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The French actor won the César award for Best Actress for 'Les Combattants' (2014). She recently played the lead in the Dardenne brothers' 'The Unknown Girl' (2016).
Her startling portrayal of Christine Chubbock in Antonio Compos’ 'Christine' might have brought Rebecca Hall widespread acclaim following its Sundance premiere, but it is not the first performance to highlight her charisma and skill as an actor. She began her screen career with a role in her father Peter Hall’s TV adaptation of Mary Wesley’s 'The Camomille Lawn' (1992). Her stage debut came a decade later, in Shaw’s ‘Mrs Warren’s Profession’. It was her portrayal of left-wing student Rebecca Epstein in 'Starter for 10' (2006) that first revealed her command of the screen, balancing humour and drama as James McAvoy’s foil and love interest. A minor role in Christopher Nolan’s 'The Prestige' (2006) was followed by a subtle performance in Woody Allen’s 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' (2008), which saw her nominated for a Golden Globe. She won a Best Supporting Actress BAFTA for her role in the TV film 'Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974' (2009). Four years later, she was nominated for a Best Actress BAFTA for her ruthless Sylvia Tietjens in 'Parade’s End' (2012). Other notable film roles include a smart comic turn in 'Please Give' and a Boston woman caught up in a relationship with a habitual criminal in 'The Town' (both 2010), a woman haunted by ghosts in 'The Awakening' (2011), her first blockbuster role in 'Iron Man 3' (2013) and the soul of Joel Edgerton’s smart thriller 'The Gift' (2015).
Michael Haneke, born in Munich in 1942, is an Austrian director known for directing films such as 'Caché' (2005), 'The White Ribbon' (2009) and 'Amour' (2012). He studied philosophy, psychology and theatre in Vienna and has worked in theatre, opera and television. His work focuses on themes such as Europe's war-torn past and the loss of individuality in modern society.
A decade in TV series and mostly forgettable films has been eclipsed by Christina Hendricks ongoing – and frequently scene-stealing – role as Joan in 'Mad Men' (2007-15). She brought sass and style to the role, becoming one of the show’s most iconic characters. Her key films around this time were as an ill-fated moll in Nicolas Winding Refn’s retro classic 'Drive' and as a teacher nearing breaking point in Tony Kaye’s underrated 'Detachment' (both 2011). She is excellent as the distracted mother in 'Ginger & Rosa' (2012), emanates despair and desire for a better life in fellow Mad Men actor John Slattery’s solid feature debut 'God’s Pocket' and is wasted in Ryan Gosling’s self-conscious study in cruelty 'Lost River' (both 2014). There have been cameos in 'Zoolander 2' and 'The Neon Demon', and an unwise appearance in 'Bad Santa 2' (all 2016).
Tom Hiddleston, born in 1981 in London, is a Cambridge graduate best known for his villainous roles in blockbusters such as 'Thor' (2011) and 'The Avengers' (2012). He is also renowned for his theatre work in Donmar Warehouse productions, and has been in a creative partnership with British director Joanna Hogg, starring in all of her feature films to date: 'Unrelated' (2007), 'Archipelago' (2010) and 'Exhibition' (2014).
One of the most famous and respected French actresses of her generation, Isabelle Huppert was born in Paris, France in 1953. She has appeared in more than 100 television productions since 1971, and has been directed by filmmakers such as Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol and Michael Haneke. She has won two Best Actress Awards in Cannes, and a Most Promising Newcomer BAFTA for her role in Claude Goretta's 'The Lacemaker' (1977).