Isabelle Huppert, whose filmography includes more than 100 films, has received such awards as a BAFTA (1978), a Golden Globe (2017), two Cezar awards (1996, 2017), the Silver Bear of Berlinale (2002), three Cannes Film Festival awards (1978, 2001, 2017), and this year the actress was nominated for an Oscar for her lead performance in “Elle”.
Accepting the award from the President of the film festival Viktoriya Tigipko, the actress said: “I am very glad to receive this award, to come to this special city. It is very energetic, with a grandiose cinematic charge. For me this is a special event. My characters have very difficult lives, but they usually come out victorious after their troubles. Here, at the Odesa Film Festival, much attention is paid to women – and that’s amazing. In France, the film industry is very favourable to women. That applies to both roles and directorial opportunities.”
Chairwoman of the Board of the European Film Academy, Polish director, screenwriter, three-time Oscar nominee Agnieszka Holland was also awarded the Golden Duke for her Lifetime Achievement. Agnieszka Holland noted that she was very happy to receive the award, especially taking into account how cinema is currently supported in Ukraine.
“I’m so impressed that you support national cinema. It is important that Ukraine has its own cinematic voice. After all, you have so many stories to tell.”
Agnieszka Holland was the guest of honour at the 8th Odesa Film Festival, conducting a master class within the framework of the Summer Film School, and also presenting her new film “Spoor”, winner of the Silver Bear of Berlinale, in the sections “Festival of Festivals” and “Special Screenings”.