Isabelle Huppert cancels her visit to the Berlinale to receive the Golden Bear due to COVID

French actress Isabelle Hupert has canceled her visit to the Berlinale, where she was to receive the Golden Bear of Honor for her career tomorrow, after having tested positive for COVID-19, festival sources reported.

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The gala in honor of the honoree will take place, as planned, at the Berlinale Palast, where the film "À propos de Joan" will be screened, directed by Laurent Larivière and starring Huppert and German actor Lars Eidinger.

Huppert is expected to address a videoconference message to those present, while Eidinger will deliver a few words in honor of the actress.

The gala will take place on the eve of the delivery of the Golden and Silver Bears and other main prizes of the festival.

A total of 18 films have been selected for the official competition section, including the Spanish productions "One Year, One Night", by Isaki Lacuesta, and "Alcarrás", by Carla Simón.

The 72nd edition of the Berlinale is celebrated in person, although under strict hygiene measures and access to accredited media has been restricted to those who have been vaccinated with the complete guideline and also present a negative test of the day.

Instead of the usual ten days, the competition programming has been committed to only six days, while the final four days will be dedicated to the public.

Last year, the Berlinale was limited to the merely virtual due to the imperative of the pandemic.

The festival's co-directors, Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian, lamented Huppert's absence in a statement and expressed their hope of seeing her again in the German capital in the future.

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