Over the course of an illustrious five-decade career, Isabelle Huppert has become one of world cinema’s most formidable performers, renowned for her fearless intensity as well as for her considerable versatility. A banner year for the actor—including an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe win for her role in Paul Verhoeven’s provocative psychodrama Elle—comes to a close with two of her latest projects, Michael Haneke’s caustic family saga Happy End and Serge Bozon’s eccentric farce Mrs. Hyde, wrapping up international festival runs. (The former is due out in select theaters December 22.) Last month, when she was in town for the New York Film Festival, Huppert took some time out to visit our film closet, where the screen legend gave charming voice to her love for Nicolas Roeg’s Bad Timing and Pierre Etaix’s Yoyo, and shared fond reminiscences of directors Federico Fellini and Curtis Hanson.
Euzhan Palcy’s Closet Picks
The trailblazing director of A Dry White Season reminisces about her childhood love of Hitchcock, the kindness that François Truffaut showed her, and a Brazilian classic that changed her life.
That One Time Five Comics Raided Our Closet
Things got a little hectic (and hilarious) when New York comedians Jaboukie Young-White, Lorelei Ramirez, Fumi Abe, Nore Davis, and Tomas Delgado visited the Criterion offices.