Film - Feature | December 14 | 6 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Juliette Binoche and opera singer William Shimell star in Kiarostamis playful unspooling of the romance genre, set in a radiant Tuscany where nothing is quite as it seems. Fittingly beginning at a lecture on fakery in art, the film follows an art gallery owner (Binoche) and an author (Shimell) whose chance meeting turns into a lengthy afternoon of conversation, sparring, and play-acting, and then becomes something even trickier. Dont let the Tuscan sun blind you; Kiarostami remains as imaginative and rewarding here as in his Iran-set masterpieces. Binoche won Cannes Best Actress prize for her role in this brilliant, endlessly fascinating work (David Denby, New Yorker).
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