sarde
Awards: nominations (Cannes 1979, César 1980)
1870s Russia. A group of mystical nihilists have decided to overthrow the old order. Led by their leader Pyotr, they pledge unswerving allegiance to the tenebrous Stavrogin, a decadent and fanatical aristocrat. Blinded by hatred, these demons unleash a reign of terror on their town.
Directed by: Andrzej Wadja (France, 1987)
Inspired by the book by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Philippe Ecoffey
Sunday 17th Sept at 8pm
A seductive but elusive woman, Frédérique has vowed to get everything she wants from men while never giving anything in return. Married to Galuchat, with whom she has an asexual relationship, one evening she meets two businessmen, Rambert and Saint-Genis. Both are immediately fascinated by Frédérique's alluring innocence.
Directed by: Joseph Losey (France, 1982)
Screenplay: Monique Lange, Joseph Losey, based on the novel by Roger Vailland
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Jeanne Moreau, Jean-Pierre Cassel
Awards: César 1983 for Best cinematography (Henri Alekan)
Sunday 24th Sept at 10pm
Eight years ago, Vic married Mélanie, a woman much younger than himself. Their love gradually became a dangerous passion. Mélanie enjoys being seen with her lovers and readily brings them home. Vic warns her: he'll kill anyone who gets too close...
Directed by: Michel Deville (France, 1981)
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Marie Trintignant
Laurent Delahouse will be interviewing the French President Emmanuel Macron, this Sunday 17th December. The interview will be broadcast in a news report from France 2 and will be shown on TV5MONDE Europe at 7:30pm (UK time GMT).
The 25th French Film Festival UK offers a rich programme of films to enjoy, involving leading independent cinemas around the country from Glasgow and Edinburgh to London, from Inverness to Dundee and Belfast, from Warwick and Leicester to Chichester and Bristol, plus many more places in between watch the crème de la crème of contemporary and classic French-speaking cinema from 2 Nov to 17 Dec 2017. See what's on where here