Venice Film Festival To Open With Kore-eda’s “The Truth”

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‘The Truth’, the new movie from multi-award-winning Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda, will open the 2019 edition of the Venice film festival.

Filmed in French and English, and starring Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche and Ethan Hawke, The Truth is described by festival director Alberto Barbera as “a poetic reflection on the relationship between a mother and her daughter, and the complex profession of acting”.

Deneuve plays a legendary star of French cinema whose daughter (Binoche) returns to Paris. According to the film’s synopsis, the “reunion between mother and daughter will quickly turn to confrontation: truths will be told, accounts settled, loves and resentments confessed”.

‘The Truth’ is Kore-eda’s first non-Japanese language production, and his first film since winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2018 for Shoplifters. In a statement Kore-eda said: “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.”

The Truth will have its world premiere on 28 August, the opening day of the Venice film festival, which runs until 7 September, while Once Were Brothers screens on 5 September, with Toronto continuing until 15 September.

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