Isabelle Huppert Will Be Honored at Cannes Film Festival


Kering has just announced the winner of its 2017 Women in Motion Award, to be presented at the 70th Cannes Film Festival later this month. The recipient of this year’s prestigious honor is French actress Isabelle Huppert. It’s a well-deserved title, considering that since her 1971 debut, Huppert’s starred in more than 110 critically-acclaimed films and television shows.

Over the decades the actress has achieved international stardom, despite taking on only a handful of English language roles. She appeared in her first American film called Heaven’s Gate in 1980. In 2016, she was nominated for an Oscar in recognition of her role in the thriller film, Elle in which she plays a businesswoman recovering from being attacked and raped inside of her own home.

Kering inaugurated the award in 2015 to honor women with outstanding achievements in film and promote gender equality in the industry. Last year it was presented to Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, who came to Cannes to celebrate the 25th anniversary of iconic cult movie, Thelma & Louise. Each year at the festival, there are also annual panel discussions organized by Kering, aimed at giving accomplished actresses a platform to share their experiences.

In addition to the receiving the award, Huppert will appear in two films competing for the Festival’s official selection titled Happy End and Claire’s Camera respectively. The latter was actually filmed in Cannes and is the work of Korean director, Hong Sang-Soo.

Winning the award grants Huppert an opportunity to select a young director to be the recipient of a 50,000 euros prize. She’s chosen Palestinian director, Maysaloun Hamoud, who made her feature-length debut last year with a film titled, In Between. The movie focuses on the struggles of young Muslim women in Tel Aviv, navigating the constraints of Arab-Israeli tensions.

Huppert will be presented with the award at a dinner in Cannes on May 21st.


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