Her works to screen include The Piano Teacher and The Lacemaker.

The Locarno film festival will present its Excellence Award to French actress Isabelle Huppert on Aug 7.

The award, sponsored by Moet & Chandon, will be presented at a ceremony on the Piazza Grande. Also that day, Huppert will participate in a public conversation moderated byJean-Marc Lalanne and Olivier Père.

Her films set to screen include The Lacemaker by Claude Goretta, Loulou by Maurice Pialat, Merci pour le Chocolat by Claude Chabrol, The Piano Teacher by Michael Haneke, White Material by Claire Denis and Villa Amalia by Benoît Jacquot.

Olivier Père, Locarno’s artistic director, said: “Undoubtedly one of the best actresses of our times, Isabelle Huppert has created a powerful body of work, choosing complex and unforgettable roles and directors who rank among the most distinctive in modern cinema. Her range as an actress seems infinite, and shows her mastery of the craft, passion, instinct and intelligence, hard work and an ability to take risks. It is an enormous honour to welcome Isabelle Huppert to the Festival del film Locarno, where she featured in Igor Minaiev’s The Flood, and to present her with the Excellence Award Moët & Chandon.”

Previous award recipients include Susan Sarandon, John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Michel Piccoli, Carmen Maura, Toni Servillo and Chiara Mastroianni.

Locarno runs Aug 3-13.