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France / Italy
2010, 106 min

Section: Open Eyes
Year: 2010

Renowned Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami’s first European movie, about a chance meeting between two people, stars French actress Juliette Binoche (e.g. Chocolat) as the owner of an art gallery in the heart of Italy. Her encounter with an English writer becomes an opportunity to play a game whose rules remain unknown to the viewer. The film brought Binoche Best Actress at the 2010 Cannes IFF.


A man and a woman meet by chance in a village in southern Tuscany. The man is a British writer come to talk about his book, the woman is French and owns a small local art gallery. During trips to see magnificent landmarks, it’s logical that people assume they are a couple. And god knows why, but the woman initiates a game in which she takes on the role of his wife. After some reluctance the man joins in the game. Soon enough we don’t know where the game ends and the truth begins – or vice versa. The first film that renowned Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has shot in Europe came about, according to lead actress Juliette Binoche, on the basis of an experience the director evocatively recounted, only to deny it immediately afterward. Kiarostami partnered Binoche, who took Best Actress for her role at this year’s Cannes IFF, with baritone William Shimell, whose beautiful voice is well-known to opera lovers but who is a greenhorn in the world of film.

About the director

Abbas Kiarostami (b. 1940, Tehran) studied painting but gradually set his sights on film. In 1969 he founded the film department of the Education Institute for Children and Youth in Kanun where until 1992 he realized the majority of his movies. He gained international recognition with Where Is My Friend’s House (1987), awarded the Bronze Leopard at Locarno. Since then his work has been oft awarded at world festivals, including main prizes at Bergamo, Chicago, and Valladolid (Among the Olive Groves, 1994, Another View screening at KVIFF 1995), Palme d’Or from Cannes (Taste of Cherry, 1997), Grand Jury Prize at Venice (The Wind Will Carry Us, 1999, Special Events screening at KVIFF 2000), and Best Actress at Cannes (Certified Copy, 2010). In 2000 he was president of the KVIFF main jury. In recent years he has also contributed segments to collective international films.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Open Eyes
Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Screenplay: Abbas Kiarostami
Dir. of Photography: Luca Bigazzi
Editor: Bahman Kiarostami
Producer: Marin Karmitz, Nathanaël Karmitz, Charles Gillibert, Angelo Barbagallo
Production: MK2
Cast: Juliette Binoche, William Shimell, Jean-Claude Carrière, Agathe Natanson, Gianna Giachetti, Adrian Moore
Contact: MK2

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