30.09. - 09.10.2021

Elle France, Germany, Belgium 2016 | 130 min | OV with German subtitles | Colour | FF 2016

Paul Verhoeven

Paul Verhoeven (*1938) was nominated for an Oscar® for Best Foreign Film in 1973 forhis film Turkish Delight. In the1980s, he left Holland for Hollywood, where he made timeless classics like Robocop (1987) Basic Instinct (1992) TotalRecall (1990) and Starship Troopers (1997).

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Michèle (Isabelle Huppert) and a friend have a video game company. She has everything under control, is hard as nails and ruthlessly efficient. This doesn't change even after a masked man forces his way in to her villa in the Paris suburbs and rapes her. Michèle doesn't tell the police and only mentions it casually to friends at dinner. She has no intention of slipping into the role of victim. Quite the opposite. When she finds the man and identifies him, she forces him to play a sadistic game that could get out of control any minute. A woman stands up to male domination and violence and empowers herself: With nuance and unpredictability, Isabelle Huppert combines her character's cold-bloodedness and icy matter-of-factness with wicked humour. Elle was shown in competition at Cannes and is Paul Verhoeven's celebrated comeback, at the same time both disquieting and very entertaining.
Original title: Elle
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: French
Section: Freihafen
Language and subtitles: OV with German subtitles
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Screenplay: David Birke basierend auf dem Roman "Oh..." von Philippe Djian
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Christian Berkel, Charles Berling, Virginie Efira
Producer: Saïd Ben Saïd, Michel Merkt, Thanassis Karathanos, Diana Elbaum
Director of Photography: Stéphane Fontaine
Music: Anne Dudley
Production Design: Laurent Ott
Editor: Job ter Burg
Sound: 0
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Format: dcp
German Distributor: MFA+ FilmDistribution
World Sales: SBS International
Production: SBS Productions; Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion; Entre chien et loup
Contact: Sarah Borch-Jacobsen, SBS International:


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