Isabelle Huppert 'would love' to play in Romanian film

29th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

French film star Isabelle Huppert, who was twice named best actress at the Cannes festival, said Saturday she would love to act in a Romanian film, praising the country's "daring" new cinema.

"A few years ago, we discovered Romanian cinema. It's so powerful and it was a shock for us to discover this way of making movies", the actress told a masterclass in Bucharest.

She was sitting alongside Romanian director Cristian Mungiu, who won the Palme d'Or top prize in Cannes in 2007 for his unflinching tale of a Communist-era backstreet abortion, "Four months, three weeks and two days".

"I would love to be in a Romanian film because I think it's very close to what I like to do on the screen," added the actress, one of France's biggest screen names who was president of the Cannes jury last year.

The new wave of Romanian cinema has earned international praise in top festivals in recent years with films like "The death of Mr. Lazarescu" by Cristi Puiu or "Police, Adjective" by Corneliu Porumboiu.

Romanian films often evoke the harsh reality of daily life in Romania, during or after Nicolae Ceausescu's dictatorship, but with a touch of humour.

According to Huppert, they speak "about a certain reality of the country and yet they bring it to a universal understanding."

"It's a very daring way of making movies. They take time to really get into people's minds and it becomes very political because of that", Huppert said.

© 2010 AFP

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