Isabelle Huppert looks back on her career choices and her love of cinema
New Europe spoke in Venice with iconic French Oscar-nominated actress Isabelle Huppert, who recently starred in political drama The promises through Thomas Kruithof, which was screened in the Orizzonti section as the opening film.
New Europe (NE): You’ve had a really long history and you’ve been described as one of the best actresses in the world, what is it that you still love so much about acting and the world of cinema?
Isabelle Huppert (IH): Is there really something you cannot like about cinema? Personally, I like to play because it always makes me feel a new emotions for every role I play. I try to test myself continuously. In addition, I like having the opportunity to meet many other talented actors and directors with whom I share this passion for cinema.
BORN : Has your work been affected by the VSovid-19 pandemic? If so, how?
IH: To be honest, my work was not hampered by the pandemic. We were only able to take the pictures that we had to take while respecting the different protocols. As for having the possibility of going to the cinema or To the theater, on the other hand, I continued to go there as often as possible. I don’t really like watching TV, but when it comes to streaming I’m not against it. If I had toTo making a film intended to be broadcast, that would suit me.
BORN : At the end of the film, what do you think your character will decide to do?
HI: The director created an open ending so we don’t know. There is an air of mystery around my character, which is what makes her particularly fascinating. It is not possible to put my character in a category so even huh life decisions are neither predictable nor obvious.
BORN : How did your character react to the possibility of becoming a minister?
HI: My character was at the end of her political career, but this possibility (of being a minister) rekindles her ambition and also a sense of revenge towards those who had hindered her until then. My character, in a way, gives up huh integrity to meet huh professional development.
BORN : Is there a clear line between ambition and integrity?
IH: The film clearly reveals that there is no clear line between those who stick to their integrity and those who stake everything on ambition. In the movie, you see bad people doing good things and good people doing bad things. It all depends on the circumstances. There is no real escape from human nature.
BORN : Your character represents a woman of power, how do you think she is perceived? Have you been inspired by someone to perform it?
HI: Even if we do not often see women with this type of power, in this small town in the province of Paris, She is the mayor and her the assistant is a Young man. I was not inspired by any particular politician, I followed the politicians of my country and I remembered some of their ways of behaving, of dressing and of some of their attitudes. Ultimately, she does not abuse his power, but she still looking for an agreement to keep the promises she made in the mandate.
BORN : Where was the film shot?
HI: Much of the film was shot in the studio, but some scenes were shot in buildings that need to be renovated. In this case, it was not easy to see how much poverty there can be on the outskirts of Paris.
BORN : What are the next projects that you have to come?
HI: My next project is called The Shadow of Caravaggio; it will be a film about the life of this wonderful artist. My daughter Lolita Chammah will also star in the movie and we will shoot it in Italy and me only I am excited to begin.
BORN : Do do you remember how it was at the start of your career?
HI: My career started in the theater, and I studied theater. I remember playing was always spontaneous for me and it still is. Each movie introduces me to a new role and I can live many different lives. Taking action is a very personal thing. In the theater, it was more difficult for me because there were a lot more rules due to tradition, but the cinema gave me the freedom I was looking for.
BORN : Have you ever said yes to a director without reading a script?
HI: No, to be honest, I can’t say yes to a job if I don’t know a little bit about the script. To decide, it is important to know what kind of role you are going to play.
BORN : What’s the last song you heard and what do you like to listen to?
HI: This is a very nice question. Lately, I have been totally in love with the song of a young French artist called Pomme and I often listen to Grandiose. One of my favorite songs that I listen to often is called What luck by John Prine. I generally like to listen to music, but classical music makes me sad, so I don’t listen to it often. I also like having moments of silence, sometimes the music makes you feel too numerous emotions and you don’t always want have to do with them.