Cannes 2017: Women in Motion Dinner

(L-R) Francois-Henri Pinault, Isabelle Huppert and Salma Hayek attend the Women in Motion Awards Dinner | ©Venturelli/Getty Images for Kering

Kering and the Cannes Film Festival 2017 honored French actress Isabelle Huppert with this year’s “Women in Motion” Award

Kering and the Cannes Film Festival official partners of the third “Women in Motion” programme honored the Oscar-nominated actress Isabelle Huppert with the 2017 “Women in Motion” Award for her contribution to the film industry at the Kering Dinner last Sunday. The night’s hosts, Kering chairman and CEO François-Henri Pinault and his wife, actress Salma Hayek, welcomed guests including Uma Thurman, Juliette Binoche, Laetitia Casta and Charlotte Gainsbourg at Cannes’ art museum Musée de la Castre.

Being exceptionally free-spirited and bold, cinema icon Isabelle Huppert has taken many artistic risks in her career. Playing various roles from drama to comedy, she has successfully established her own style. With her strong and far-from-stereotypical roles that she has played since the early days of her career, she has managed to push back boundaries. Isabelle Huppert is beyond question one of the most inspirational figures in the world of cinematography.

By awarding Maysaloun Hamoud the “Young Talents” prize, Isabelle Huppert has in return decided to honour this young Palestinian director and scriptwriter. In 2016, Budapest-born Maysaloun Hamoud made her first feature film In Between, which chronicles the everyday life of three young Palestinian women living in Tel Aviv, torn between their serious desire for independence and ingrained family traditions. With the help of the “Young Talents” Award, accompanied by a funding of 50,000 euros, Maysaloun Hamoud is able to continue her filmmaking projects.

Last year’s “Women in Motion” Award went to Thelma & Louise stars and women’s rights advocates Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon. In every respect: Women in motion!