Actress Isabelle Huppert will receive the third Women in Motion Award at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival (17-28 May).
Women in Motion sets out to showcase the contribution of women to the film industry, whether in front of the camera or behind it. The initiative is based on two pillars: talks open to journalists and industry professionals which give major figures the opportunity to compare and contrast their experiences and viewpoints around the question of women’s contribution to cinema, and to pool their recommendation for greater representation within the industry. Two Women in Motion Awards are presented each year – one to an inspiring figure who embodies the program’s values, and another to a young film industry professional, who receives support for cinematographic projects.
Huppert, one of the most inspirational figures in world cinema and recently nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in Paul Verhoven’s Elle (which was presented in Cannes last year), will be one of this year’s awardees and has decided in turn to honour Maysaloun Hamoud by awarding her the Young Talent prize. Hamoud is a young Palestinian director and scriptwriter who made her feature debut, In Between, in 2016. The film chronicles the daily lives of three young Palestinian women living in Tel Aviv, torn between family traditions and their desire for independence. The Young Talents Award, accompanied by a funding of €50,000, will enable Maysaloun Hamoud to continue her filmmaking projects.
In an official press statement, Huppert stated: “Things evolve slowly, and never enough. Since women continue to be confronted each day with countless obstacles, I am delighted and moved to be able to shine a spotlight on the talent of one of today’s most promising female directors, Maysaloun Hamoud, through the 2017 Women in Motion Young Talents Award. The free-spirited and joyful women that she portrays, torn between their desire for emancipation and the traditions that sometimes stifle them, are true heroines of our time.”
Huppert and Hamoud join the ranks of notable film figures recognized by Women in Motion in previous years. In 2016, the award went to actresses Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, who chose in turn to honour three young directors: Leyla Bouzid, Gaya Jiji and Ida Panahandeh. They followed in the footsteps of actress Jane Fonda and director Megan Ellison. Women in Motion was launched in 2015 by Kering, in partnership with the Festival de Cannes, and has become an integral part of the Festival’s official program.