Volta Award Presentation and Q&A: Isabelle Huppert


In this special presentation,screen legend, Isabelle Huppert, will be awarded the Festival’s career achievement award, the Volta. Madame Huppert will be presented with the award following an‘In Conversation’ with Irish actor, writer and director Olwen Fouéré (The Tourist, The Northman, Texas Chainsaw Massacre).

Isabelle Huppert is renowned as being one of France’s hardest working and most accomplished actors whose early career saw her work with major directors Bertrand Tavernier, Claude Sautet and Bertrand Blier. She became Claude Chabrol’s muse with Violette Nozière, and worked with him on numerous occasions. Her (first) acting prize at Cannes garnered her offers from around the world, and she went on to make a series of films, some of which were quite controversial, with directors as diverse as Marco Bellochio, Marco Bolognigni,  Michael Cimino, Marco Ferreri, Liliane de Kermadec, Jean-Luc Godard, Michael Haneke, Hal Hartley, Werner Schroeter, Paul Verhoeven and many others. 

A renowned and much-admired actress, Isabelle Huppert has won numerous awards around the world, including  five Lumières Awards, a BAFTA Award, three European Film Awards, two Berlin International Film Festival, three Cannes Film Festival and three Venice Film Festival Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award nomination. 

‘’One of the finest actors of her generation, Isabelle Huppert has made an indelible impression on world cinema, her fearless performances, boundless curiosity and incredible work rate has defined modern French cinema. We relish the opportunity with our Festival audience to celebrate her career and her immense talent in presenting her with our Volta Award in person in Dublin.” Gráinne Humphreys, Festival Director

The Volta, named in honour of Ireland’s first dedicated cinema in Dublin, is one the highest accolades in Irish film, previous Volta Award recipients include Daniel Day Lewis, Al Pacino, Kristin Scott Thomas and Thierry Frémaux. 

DIFF 2024 will be screening Madame Huppert’s new film,Sidonie au Japon, directed by Elise Girard, on Wednesday 28th February. Tickets are available here

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  • INFO:Thu 29 Feb / The Lighthouse Cinema / 12:00 /