Isabelle Huppert In Conversation

In 2011 Isabelle Huppert was awarded the BFI's highest honour, its Fellowship, which acknowledges significant contributions to film and television culture. To mark the occasion, the French actor took to the BFI Southbank stage with the Head of Film Programme, Geoff Andrew, to discuss her method and her remarkable body of work. Over the course of the onstage interview, Huppert touches on some of her most lauded roles and collaborations, recalling being courted by Michael Haneke for Funny Games, while playing Mary Queen of Scots at the National Theatre. Huppert also describes her lengthy and close professional relationship with Claude Chabrol, with whom she collaborated frequently - he offered her total accpetance and the freedom to explore all aspects of her characters. She emphasises the importance she has always placed on working outside of her native France, escaping physical and figurative boundaries and expectations, and explains that for her, acting is imagination.


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