Visiting Cuba for the first time, the famous French film star Isabelle Huppert heads up her country’s delegation to Havana’s 15th French Film Festival, with a retrospective of her films being shown parallel to the festival.
Visiting Cuba for the first time, the famous French film star Isabelle Huppert heads up her country’s delegation to Havana’s 15th French Film Festival, with a retrospective of her films being shown parallel to the festival as a tribute to her outstanding film career.
Just like any other moviegoer, she comes frequently to the Chaplin Movie Theater, one of the venues of the festival, an event that each day attracts hundreds of Cuban movie lovers who enjoy the films that make up the new edition of one of the island’s most popular film events.
In statements to press, the winner of the César Award for Best Actress with the film La Cérémonie (1994) talked about her successful career and impressions of the Havana public, whom she called extraordinary.
“I feel honored to be able to present my films in Cuba and be in direct contact with the public. Before coming they told me the Cuban public was very enthusiastic about French films, and once here, I can say that this is one of the festivals I’ve attended that draws the most assistance,” noted Huppert.
Referring to the greatest challenges she has faced in the seventh art, she said: “Acting has never been difficult for me, so it’s quite hard for me to establish a hierarchy among all the films in which I’ve participated.
“I have no method in particular when I have to play a character. It all depends on the meeting with the director. I form an opinion from the director not the role, because what matters to me is the subjectivity of the story, and how the director allows me grasp his vision.”
About her most recent film performance (In Another Country by Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-Soo), Isabelle stated: “All of a sudden I found myself alone in a small city in that Asian country, with a very small crew and without script. It doesn’t matter how a film is made, there’s always something in common about doing it.”
Nine of her many films form part of the retrospective tribute shown during the festival: Loulou (1980), Sauve qui peut (Every Man for Himself, 1980), Coup de torchon (1981), Une Affaire de Femmes (Story of Women, 1988), Madame Bovary (1991), La Cérémonie (1995), Les destinées sentimentales (Sentimental Destinies, 2000), La Pianiste (The Piano teacher, 2001), and Les soeurs fâchées, (2004).
Isabelle Huppert (1953) is recognized as one of the most celebrated actresses of France and the world, and has received important awards from the European Academy, as well as various prizes at the international festivals of Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Montreal, Karlovy Vary, Moscow, and San Sebastián.
Also as part of the Havana Festival’s program was the inauguration in the foyer of the Chaplin Movie Theater of the exhibition Retratos de Isabelle, which includes 17 photos of the renowned French actress. This display forms part of a 120 piece collection that has been exhibited in Paris, New York, Rome, Berlin, London, Madrid, Tokyo, Moscow and other cities since 2006.
Translated by Dayamí Interián García
Revised by CF Ray