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Huppert ‘Captured’ by Brillante Mendoza

Clearly Isabelle Huppert has a thing for Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendoza. It was not so long ago (May of 2009 to pinpoint the year) where Huppert and her Cannes jury peers awarded Mendoza with the Best Director award for Kinatay (the pressed hissed at that selection) and now, she’ll venture off to the Philippines, sometime next year, to star in a picture that will most likely be a brutal drama if we go by the title and the director’s previous work.

Clearly Isabelle Huppert has a thing for Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendoza. It was not so long ago (May of 2009 to pinpoint the year) where Huppert and her Cannes jury peers awarded Mendoza with the Best Director award for Kinatay (the pressed hissed at that selection) and now, she’ll venture off to the Philippines, sometime next year, to star in a picture that will most likely be a brutal drama if we go by the title and the director’s previous work. According to this source, the pair of been keeping in touch for a while. 

Mendoza Huppert

Captured would tell the story about a foreign missionary (Huppert) who is caught up in a hostage-taking of foreign nationals by Philippine group Abu Sayyaf (which would include Philippine actor Coco Martin). The project sort of reminds me of the character she played in another hostile land in Claire Denis’ White Material. French producer Didier Costet who produced Mendoz’s last three film including Lola and 2008’s Serbis will produce once again. The project is currently in the funding stages.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top 3 from 2016: Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt), Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve), Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)

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