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A Night of French Short Films Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz 10361 W Pico Bvd Los Angeles, CA 90064

Pale Fire: An Isabelle Huppert Retrospective

Doc Films at the University of Chicago, in collaboration with the Institut Français and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Chicago & New York, presents a selection of 10 of Isabelle Huppert's greatest performances. Intense, lithe, and passionate, she is one of cinema’s greatest actresses. A beguiling shape-shifter, she inhabits her characters, providing them with a dense, distinctive biography and a memorable presence. This series pays tribute to her fiery performances and unforgettable screen presence.


PROGRAM

The Lacemaker (Claude Goretta, 1977)
The Lacemaker is a story of a shy young woman throttled by a fast-paced France. It was the film that solidified the stardom of Isabelle Huppert.

  • Wed, Jan 9th 7:00pm

Heaven's Gate (Michael Cimino, 1980)
Heaven's Gate spins an epic myth out of America's expansion to the west and the bloody conflicts that ensue. One of the most ambitious epics Hollywood has ever produced, this terminally misunderstood film bankrupted its studio with lavish production costs, and has been reclaimed in recent years as a masterpiece.

  • Wed, Jan 16th 7:00pm

Loulou (Maurice Pialat, 1980)
Starring two of the biggest stars that French cinema has yet produced, Loulou is a full-scale assault on the structures of bourgeois society. Pialat's naturalistic style helps their unbridled physicality burst forth, leading Andrew Sarris to declare Loulou "a masterpiece of subtlety and eroticism. Depardieu and Huppert just happen to be the sexiest couple in the history of the cinema."

  • Wed, Jan 23rd 7:00pm

Every Man for Himself (Jean-Luc Godard, 1980)
An examination of sexual relationships, in which three protagonists interact in different combinations (Isabelle Huppert, Jacques Dutronc, Nathalie Baye). After over a decade of making low-budget avant-garde films, Godard's "second first film" saw him return to the (relative) mainstream, while still exploring uncharted stylistic territory.

  • Wed, Jan 30th 7:00pm

Amateur (Hal Hartley, 1994)
Hal Hartley, an icon of American indie cinema and forerunner to Wes Anderson, brings his signature droll and deadpan style to this endlessly surprising tale of crime and sorrow in the Metropolis.

  • Wed, Feb 6th 7:00pm

I Heart Huckabees (David O. Russell, 2004)
There aren't many comedies about existentialism, and the brilliance of this movie is how it uses the form of the screwball comedy both to represent and explore existential themes.

  • Wed, Feb 13rd 7:00pm

8 Women (François Ozon, 2002)
François Ozon's star-studded pastiche of the history of cinema, 8 Women blends satire, melodrama, musical, and murder mystery with a head-spinning cast of French superstars (including Deneuve, Darrieux, and Ledoyen), and Huppert garnering special praise for her performance.

  • Wed, Feb 20th 7:00pm

White Material (Claire Denis, 2009)
This fierce drama by the great Claire Denis grapples with the lasting reverberations of European colonialism in the present day. Huppert plays the ferocious white owner of a coffee plantation in Africa, who refuses to give up her family estate even as a civil war threatens to consume it. 

  • Wed, Feb 27th 7:00pm

In Another Country (Hong Sang-soo, 2012)
A young screenwriter working by the seaside dreams up three scenarios in this vignette style film. Huppert stars as the woman in the screenwriter's imagination, and in each vignette she adopts a new role.  The Village Voice calls the film "the love child Antonioni and Hou Hsiao-hsien never had."

  • Wed, March 6th 7:00pm

Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve, 2016)
A union to cherish between a writer-director and star working at peak power, Things to Come offers quietly profound observations on life, love, and the irrevocable passage of time.

  • Wed, March 13th 7:00pm

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