As previously announced, ACMI is screening a Focus on Isabelle Huppert from June 29 to July 10, and includes 20 of the 75 or so films that Huppert has appeared in. Sydney gets a shortened program at The Chauvel Cinema which is screening "over 10" titles between July 12 - 18, though program information on their website is a little scant. After Melbourne, the program travels to Brisbane where 19 titles will be screened, though some of them are different to the Melbourne program. The Brisbane opening is on July 13, with the sensational Nue propriété (Private Property, Joachim Lafosse, 2006), my favourite film at this year's French Film Festival and runs to August 2. Nue propriété is not screening in Melbourne.
As I have previously mentioned, I am very excited about this retrospective. It is screening the types of films I try to distill from the films on offer at each year's French Film Festival (many of which are middle-of-the-road crowd-pleasers that I have little interest in). The French Film Festival is my favourite festival other than MIFF, but this Huppert retrospective seems like a much better standard of films than the overall standard of MIFF (which I find needs much planning and research to avoid the 'duds').
A rumour surfaced today that Ms. Huppert herself may be making an appearance as part of the touring retrospective, which has been organised by the French Embassy (they are importing the prints) and Alliance Française. Intrigued at this piece of information, I phoned my media contact at ACMI, who confirmed she had heard the 'whispers' but couldn't confirm. I was told that Ms. Huppert is very busy and currently involved in a play but may make a short appearance, if possible. I also contacted a very helfpful Françoise Libotte at Alliance Française who confirmed that the French Embassy is indeed trying to arrange a visit, and that Ms. Huppert is also keen to come, but that "until the ticket has been booked, nothing is confirmed".
I have compiled a few quotes attributed to Ms. Huppert that are as interesting as the role she plays and will post some of them soon. It would be a great addition to the Huppert retrospective to hear from the artist herself about her approach to her work and about her experiences with some of the world's most renowned directors and fellow actors.
My original contact conjectured that a visit would be to Sydney whereas Ms. Libotte seemed to think a visit would be to Melbourne. I have been assured that information will be provided as it comes to hand. Stay tuned.
|Thu July 12||6.30pm||Opening night drinks|
|Fri July 13||7.00pm||Lou Lou|
|9.00pm||Coup de foudre|
|Sat July 14||4.00pm||Saint-Cyr|
|6.30pm||Coup de torchon|
|Sun July 15||2.00pm||La dentelliere|
|4.30pm||Sauve qui peut (la vie)|
|6.30pm||Comedie de l'innocence|
|Mon July 16||6.30pm||Madame Bovary|
|Tues July 17||7.00pm||La vie promise|
|Wed July 18||6.30pm||La pianiste|
* or download the more detailed PDF as kindly provided by Trent below (in comments)