I talked to Toby Jones in Cannes about his new film Happy End

Toby Jones has carved out an intriguing career, playing roles from Truman Capote to Captain Mainwairing. He has juggled Hollywood blockbusters and is also becoming a choice for Europe’s art house auteurs. He was last in Cannes in Matteo Garrone’s mediaeval fantasia Tale of Tales but not even Toby could quite believe it when he got a call from the great Michael Haneke, two-time Palme d’Or winner and famous for his austere, icily brilliant studies of unease and lurking violence.

In Happy End, Toby stars as an English insurance broker in a growing relationship with Isabelle Huppert’s Anne Laurent, head of her family’s vast construction business in Calais, now desperate to avoid a huge compensation claim.

I met up with Toby to talk about working with these icons just before he was due to make that increasingly familiar journey up the equally iconic Cannes red carpet steps.

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