Palme d’Or winner at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival for Shoplifters, Kore-eda Hirokazu’s next film La vérité – The Truth is the opening film, in Competition, of the 76th Venice International Film Festival (August 28 – September 7, 2019).

The film stars Catherine Deneuve as Fabienne, a star of French cinema who 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.

Director Kore-eda Hirokazu declared, “It is with great joy that I have learned that my new film, La vérité, has been selected to open the Official Competition of the Venice Film Festival. I am extremely honored. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the entire staff of the festival. 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 says, “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.”

“The Truth,” which marks the director’s first work set outside his native Japan, will have a screenplay by him. It’s the first time since 2012 that Venice artistic director Alberto Barbera has not chosen a Hollywood film as the festival’s opening film. The past three openers have been “First Man,” “Downsizing” and “La La Land.

High On Films in collaboration with Avanté
Source – Official Biennale Cinema 2019

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