By Simon Dang | The Playlist August 2, 2012 at 10:42AM
Always a favorite of ours, French actress Isabelle Huppert has taken things to the next level this year, juggling a handful of arthouse/festival flicks from filmmakers such as Hong Sang-Soo, Brilliante Mendoza and Michael Haneke, with upcoming roles in more mainstream efforts such as that in "Dead Man Down" opposite Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace, David Gordon Green's upcoming "Suspiria" remake, and two-parter "The Disappearnce Of Eleanor Rigby" with Jessica Chastain.
Falling under the first category of Huppert's recent choices is the actress' teaming with Italian helmer Marco Bellocchio ("Vincere," "Fists In The Pocket") on "Dormant Beauty," which now has a teaser trailer on the eve of its appearance at the Lido later this month. The film also stars Toni Servillo ("Il Divo"), Alba Rohwacher ("I Am Love"), Michele Riondino and Pier Giorgio Bellocchio, and is inspired by the controversial true story of a woman named Eluana Englaro who spurred the euthanasia debate in Italy in 2009. Here's the full synopsis:
Italy is cleaved by Eluana Englaro’s drama, who will die after 17 years spent in a vegetative state. This national tragedy will touch and transform various characters, each of them with their own ideology and beliefs. A senator is struggling with his vote on a law he profoundly disagrees with, torn between his conscience and his loyalty towards the leaders of his party. His daughter Maria, a pro-life activist, is protesting in front of the clinic where Eluana is hospitalized. Roberto and his brother are there in opposition, demonstrating for stronger secular values — yet it is with Roberto, the “enemy” that Maria falls in love. These and other converging stories are connected by a unique emotional thread: a reflection on the meaning of life.
"Dormant Beauty" will also make an appearance in Toronto after premiering in Venice. [via TheFilmStage]