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"For Me, There Was No Character": Isabelle Huppert Discusses The Making Of Brillante Mendoza's 'Captive'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 16, 2012 2:06 PM
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Few actresses are quite as fearless as Isabelle Huppert. She's been a near-legend for going on forty years, but has never taken a paycheck job, preferring to seek out challenging work with some of international cinema's most uncompromising auteurs. And that's embodied neatly in "Captive," her collaboration with Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendoza, which just premiered at the Berlin Film Festival.

Berlinale 2012 Review: Brillante Mendoza Takes Us All 'Captive' In Vital, Bruising Kidnap Tale

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 15, 2012 11:04 AM
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Recipient of one of the more controversial Cannes Best Director awards of recent memory (for "Kinatay," a film we found problematic, to say the least) Filipino director Brillante Mendoza returns to screens and to the festival circuit with "Captive," which marks, if not a departure from his previous style, then a welcome evolution of it. Based on real events, it is an account, by turns thrilling, moving, and harrowing, of the kidnapping ordeal of a group of holidaymakers from a resort in the Philippines; an ordeal which lasts over a year for some.

Watch: 3 Clips From Brillante Mendoza's Hostage-Thriller 'Captive' Starring Isabelle Huppert

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 13, 2012 11:02 AM
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Festival scene regular Brillante Mendoza is certainly a divisive filmmaker with his shaky-cam, documentary-like sensibilities. Like Hong Sang-soo has evidently uncovered, if you're a filmmaker who frequents Cannes with success, you're likely to catch the eyes of French-thesp Isabelle Huppert who's starring in the helmer's latest effort, "Captive."

Isabelle Huppert To Play Three Different Characters Named Anne In Hong Sang-soo's 'In Another Country'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 9, 2012 12:39 PM
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We recently got our first look at Isabelle Huppert in her forthcoming effort with Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo in "In Another Country," but with the unveiling of a more in depth synopsis, it now looks like Hong has made the most of having such a renowned thespian at his disposal.

Raul Ruiz's Widow Takes Over His Film 'The Lines Of Wellington' Starring John Malkovich, Catherine Deneuve & Isabelle Huppert

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2012 2:37 PM
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Last summer, the cinema world lost the great, prolific and distinctive filmmaker Raul Ruiz. Probably best known to contemporary audiences for "The Mysteries Of Lisbon," the Cannes winner has in the middle of preparations for his next film, "The Lines Of Wellington," which was set to center around the Battle Of Bussaco in 1810 and the French invasion of Portugal. Well, fans will be relieved to know the movie is still happening.

First Look At Isabelle Huppert In Brillante Mendoza's 'Captured'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2012 1:04 PM
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It was about a year ago that speculation first cropped up that controversial helmer Brillante Mendoza -- who won a divisive Best Director award at Cannes for his audience-splitting "Kinatay" -- would return to the Croisette with his latest effort, "Captured." The film was apparently in post-production and headed to the finish line...and then word went quiet.

First Look At Isabelle Huppert In Hong Sang Soo's 'In Another Country,' Being Prepped For Cannes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 2, 2012 12:54 PM
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While Berlin gears up to take place in about a week, with SXSW following next month, all eyes are on Cannes in May. Over the next couple of months, rumor, speculation and, eventually, official confirmation will arrive about who will be making the trek to the Croisette. Walter Salles' "On The Road" was the first movie this year to get the ball rolling on the possibility of a red carpet appearance, and now a Korean auteur looks primed to make his way back to France.

'Fat Girl' Director Catherine Breillat Teams With Isabelle Huppert For Autobiographical 'Abus De Faiblesse'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 12, 2012 12:40 PM
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There can be few actresses as uncompromising as Isabelle Huppert. The French star has, across a forty year career, consistently sought out tough roles from international auteurs, while even her rare American appearances have, aside from a WTF appearance on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," tended to be in difficult, flawed pictures like "Heaven's Gate" and "I Heart Huckabees."

Marrakech Film Festival '11: Jessica Chastain On Cannes, Overcoming Shyness And Wanting Isabelle Huppert's Career

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 18, 2011 2:25 PM
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Jessica Chastain has not had a normal year. Not so much breaking through as invading and colonizing multiplexes and arthouse theaters alike (we’ll have more on this in a special end-of-year piece coming soon), when we spoke to her during the Marrakech International Film Festival, she was nonetheless able to identify one defining experience amidst it all: the Cannes red carpet.

Isabelle Huppert Teaming With South Korean Director Hong Sang-Soo For Mysterious Project

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 10, 2011 12:45 PM
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After talking up hopes of collaborating with some the South Korea's finest helmers during a trip to that country earlier this year, it looks like Gallic actress Isabelle Huppert has followed through with her word, now teaming with the prolific Hong Sang-soo for an mysterious, untitled project.

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