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Renowned Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami’s first European movie, about a chance meeting between two people, stars French actress Juliette Binoche 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.

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France, Italy, Belgium, Iran 2010
  • Czech
107 min.
  • This film is available until 31. 3. 2025 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

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 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.

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Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Screenplay: Abbas Kiarostami
Cinematography: Luca Bigazzi
Sound: Dominique Vieillard
Editing: Bahman Kiarostami
Production Design: Giancarlo Basili, Ludovica Ferrario
Producer: Marin Karmitz, Nathanaël Karmitz, Charles Gillibert, Angelo Barbagallo, Abbas Kiarostami
Cast: Juliette Binoche, William Shimell, Jean-Claude Carrière, Agathe Natanson, Gianna Giachetti, Adrian Moore

Cannes Film Festival

2010 – Juliette Binoche (Best Actress)

Cannes Film Festival

2010 – Abbas Kiarostami (Award of the Youth)

  • This film is available until 31. 3. 2025 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.