Isabelle Huppert and Catherine Deneuve in Hong Kong - A week of celebrations [fr]
To celebrate the Sino-French relations, the Peninsula hosts Sunday evening a dinner around Catherine Deneuve, and filmmakers Wong Kar-Wai and Johnnie To.
Catherine Deneuve with Consul General, Arnaud Barthélémy and Dr.Wilfred Wong.
Last Thursday, Isabelle Huppert was in Macau for the Asian Film Awards, to present Best Film won by Wong Kar Wai for "The Grandmaster". She also received from the Academy a award; inducting
her First Honorary Member of the AFA Academy.
Isabelle Huppert with Yasushi Shiina, director of Tokyo International Film Festival, Korean actress Jeon Do-yeon, Lee Yong-kwan, director of Busan International Film Festival and Dr. Wilfred Wong.
In the framework of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-French relations, the Consulate General of France in partnership with the Hong Kong International Film Festival greets at the Peninsula Hotel, Isabelle Huppert and many Asian cinema personalities.
Isabelle Huppert in compagny of Dr.Wilfred Wong, HKIFF Chairman and Arnaud Barthélémy, Consul General of France.
From left to right: Edmond Pang, Anthony Chen, Brillante Mendoza, Dr.Wilfred Wong, Isabelle Huppert, Agnès b., Arnaud Barthélémy, Fruit Chan and Yim Ho.
Isabelle Huppert is attending the 38th edition of the Hong Kong International Film Festival, to present her last film Abuse Of Weakness by Catherine Breillat (The Last Mistress, Sex Is Comedy, Fat Girl ) with Kool Shen, Christophe Sermet and Laurence Ursino.
Wednesday, March 26 at 7:45pm @The Grand Cinema with a post screening talk with the actress
Thursday, March 27 at 9:45pm @The Metroplex
One morning, Maud, a film director, wakes up in a body half alive / half paralyzed. Vilko, a famous celebrity, arrogant and magnetic, fills with his presence the TV screen Maud is watching that night: he is her new actor. They meet the day after and he will never leave her again. Vilko takes advantage of her fragile state and embezzles her of huge amounts of money.
The festival is also presenting three of her major films :
- The Piano Teacher by Michael Haneke with Annie Girardot and Benoit Magimel (2001).
Saturday, March 29 at 7:15pm @ UA Langham Place
Erika Kohut, is a piano teacher at the Vienna Conservatory. She lives in close quarters with her mother, and to escape from the elder woman’s tyranny, she secretly hangs out at porn movie-houses and peep-shows. Her sex life consists of a morbid voyeurism and masochistic self-mutilation. Erika isn’t connected to life. Until the day that one of her students gets it into his head to seduce her…
Grand Prix, Best Actress for Isabelle Huppert and Best Actor for Benoît Magimel at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival ; 2002 César’s Award for Best Supporting Actress for Annie Girardot.
- Story of Women by Claude Chabrol with François Cluzet and Marie Trintignant (1988).
Friday march 28 at 7:30pm @ UA Langham Place
During World War II, in occupied France, a woman of limited schooling raises two children in a ratty flat. She is Marie Latour. In 1941, her husband Paul returns from the front, too weak to hold a job. Marie discovers she can make money performing abortions, using a soapy water douche. Many of her clients are knocked up by occupying Germans. She buys better food and clothes, looks for a new flat, and, through an acquaintance who is a prostitute, rents out her bedrooms to hookers during the day. She’s indifferent to Paul; his humiliations grow as does her income. She hopes to be a singer. Male Vichy umbrage and moral hypocrisy may upend her. What is she thinking?
Best Actress for Isabelle Huppert at the 1988 Venice Film Festival de Venise.
- The Lacemaker by Claude Goretta with Yves Beneyton, Florence Giorgetti and Sabine Azéma (1977).
Thursday march 27 at 7:30pm @ UA Langham Place
Pomme, an apprentice hairdresser, dreaming of becoming a beautician one day, is a quiet, fragile, reserved young woman. One day, she meets the literature student François, a middle-class intellectual. François becomes her first lover, but their intellectual and class differences get in the way of their happiness.
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival.
Information and ticketing : http://www.hkiff.org.hk/