Cannes: Boundary-pushing French actress ready to take on more taboos

Actress Isabelle Huppert took on a string of taboos in the Oscar-nomination rape-revenge thriller "Elle".

Cannes: Boundary-pushing French actress ready to take on more taboos
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Now she wants to push another boundary.
“I would love to play a man. For an actress that's the ultimate challenge,” the French star who admits to “reading a lot of the Marquis de Sade at the moment”, told a talk at the Cannes film festival Friday.
Huppert, who made her name playing icy murderers, sado-masochists and abortionists, has teamed up for a third time with Michael Haneke for “Happy End”, which is the running for the festival's top prize.
The Austrian's fierce take on the refugee crisis, which premieres Monday, is about a wealthy family who live near Calais in northern France, where thousands of migrants camped waiting for a chance to cross the Channel to Britain.
Huppert, 64, said she had no regrets about taking roles that sometimes made audiences squirm.
“I neither need to love nor not like a character (to play them). Cinema is not about presenting the nice side of people to the world, but to show what is difficult to admit,” she told a “Women in Motion” talk.
“I prefer roles that cross the lines rather than those that go straight,” she added.
Huppert said she had never suffered from open sexism in the film industry, but “I never wanted to put myself in a position where I was likely to suffer from it.
“I see the dangers from afar. I would never have tolerated being the target of sexism, but I know it happens to others,” she added.
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Cannes Film Festival postponed to July due to Covid

The Cannes Film Festival has been rescheduled for July 6th to 17th - postponed by around two months due to the ongoing virus crisis, organisers said on Wednesday.

Cannes Film Festival postponed to July due to Covid
The 2018 Palme d'Or winner Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda posing for the cameras at the Cannes Film Festival, is an annual highlight for movie lovers in France. Photo: AFP

“As announced last autumn, the Festival de Cannes reserved the right to change its dates depending on how the global health situation developed,” they said in a statement.

“Initially scheduled from 11th to 22nd May 2021, the Festival will therefore now take place from Tuesday 6th to Saturday 17th July 2021.”

The festival was cancelled last year, while rival European events in Berlin and Venice went ahead under strict health restrictions.

The Berlin Film Festival, which usually kicks off in February, said last month it would run this year's edition in two stages, an online offering for industry professionals in March and a public event in June.

France has closed all cinemas, theatres and show rooms alongside cafés, bars and restaurants as part of its Covid-19 health measures and the government has pushed back their reopening date until further notice due to rising levels of viral spread across the country.

The Cannes festival normally attracts some 45,000 people with official accreditations, of whom around 4,500 are journalists.

It had only been cancelled once before, due to the outbreak of war in 1939.

Its Film Market, held alongside the main competition, is the industry's biggest marketplace for producers, distributors, buyers and programmers.

Last year, the festival still made an official selection of 56 films – including the latest offerings from Wes Anderson, Francois Ozon and Steve McQueen – allowing them to use the “Cannes official selection” label.