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Kering and the Festival de Cannes: 2017 Women in Motion Award to Isabelle Huppert

For the third Women in Motion program, official partner Kering and the Festival de Cannes will present the Women in Motion Award to French actress Isabelle Huppert.

Exceptionally free-spirited and bold, Isabelle Huppert has taken many artistic risks in her career, and whilst acting with leading names, she has successfully established her own style in a variety of registers ranging from drama to comedy. She has pushed back boundaries with the strong and far-from-stereotypical roles that she has played since the early days of her career.

Whether being directed by legendary filmmakers or by a brilliant new generation of talented filmmakers, Isabelle Huppert is one of the most inspirational figures in the world of cinema.

Isabelle Huppert has in turn chosen to honour Maysaloun Hamoud by awarding her the Young Talents prize. In 2016 this young Palestinian director and scriptwriter made her first feature film, In Between (Bar Bahar), which chronicles the daily lives of three young Palestinian women living in Tel Aviv, torn between family traditions and their desire for independence. The film, which has won acclaim at festivals worldwide, was produced by Shlomi Elkabetz, whose sister, Ronit Elkabetz, the great scriptwriter, director and actress, died a year ago, leaving a lasting mark on Israeli cinema. The Young Talents Award, accompanied by funding of €50,000, will enable Maysaloun Hamoud to continue her filmmaking projects.

Isabelle Huppert and Maysaloun Hamoud thus join the ranks of notable film figures recognised by Women in Motion in previous years. In 2016, the Women in Motion Award went to American actresses Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, who played the leading roles in Thelma and Louise and who are particularly committed to defending women’s rights. They in turn chose to honour three young directors, Leyla Bouzid, Gaya Jiji and Ida Panahandeh. These five talented women follow in the footsteps of legendary actress Jane Fonda, and director Megan Ellison.

“Things evolve slowly, and never enough. Since women continue to be confronted each day with countless obstacles, I am delighted and moved to be able to shine a spotlight on the talent of one of today’s most promising female directors, Maysaloun Hamoud, through the 2017 Women in Motion Young Talents Award. The free-spirited and joyful women that she portrays, torn between their desire for emancipation and the traditions that sometimes stifle them, are true heroines of our time.” -Isabelle Huppert

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