Abbas Kiarostami / I-IR-F, 2009
English and French version / Czech subtitles, 106 min
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 this year’s 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.