Isabelle Huppert in Havana’s French Film Festival
Famous French actress Isabelle Huppert received a standing ovation at the opening of the French Film Festival in Havana’s Charles Chaplin Theater.
The famous movie The artist,which has won five Oscar Awards and other international prizes throughout the world, opened the festival.
The delegation to the 15 edition of this traditional French festival in Cuba is also made up of directors Christophe Barratier (Les choristes, París 36) and Nourredine Essadi –executives of Cinémania and organizers of the event, plus actors Virginie Efira and François Xavier Demaison, who played leading roles at La chance de ma vie, one of the 27 movies being screened in the cultural meeting, which gathered some 100 thousand spectators last year.
At the opening ceremony, French ambassador to Cuba, Jean Mendelssohn, highlighted the event’s long history, which in its 15 editions, has brought more than 200 movies and 150 film professionals to the Caribbean island. He also highlighted that 1.5 million Cubans have enjoyed French films over the past 15 years.
In addition to the nine movies making up the retrospective dedicated to actress Isabelle Huppert, the French Film Festival in Cuba is scheduled to have 18 premiers, including animated films, long fiction movies and documentaries, including La nouvelle guerre des boutons, by Christophe Barratier; Le Havre, by Finish filmmaker Aki Kaurismanki and others that will delight Cuban movie goers.