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ISABELLE HUPPERT (Valentine) is a highly acclaimed actress who has received many critical accolades and awards in both her native France and throughout the world. No actress has had more films screen as part of the Cannes Film Festival official competition (18) and Huppert is one of only four nominees to win the festival's Best Actress Award twice (for Violette and The Piano Teacher). She has been nominated 13 times for France's CĂ©sar Award and won Best Actress for La Ceremonie (The Ceremony).
Huppert appears in Michael Haneke's Best Picture nominee Amour, opposite Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, which won Best Film at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. She will next be seen in the forthcoming releases Abus de faiblesse, La religieuse, Tip Top, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers.
Huppert has worked on more than 60 films, including many with distinguished filmmakers such as Claude Chabrol, Joseph Losey, Diane Kurys, Bertrand Tavernier, Benoit Jacquot, Claire Denis, Brillante Mendoza, Michael Cimino, Marco Ferreri, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Werner Schroeter, Olivier Dahan, Patrice Chereau, Hong Sang Soo and Marco Belocchio.
Additional film credits include Dormant Beauty, In Another Country, Captive, My Worst Nightmare, My Little Princess, Special Treatment, Copacabana, Gabrielle, Ma Mere, 8 Women, White Material, The School of Flesh, La Separation, Madame Bovary, Entre Nous, La Truite, Coup de Torchon, The Judge and the Assassin and Aloise.
Huppert was born in Paris but spent her childhood in Ville d'Avray. Encouraged by her mother (who was a teacher of English), she attended the Conservatory of Versailles and won an acting prize for her work in Alfred de Musset's "Un Caprice." She then studied at the Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique, which led to an illustrious theatrical career with much-lauded performances in stage productions such as Ivan Turgenev's "A Month in the Country," Euripides' "Medea," Virginia Woolf's "Orlando," Heiner Mueller's "Quartet" and Henrik Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler."
Huppert soon became one of the top actresses of her generation, giving critically acclaimed performances in important films such as Claude Goretta's The Lacemaker, as a simple-minded girl who falls in love with and is betrayed by a student; Jean-Luc Godard's Every Man for Himself, as a prostitute; and Maurice Pialat's Loulou, as an upper-class woman who is physically attracted to a young vagabond.
Huppert made her U.S. film debut in Michael Cimino's controversial Heaven's Gate. She has had a productive eight-film collaboration with the legendary Claude Chabrol, including Violette, as a young woman who murders her parents; and Story of Women, in which she played an unapologetic abortionist, the last woman to be executed in France.
Huppert starred in the American productions Bedroom Window, for Curtis Hanson; Amateur, for Hal Hartley; and I Heart Huckabees, for David O. Russell.
On television Huppert recently completed work on the European miniseries "As Linhas de Torres Vedras." In 2010 she guest-starred on an episode of "Law & Order: Special Victim's Unit."
Huppert has continued to appear on stage, most recently giving a critically applauded performance in a Paris production of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire." She will soon appear in a production of Jean Genet's "Les Bonnes" with Cate Blanchett at the Sydney Theatre.
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