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The Truth

DIRECTED BY Hirokazu Kore-eda

Country: France, Japan
Language: French
Subtitles: English
Original Title: La vérité

Running Time: 106min
Film Year: 2019
Category: Films

In his follow-up to the Oscar-nominated Shoplifters, Hirokazu Kore-eda once again tackles the complexities of family dynamics in a way that only he can. Except this time, there’s a bit of a twist. The first film he’s directed outside of his native Japan, Kore-eda’s latest is a French-language film starring two of the greatest living French actresses: Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche.

To iconic actress Fabienne (Deneuve), nothing is more important than giving the perfect performance. Her commitment to her work has long put a strain on her personal life, and when her new memoir comes out, those closest to her find it harder and harder to stay by her side. When her longtime assistant suddenly quits, her estranged daughter Lumir (Binoche) – who’s in town visiting along with her actor husband, Hank (Ethan Hawke) — steps into the role of assisting Fabienne while on set of her new sci-fi film “Memories of My Mother.” With a mother and daughter so unable to communicate their complicated feelings to one another, Fabienne’s new film (based on the Ken Liu short story of the same name) is a resonant, meta example of life imitating art.

Featuring a breathtaking performance from Deneuve, The Truth is about what happens when long simmering resentments of the past come bubbling to the surface. Light and intimate, Kore-eda explores how we reconcile past grudges – a task that can be ever complicated by our tenuous relationship to the truth.

The Truth will be preceded by a screening of the 26-minute short film “Beautiful Dreamer” (2017), directed by David Gaddie, an adaptation of Ken Liu’s short story “Memories of My Mother.”

This screening is sponsored by TV5Monde.

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Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Screenwriter: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Production Company: IFC Films

Cinematographer: Éric Gautier
Editor: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke

Hirokazu Kore-eda

Hirokazu Kore-eda is an award-winning filmmaker from Tokyo. He is best known for having written and directed critically acclaimed films such as After Life (98), Nobody Knows (04), Still Walking (08), Like Father, Like Son (13), Our Little Sister (15), After the Storm (16), The Third Murder (17), and last year’s Palme d’Or winning film Shoplifters (18). His latest film, The Truth, was the Opening Night selection for the 2019 Venice Film Festival.