Beyond the coastlines of Japan, few greenhorn cinephiles are au fait with Hirokazu Kore-eda or the feathers under his cap. In an impressive career spanning 30 years to date, the Japanese writer-director has worked on 14 feature films, all set in his homeland and in his native language – until now.
For his latest movie The Truth (not to be confused with the 2015 political docudrama Truth by James Vanderbilt), Kore-eda ventures west to la France. Riding on the wave of his 2018 Cannes Film Festival success – after Shoplifters picked up the prestigious Palme d’Or award – the filmmaker has managed to put together quite the roster. If a melange of Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke, and the acclaimed Catherine Deneuve doesn’t tickle your fancy – well, erm, perhaps seek help?
Set in Paris, the family drama – a Kore-eda staple – follows the stormy reunion between Lumir (Binoche) and her actress mother Fabienne (Deneuve), against the backdrop of the latter’s latest role in a sci-fi picture as an ageless mother. Hawke plays Lumir’s husband Hank.
Before you check out the The Truth teaser trailer, here’s the official synopsis:
“Fabienne is a star of French cinema. She reigns amongst men who love and admire her. When she publishes her memoirs, her daughter Lumir returns from New York to Paris with her husband and young child. The reunion between mother and daughter will quickly turn to confrontation: truths will be told, accounts settled, loves and resentments confessed.”
To the surprise of many, “The Truth” premieres on the opening night of this year’s Venice Film Festival (August 28th). It’s been 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.”
Also starring Ludivine Sagnier and Roger Van Hool, the French/English-language film will be released by IFC Films, but there’s been no mention of an official release date yet. Here’s the first Japanese The Truth teaser trailer below.
Steven is a Scottish freelance Film & TV Journalist based in London. He earned a BA in Journalism from Edinburgh Napier University before moving onto ghost-and content-writing. Steven now covers Film & TV for various websites.