Updated: February 10, 2013 9:08 AM | By The Associated Press, thecanadianpress.com

Mother superior role for Huppert in Berlin film

BERLIN - A new adaptation of writer Denis Diderot's 18th-century novel "The Nun" is making its debut at the Berlin film festival, featuring French star Isabelle Huppert as a convent's mother superior.


Mother superior role for Huppert in Berlin film

From left actresses Louise Bourgoin, Martina Gedeck, Pauline Etienne, director Guillaume Nicloux, actress Isabelle Huppert and producer Sylvie Pialat arrive for the screening of the film The Nun at the 63rd edition of the Berlinale, International Film Festival in Berlin, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

BERLIN - A new adaptation of writer Denis Diderot's 18th-century novel "The Nun" is making its debut at the Berlin film festival, featuring French star Isabelle Huppert as a convent's mother superior.

The movie, directed by Guillaume Nicloux, is one of 19 competing for the Berlin festival's top Golden Bear honour.

The story centres on a young woman, played by Belgian actress Pauline Etienne, forced by her family to enter a convent, where she suffers harassment.

Huppert's long list of credits includes "The Piano Player" and "Madame Bovary." She said ahead of the new film's premiere Sunday that her latest role offered the challenge of avoiding caricature.

"It was very easy to go behind the caricature," she said. "She's a superior mother, but she has nothing superior."

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