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“Farewell, My Queen” director Benoit Jacquot is preparing “Mr. Casanova,” a film about the life of Giacomo Casanova, the famed Italian libertine, adventurer and author, who will be played by French star Vincent Lindon.
Lindon, who won a prize in Cannes for his role in Stephane Brize’s “The Measure of a Man” and served on Cannes’ jury last year, last worked with Jacquot on “Diary of a Chambermaid,” which competed in Berlin in 2015.
Written by Jacquot, Chantal Thomas and Jerome Beaujour (“The Nun”), the film centers on Casanova’s life in exile in London at the age of 45 and will shed light on his unrequited passion for a 25 year-old woman, the first and only who ever resisted him, Larsen said.
Thomas, an expert on Casanova, wrote the novel “Casanova, Un voyage libertin” in the 1980s. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Call it the battle of two Meryls. In one corner, there's the record-breaking queen of American cinema, Meryl Streep. Her opponent? The so-called "Meryl Streep of France," Isabelle Huppert. And on Feb. 26, the two will battle it out for the Best Actress honor at the 89th annual Academy Awards. But who is Isabelle Huppert, and how did she seemingly become an overnight film sensation in her 60s? (Spoiler alert: there was nothing "overnight" about it.) Here are eight things you need to know about the actress. She's been in the acting game for a long time. Although the current buzz around Huppert is regarding her Oscar nominated turn in Elle as a businesswoman on the hunt for her rapist, the 63-year old made her silver screen debut 40 years ago, starring in the French film, La Dentellière. You might be saying her name wrong. Fight the urge to rely on American English phonetics. »
- Michelle Konstantinovsky
The pair were snapped together at the Giorgio Armani Prive Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2017 show following the Oscar nominees announcement.
Exclusive: Isabelle Huppert Reacts to ‘Miracle’ Oscar Nomination
While Huppert was looking radiant in a shiny gray suit, Kidman went all-black for the occasion, accessorizing with a chunky blue-and-pink bangle, ring and earrings.
The 49-year-old Australian native received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her part in Lion.
“[I feel] incredibly honored and so happy for the film to have received such an acknowledgement, so many awards,” Kidman told reporters, following the announcement.
Asked whether such an accolade was still exciting given that it’s the fourth time she has received a nomination, Kidman laughed “more.”
“The strangest thing is the older I get, the more exciting »
The Elle star, a prolific actress in her own right with 15 César Award nominations, is the most-nominated actress for the French equivalent of the Academy Awards. Now, Huppert has earned her first Oscar nomination. Shortly after the big announcement, she got on the phone with Et to reveal how she reacted to the news and how she felt about competing against Streep (the Isabelle Huppert of America?) for Best Actress.
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Et: You've only had a small bit of time to process the nomination now, but how are you feeling?
Huppert: Oh, I feel great. I just feel great. What else can I say? Nothing better could happen to me today. It's just amazing. It's amazing for me, it's amazing for the film, it's amazing for [director] Paul Verhoeven. It's just incredible »
What for American satirist Jeff Baena (“Life After Beth,” “Joshy”) must have felt like a radically innovative idea — take a medieval piece of literature, such as Giovanni Boccaccio’s “The Decameron,” and recreate it with an irreverent modern sensibility — is in fact a strategy that Euro auteurs have been doing for decades. Not that a somewhat overinflated sense of novelty makes Baena’s twisted nuns-gone-wild comedy “The Little Hours” any less entertaining.
Only the most ascetic of filmmakers sets out to create a starchy period piece about naïve maidens pining away in airless old castles. The trouble is that even when such racy directors as Benoit Jacquot and Catherine Breillat attempt to modernize such material, between the subtitles and cultural differences, too much is lost in translation. “The Little Hours” is, then, a medieval convent comedy for the megaplex crowd, one that dispenses with the notion of nuns as prim-and-proper »
- Peter Debruge
16 January 2017 4:57 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Golden Globe best actress winner Isabelle Huppert added the French Film Award to her trophy cabinet during a ceremony Monday night at the French culture ministry.
Huppert — who was said to have just returned from Los Angeles on Monday morning with her Elle trophy safely stored in her suitcase — accepted the honor from film-promotion body UniFrance. The award is fairly new and coincides with the film body’s French film festival and market.
- Rhonda Richford
Paris– Isabelle Huppert, who just won a Golden Globe for a critically-aclaimed performance in Elle Verhoeven’s “Elle,” received today UniFrance’s French Cinema Award during a star-studded ceremony held at France’s Culture Ministry.
Hosted by Audrey Azoulay, the culture and communication minister, Jean-Paul Salomé, the president of UniFrance, and Isabelle Giordano, the ceremony brought together more than 12 filmmakers who came on stage to celebrate the iconic actress.
Among the attendees were Anne Fontaine, Mia Hansen-Løve, Éva Ionesco, Guillaume Nicloux, Marc Fitoussi, Serge Bozon, Benoit Jacquot, Diane Kurys, François Ozon, as well as “Elle” producers Said Ben Said and Michel Merkt, and another well-known producer, Sylvie Pialat.
“Diversity is at the core of France’s DNA. You said it yourself a few years ago during an interview you gave to (the radio station) France Culture: “There is often this idea of American dream. I don’t have a more »
- Elsa Keslassy
After her surprise best actress win at the Golden Globes (against more obvious contenders as Natalie Portman [Jackie] and Amy Adams [Arrival], last night (16 January) it was the turn of the French to honour Paul Verhoeven’s Elle star Isabelle Huppert.
Isabelle Huppert: “Sometimes the idea of culture falls by the wayside. In France, we have a tendency to think that the values of culture are very high and we have to keep them that way.”
Just returned from Los Angeles with her Globe trophy in her suitcase, the normally serene Huppert was visibly moved by the accolade bestowed in a ceremony at the Ministry of Culture overlooking the historic Palais Royal in the heart of Paris.
The award from the legendary »
- Richard Mowe
Director: Benoit Jacquot
Several months after premiering his Don DeLillo adaptation Never Ever out of competition in Venice last September, the prolific Benoit Jacquot returns to work with Isabelle Huppert (with whom he has collaborated five times prior, including The Wings of the Dove, The School of Flesh, False Servant, Keep it Quiet, and Villa Amalia) for a remake of Joseph Losey’s 1962 film Eva, which starred Jeanne Moreau (Jacquot recently remade Bunuel’s The Diary of a Chambermaid, which also starred Moreau).
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- Nicholas Bell
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