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, and Claire Denis, as well as with Christian Vincent, Diane
Kurys, Caroline Huppert, Laurence Ferreira Barbosa, Olivier Assayas, Francois
Ozon, Anne Fontaine, Eva Ionesco, Joachim Lafosse, Serge Bozon, 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, Marco Bellocchio - and,
most recently, with Rithy Panh, Brillante Mendoza, Joachim Trier, and Hong Sang
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 prestigious festival.
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), written by Wajdi Mouawad, Sarah Kane, and J. M. Coetzee and directed
by Krzysztof Warlikowski, at the Odeon
Theater, the BAM in New York this September, and on tour throughout Europe and
internationally. She recently received a Moliere honor award for her career and
the "XVI Prix Europe pour le Theatre" in Rome.
Elle, directed by Paul Verhoeven, was presented at the Cannes Film Festival.
She received several awards in the USA for her performance, such as the Gotham
Award, Golden Globe, and Independent Spirit Award; she was also nominated for
the Best Actress Oscar for her interpretation. She won the Cesar Award for Best
Actress in France for the same film.
She shot her fourth film with Michael Haneke, Happy End, which was presented
at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017.
Several other films have been recently released: Eva, directed by Benoit
Jacquot; Claire's Camera by Hong Sangsoo; and Ms. Hyde, directed by Serge Bozon
(for which she won the Best Actress Award at the Locarno Film Festival).
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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