The film critic J. Hoberman has said that Isabelle Huppert is “possibly the most essential actor in the world.” (Essential, indeed–try imagining another actor in any of her signature roles, from “The Piano Teacher,” to several collaborations with Chabrol, and going all the way back to “Going Places.”)
A pair of new (and very different) films starring La (Super) Huppert are screening in the Main Slate during NYFF54’s final weekend. In Mia Hansen-Løve’s “Things to Come,” she’s Natalie, a middle-aged philosophy professor in Paris, realizing that her relationships and life are inexorably changing, and she responds by simply continuing on, with something akin to optimism.
Paul Verhoeven’s first film in a decade, “Elle,” stars Huppert as Michèle, the CEO of a video game company, who survives a brutal rape in her elegant house, and reacts in an unlikely way. The director infuses the proceedings with some very dark humor.
(According to IMDb, in addition to the NYFF54 selections, Huppert made eight features that will be in the theaters–at least in France–in 2016 and 2017, including new work from Michael Haneke and Serge Bozon. I’m hoping all of them cross the Atlantic.)
“Things to Come” will screen on Friday, October 14 at 6:00 pm and Saturday, October 15 at 3:00 pm. “Elle” will be shown on Friday, October 14 at 9:00 pm and Saturday, October 15 at 3:00 pm.