Listapad. Collections releases The Truth, the first film by Hirokazu Kore-eda, set outside Japan. In the film, a classic of Japanese cinema asks the viewer: What constitutes a family? How can you choose between a brutal truth and a lie for good? The opening film of the Venice Film Festival is a Declaration of love to the acting talent and actress Catherine Deneuve, who performed one of the most outspoken roles in her career. You can watch the film from February 6 to 19 at the Falcon Club Cinema Boutique.

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Fabienne is a French movie star and an object of male worship. After the publication of the actress’s candid memoirs, her daughter Lumir returns to Paris from New York with her American husband and a child. The meeting of mother and daughter turns into an open confrontation: the truth is exposed, old grievances come out, accusations are heard in unison with declarations of love…

“The script is based on a play I started writing in 2003. It was set in the dressing room of a theater actress in the twilight of her career. As a result, this play was transformed into a film script about an actress and her daughter, who refused to follow in her mother’s footsteps. I wanted to make not just a serious film, but a direct film where drama and comedy coexist, just like in real life,” says the Director.

For Hirokazu Kore-eda, The Truth is the first film with European actors and set outside Japan. Minsk residents first saw it in the Master class section of the 26th MIFF Listapad. Among the most famous works of the Director there are the family dramas Like Father, Like Son (the Jury Prize of the Cannes Film Festival) and Umimachi Diary (the Japanese Academy Best Director and Best Film awards). Kore-eda’s films The Third Murder and I Wish were also shown during the Japanese cinema week in Minsk. Kore-eda’s previous film, Shoplifters, won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for Oscar.

The Director has assembled not only an all-star cast – Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke – but also a brilliant film crew. The music for the film was written by Russian composer Alexey Aigui. In 2016, he wrote the soundtrack for Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film’s cinematographer is Eric Gautier (Ash Is Purest White), and the costume designer is Pascaline Chavanne (Proxima, By the Grace of God).

“One of Deneuve’s greatest performances, with Kore-eda transforming the magisterial persona she frequently supplies to other directors into something more complex, tragic and yet defiant. She deserves awards for it. And so does the film, “ the Times emphasizes. Indiewire writes: “This wise and diaphanous little drama finds Kore-eda once again exploring his usual obsessions, as the man behind the likes of ‘Still Walking’ and ‘After the Storm’ offers yet another insightful look at the underlying fabric of a modern family.” “It has the playful lightness of touch, the wit and warmth that are an essential part of the Kore-eda signature,” the Hollywood Reporter sums up.