Magazine article Variety

Huppert Talks Female Directors

Magazine article Variety

Huppert Talks Female Directors

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GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER Isabelle Huppert, in Cannes with two films (Michael Haneke's "Happy End" and Hong Sangsoo's "Claire's Camera"), participated in a candid talk as part of Kering's Woman in Motion program on Friday at the Majestic Hotel.

During her one-on-one discussion with UniFrance's managing director Isabelle Giordano, Huppert, who was in high spirits, discussed her recent travels in Hollywood during the awards season and her encounter with many powerful actresses, who showed her great affection and admiration.

"It's tougher for American women filmmakers to make films and exist in that industry, and they seem to be challenging the barriers with more force, obsession and determination than in France," she said.

Huppert talked about the difference between films directed by men and women, and said she felt movies directed by male helmers tend to be more conventional than their female counterparts.

"I think women often make films that are more personal and tend to venture offthe tried-and-tested path, which allows them to be more free, whereas men tend to be on a sort of freeway," said Huppert, adding with a laugh that, "We're often more free [and flexible] when we're on a side street than on an freeway."

The French actress argued women directors, especially in the States, don't have the opportunities to work certain types of films - presumably like bigger- budgeted action or genre movies. …

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