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.
Leslie Harris’s Closet Picks
With her groundbreaking debut film, Just Another Girl on the I.R.T., now on the Criterion Channel, the director stopped by to talk about the movies that loom large in her personal canon.