French helmer Daniele Huillet, half of the filmmaking couple Straub-Huillet, died Oct. 9 in Cholet, France, of cancer. She was 70.

Huillet and her husband Jean-Marie Straub were an enduring team in European arthouse film, contributing non-compromising work to French, German, and Italian cinema for four decades.

Straub, married to Huillet since the late 1950s, had been an assistant to Abel Gance, Jean Renoir, and Robert Bresson, whose austere style especially influenced the couple.

The team’s first feature “Not Reconciled or Only Violence Helps Where Violence Rules,” made in Germany in 1965, was considered by many as a springboard for the Neuer Deutscher Film movement.

Huillet and Straub made more than 20 films. They later moved to Italy, but frequently worked in Germany or France. Huillet was already ill when their latest production, “Quei loro incontri,” (These Encounters of Theirs) screened in competition at the Venice Film Festival and was awarded with a Special Lion.

— Christian Koehl

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