Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda, coming off of his Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters, is shaping up to reach an even bigger audience with his next film, The Truth aka La Vérité. Led by Juliette Binoche, Catherine Deneuve, and Ethan Hawke, it’s set to open this year’s Venice Film Festival on August 28, and now new images have arrived for the film shot by cinematographer Éric Gautier (Ash Is Purest White, Into the Wild).
The director says, “We shot the movie in ten weeks last fall in Paris. As officially announced, the cast is prestigious but the film itself recounts a small family story that takes place primarily inside a house. I have tried to make my characters live within this small universe, with their lies, pride, regrets, sadness, joy, and reconciliation. I truly hope you will like this film.”
Festival Director Alberto Barbera added, “For the first film he has directed abroad, Kore-eda had the privilege of working with two major French film stars. The encounter between the universe of Japan’s most important filmmaker today and two beloved actresses like Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche, brought to life a poetic reflection on the relationship between a mother and her daughter, and the complex profession of acting. It will be a pleasure to present this movie as the opening film of this year’s Venice Film Festival”
See the new images above and below, along with a pair of international posters and a synopsis.
Fabienne (Catherine Deneuve) is a star; a star of French cinema. She reigns amongst men who love and admire her. When she publishes her memoirs, her daughter Lumir (Juliette Binoche) returns from New York to Paris with her husband (Ethan Hawke) and young child. The reunion between mother and daughter will quickly turn to confrontation: truths will be told, accounts settled, loves and resentments confessed.
The Truth premieres at Venice and will be released by IFC Films.