ISABELLE HUPPERT studied Russian at Langues O, the French
National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations, while
simultaneously taking classes at the National School for Theater Arts and
Techniques, familiarly known as the Ecole de la rue Blanche, and the National
Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she was a student of Jean-Laurent Cochet and of
In film, she was first noticed for her performances in Bertrand Blier's Going
Places, in Aloise, directed by Liliane de Kermadec and in The Judge and the
Assassin by Bertrand Tavernier. Her performance in Claude Goretta's The
Lacemaker earned her the British Academy of Film and Television-BAFTA Award for
Most Promising Newcomer to Feature Films. It was her close relationship with
Claude Chabrol that allowed her to tackle a wide variety of film genres: comedy
(The Swindle), drama (Story of Women), film noir (Merci pour le chocolat),
literary adaptation (Madame Bovary), and even political fiction (Comedy of
Power). Under his direction, she received a number of awards for her film
performances: Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for Violette Noziere, at
the Venice Film Festival for Story of Women, at the Moscow International Film
Festival for Madame Bovary, and Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival and the
CEsar for Best Actress for The Ceremony.
Isabelle Huppert has worked with directors Jean-Luc Godard, Andre Techine,
Maurice Pialat, Patrice Chereau, Michael Haneke, Raoul Ruiz, Benoit Jacquot,
Jacques Doillon, Claire Denis, as well as with Christian Vincent, Laurence
Ferreira Barbosa, Olivier Assayas, Francois Ozon, Anne Fontaine, Eva Ionesco,
Joachim Lafosse, Serge Bozon or Catherine Breillat, Guillaume Nicloux and Samuel
Benchetrit. She has also worked with major international directors such as
Michael Cimino, Joseph Losey, Otto Preminger, the Taviani brothers, Marco
Ferreri, Hal Hartley, David O'Russell, Werner Schroeter, Mauro Bolognini and
Andrzej Wajda - and, most recently, with Rithy Panh, Brillante Mendoza, Joachim
Trier and Hong Sang Soo.
The Venice Film Festival gave her a Special Jury Lion d'Or for her performance
in Patrice Chereau's Gabrielle and for her entire body of work.
At the Cannes Film Festival, she twice received the Best Actress Award (the
second for Michael Haneke's The Piano Teacher), she has been a jury member and
mistress of ceremonies and was President of the Jury for the 62nd edition of the
In parallel with the cinema, Isabelle Huppert has pursued her theatrical career
in France and internationally. She has acted under the direction of Bob Wilson
(Virginia Woolf's Orlando, Heiner Muller's Quartet), of Peter Zadek
(Shakespeare's Measure for Measure), of Claude Regy, (4.48 Psychosis by Sarah
Kane, Paul Claudel's Joan of Arc at the Stake). She has also played Euripides'
Medea, directed by Jacques Lassalle, most notably at the Avignon Festival; Hedda
Gabler by Henrik Ibsen, directed by Eric Lacascade; A Streetcar, director
Krzysztof Warlikowski's spin on Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire, at
the Odeon Theater and on tour throughout Europe and internationally; The Maids
by Jean Genet directed by Benedict Andrews with Cate Blanchett at the Sydney
Theatre Company and at New York's City Center in conjunction with the Lincoln
Center Festival and Les Fausses Confidences by Marivaux directed by Luc Bondy at
the Odeon Theater and on tour throughout Europe. This season, she is playing
Phaedra(s) by Wajdi Mouawad, Sarah Kane and J. M. Coetzee, by director Krzysztof
Warlikowski at the OdEon Theater, the BAM in New York this September and on tour
throughout Europe and internationally.
Several of her films have recently been released: Things to Come by Mia Hansen
Love, Tout de suite maintenant by Pascal Bonitzer and Elle by Paul Verhoeven,
presented at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Souvenir by Bavo Devurne will be
released at the end of the year. She is currently shooting her fourth film with
Michael Haneke, Happy End.
Isabelle Huppert is an Officer of the National Order of Merit of the Legion of
Honor, and an Officer of the National Order of Merit and Commander in the Order
of Arts and Letters.
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