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Film - Feature | December 14 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Juliette Binoche and opera singer William Shimell star in Kiarostami’s 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. Don’t 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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