Isabelle Huppert might as well be crowned queen of the 2016 festival circuit. Her first film of the year, Mia Hansen-Løve‘s Things to Come, premiered at Berlin, followed by Paul Verhoeven‘s Elle at Cannes; then, at TIFF, she’ll have those two films, as well as the premiere of Bravo Defurne‘s Souvenir. But before that, she’s starring alongside Louis Garrel in Luc Bondy‘s The False Secrets, which will screen at the Locarno Film Festival this weekend.
Today we have a pair of new trailers for two of the films — first from Things to Come, which is one of our favorites of the year. As we said in our review, “While Hansen-Løve certainly deserves credit for writing such a compelling character, it’s difficult to imagine anyone realizing Nathalie as consummately as Huppert, who, even by her exceptionally high standards, pulls off a superlative performance.”
Following that, the first trailer has landed for The False Secrets, adapted from the stage play featuring much of the same cast. It tells the story of a poor young man who becomes a secretary for a rich widow and ends up falling love. Since we’re on the ground at Locarno, it’s on our radar, so check back for a review and see the trailers below.
Berlin Silver Bear winning director Mia Hansen-Løve’s fifth feature Things to Come is a tender, contemplative portrait of womanhood – and an irresistible collaboration between the filmmaker and the legendary actor Isabelle Huppert (The Piano Teacher, White Material, Amour).
Nathalie (Huppert) teaches philosophy at a Parisian high school. She is deeply passionate about her job and enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking to others. Married with two children, she divides her time between her family, former students and her eccentric mother, leading a life of personal and intellectual fulfilment. Unexpectedly, Nathalie’s husband announces he is leaving her for another woman. With an newfound freedom suddenly thrust upon her, Nathalie must reinvent herself and establish a new way of living.
Featuring a remarkable performance from Huppert, Things to Come is an intelligent, poetic and naturalistic exploration of one woman’s pursuit of happiness. Having gathered critical acclaim across the festival circuit, it certifies Hansen-Løve (Goodbye First Love, Eden) as one of the most distinguished emerging auteurs in European cinema.
Things of Come will be released by Sundance Selects in the U.S. and The False Secret premieres at Locarno Film Festival this weekend.