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Isabelle Huppert to Lead Next Films from Ira Sachs and Anne Fontaine

Written by on February 17, 2018 

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After giving a pair of performances among the best in her iconic career with Elle and Things to Come, Isabelle Huppert recently reteamed with Michael Haneke, Hong Sang-soo, Serge Bozon, and more. She’s now once again returning to Berlinale with Benoît Jacquot’s Eva, and while there, two more of the prolific actress’ projects have been announced.

First up, she’ll be leading the drama from Ira Sachs, who recently gave us the wonderful Love is Strange and Little Men. Titled A Family Vacation, it also stars Marisa Tomei, Greg Kinnear, Jérémie Renier and Andre Wilms, and it marks the director’s first time working outside the United States as he’ll be shooting it this fall in Portugal. Backed by Saïd Ben Saïd, it follows “three generations of a family grappling with a life-changing experience during one day of a vacation in the historic town of Sintra, Portugal.”

“I am working with some of my favorite actors in the world to tell this delicate story of a family in crisis,” Sachs tells Variety. “Some like Huppert for the first time, and others whom I have collaborated with for years. The script [co-written with Mauricio Zacharias] has a theatrical quality, in that nine lives unfold in the course of one day, and it’s wonderful to have such a nuanced, risk-taking group of actors to bring the story to life.”

Huppert is also reteaming with Anne Fontaine on her next film, the erotic comedy Pure as Snow. A humorous take on the famous Brothers Grimm’s Snow White tale, it also stars Lou de Laâge, Benoît Poelvoorde, Vincent Macaigne, Charles Berling, Jonathan Cohen, Damien Bonnard and Pablo Pauly. Huppert will be playing Maud, the evil stepmother of Claire (De Laâge) as they both work at a hotel. As Maud’s jealousy builds of Claire’s budding romance, she banishes Claire, who then happens upon seven princes. “Anne Fontaine modernized this tale and gave it a light-hearted, erotic and refined tone,” Gaumont’s Cecile Gaget tells Variety, who reveal production will kick off this spring.

A Family Vacation and Pure as Snow will likely premiere in 2019.


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