Isabelle Huppert She was the only one who missed the press conference for the film About Joan, presented at a special Gala at the Berlinale that the French actress is celebrating this year.
the french manager Laurent Lariviere was present with the cast, veteran German actor Lars Eidinger and the young British actress Freya Mavor.
A film with a European setting that takes place in Ireland, France and Germany.
The story of an editor, played by Isabelle Huppert, whose past resurfaces through the return of a forgotten love. Her action takes her across Europe, and 40 years of her history, between drama and comedy.
The director and cast were on the red carpet for the world premiere of the film, and they insist on the fact that it has been possible because of the co-production achieved in the European Union.
Laurent Larivière, director of About Joan: “We find most of the money in Europe, in Dublin, in Germany and in the European framework. So I am very happy to present it at the Berlinale, which is a European festival, which is a major capital, so it all makes sense, it’s very consistent. And as you said, there are German, Irish, English and French actors.”
Lars Eidinger, actor: “I’m very happy to work internationally, actually. I grew up in Berlin, I never left there and I met a lot of people from all over the world. Last year was the first time I shot in Hollywood with Noah Baumbach , a film coming to the end of the year with Adam Driver and Greta Gerwich. I feel very privileged and very happy. And I realize that I am really Francophile, I love French cinema, I love French people, I think the French have the best humor!”
Speaking of Joan, she has a script tailored for the actors. Alternate moments of comedy with more dramatic ones. The world of a couple who meet again and keep a secret.
The film was supported by the cultural support fund of the Council of Europe Eurimages.
It has had an enthusiastic reception at the Berlinale.
From the red carpet, Euronews special correspondent Fred Ponsard explains that “Despite the last-minute absence of Isabelle Huppert, who tested positive for Covid, the Berlinale 2022 is taking place under almost normal conditions. The festival will last until Sunday for the public, but it will be this Wednesday when the jury presided over byNight Shyamalanchoose which of the 18 films in competition deserves the hotly contested Golden Bear.”