Guests of Honour

In 2019, two guests will honor us with their presence: the French actress Isabelle Huppert our Talent Village’s ambassador this year, and the German actress Barbara Sukowa, with three films for her carte blanche.

Isabelle Huppert

Isabelle Huppert studied Russian at Langues O while studying drama at the Ecole de la rue Blanche and the Conservatoire National d'Art Dramatique, where she studied with Jean-Laurent Cochet and Antoine Vitez.

She was noticed from her first appearances in cinema for her role in Les Valseuses by Bertrand Blier, for Aloise by Liliane de Kermadec and for Le Juge et l'assassin by Bertrand Tavernier. For her performance in Claude Goretta's La Dentellière, she received the Best Newcomer Award from the British Academy of Film and Television - BAFTA. Her bonds with Claude Chabrol allow her to deal with all genres: comedy (Rien ne va plus), drama (Une affaire de femmes), film noir (Merci pour le chocolat) and literary adaptation (Madame Bovary), up to the political fiction of L'Ivresse du pouvoir. She has received several awards for her performances under the direction of Claude Chabrol: Interpretation Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for Violette Nozière, at the Venice Film Festival for Une affaire de femmes, at the Moscow Film Festival for Madame Bovary, Interpretation Prize at the Venice Film Festival and César for Best Actress for La Cérémonie.

Working with Jean-Luc Godard, André Téchiné, Maurice Pialat, Patrice Chéreau, Michael Haneke, Raoul Ruiz, Benoît Jacquot, Jacques Doillon, Claire Denis as well as Christian Vincent, Laurence Ferreira Barbosa, Olivier Assayas, François Ozon, Anne Fontaine, Eva Ionesco, Joachim Lafosse, Serge Bozon or Catherine Breillat, Guillaume Nicloux, Samuel Benchetrit. Isabelle Huppert also works with major international directors such as Michael Cimino, Joseph Losey, Otto Preminger, the Taviani brothers, Marco Ferreri, Hal Hartley, David O'Russell, Werner Schroeter and Andrzej Wajda - but also Rithy Panh, Brilliant Mendoza, Joachim Trier and Hong Sang Soo.

The Venice Film Festival awarded her a Special Golden Lion of the Jury for her performance in Patrice Chéreau's film Gabrielle and for her entire career.

Twice awarded at the Cannes Film Festival with the interpretation prize (the second time for Michael Haneke's La Pianiste), she has been member of the jury, mistress of ceremony, and President of the jury for the 62nd edition of the prestigious festival.

Parallel to cinema, Isabelle Huppert pursues her career in theatre in France and internationally: she plays under the direction of Bob Wilson (Orlando de Virginia Woolf, Quartett de Heiner Muller), Peter Zadek (Mesure pour Mesure de William Shakespeare), Claude Régy (4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane, Jeanne au bucher by Claudel); she also plays Medea by Euripides directed by Jacques Lassalle, notably at the Festival d'Avignon; Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen directed by Eric Lacascade; Le Dieu du Carnage directed by Yasmina Reza. A tramway after Tennessee Williams, directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski at the Théâtre de l'Odéon and on European and international tour. The Maids by Jean Genet directed by Benedict Andrews with Cate Blanchett at the Sydney Theatre Company and as part of the Lincoln Center Festival at the New York City Center. Les Fausses Confidences de Marivaux directed by Luc Bondy at the Théâtre de l'Odéon and on European tour. She has performed Phèdre(s) by Wajdi Mouawad, Sarah Kane, J.M. Coetzee directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski at the Théâtre de l'Odéon and on European and international tours. This year, she played in New York in Florian Zeller's American adaptation of The Mother, and in Paris where she met Bob Wilson in Mary said what she said. She is currently touring all over Europe for this play.

She recently received a Molière d'honneur for her career and the XVI Prix Europe for Theatre in Rome.

Several of her films have recently been released in cinema: L'avenir by Mia Hansen Love, Tout de suite maintenant by Pascal Bonitzer, Elle by Paul Verhoeven present at the Cannes Film Festival and Souvenir by Bavo Devurne. She has received several awards in the United States including the Gotham Award, the Golden Globe and the Spirit Award for Elle for which she is nominated for the Oscar for Best Actress. In France, she won the César for Best Actress for this performance.

Recently were released: Happy End by Michael Haneke, Eva by Benoit Jacquot, La Caméra de Claire by Hong Sang Soo and Madame Hyde by Serge Bozon, for which she received in Locarno the prize for female interpretation, Greta by Neil Jordan, Une jeunesse dorée by Eva Ionesco, Blanche comme neige by Anne Fontaine, Frankie by Ira Sachs.

Soon, she will be starring Luz by Flora Lau, and La Daronne by Jean-Paul Salomé.

Isabelle Huppert is an Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour, an Officer of the National Order of Merit and a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters.

Barbara Sukowa

Barbara Sukowa is an internationally renowned German actress. She made her debut in major German theatres before appearing on screen for the first time in Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, the filmmaker who immortalized her the following year in Lola. But it is thanks to her role in Margarethe von Trotta's Les Années de Plomb that she is revealed, receiving the prize for female interpretation in Venice. In 1986, she was awarded a prize at Cannes for her performance in Rosa Luxemburg. She also performs for a number of international filmmakers including Serge Gainsbourg, Michael Cimino, Lars Von Trier, David Cronenberg and more recently Andrew Fierberg for The Sky is Blue. In 2012, her participation in Mrs. von Trotta's Hannah Arendt won her the European Film Prize for Best Actress.

She is the main character of Filippo Meneghetti's first film Two of us (2020), presented this year in our selection of Previews.


We will have the honour of presenting three outstanding films from Barbara Sukowa's career:

- Lola (1981) by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

- Hannah Arendt (2013) by Margarethe von Trotta

- Two of us (2020) from Filippo Meneghetti

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