The 76th Venice International Film Festival announced it’s opening film for this year’s festival, taking place in August. Kore-eda Hirokazu’s La vérité (The Truth) was selected to open the festival taking place from August 28th through September 7th. The Truth stars Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, and Ethan Hawke. The Truth is the 19th film from Japanese director Kore-eda Hirokazu, and the follow up film to his 2018 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner, Shoplifters.
In celebration of his opportunity to open the festival this year, Kore-eda Hirokazu shared insights into the film’s story and production. “We shot the movie in ten weeks last fall in Paris. As officially announced, the cast is prestigious but the film itself recounts a small family story that takes place primarily inside a house. I have tried to make my characters live within this small universe, with their lies, pride, regrets, sadness, joy, and reconciliation. I truly hope you will like this film.”
The Truth tells the story of Fabienne, (played by Catherine Deneuve) a star of French cinema who reigns amongst men who love and admire her. When she publishes her memoirs, her daughter Lumir (Juliette Binoche) returns from New York to Paris with her husband (Ethan Hawke) and young child. The reunion between mother and daughter will quickly turn to confrontation: truths will be told, accounts settled, loves and resentments confessed.
The world premiere screening La vérité will take place in Venice, Italy at the Festival on Wednesday, August 28th in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema at the Venice Lido. The Venice Film Festival Director Alberto Barbera declared, “For the first film he has directed abroad, Kore-eda had the privilege of working with two major French film stars. The encounter between the universe of Japan’s most important filmmaker today and two beloved actresses like Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche, brought to life a poetic reflection on the relationship between a mother and her daughter, and the complex profession of acting. It will be a pleasure to present this movie as the opening film of this year’s Venice Film Festival”.
La vérité is produced by Muriel Merlin, and is coproduced by Matilde Incerti, and Miyuki Fukuma. 3B productions coproduced La vérité alongside Bunbuku & M.i Movies, France 3 cinéma, with collaboration and participation from Canal+, Wild Bunch, France Télévisions, Ciné+, Le Pacte, and Gaga Corporation.