Like Someone in Love will compete with 21 films for the 2012 Palme d’Or.
Co-produced by France's MK2 and Japan's Eurospace, the film features a “contemporary relationship in today's Japan.”
The film was first named The End and was shot in Tokyo and the nearby city of Yokohama.
The story depicts the unusual relationship between a student and a brilliant, elderly academic with a thematic concern in an impressive atmosphere.
The Japanese cast features television star Rin Takanashi as the young student and veteran actor Tadashi Okuno as the retired professor.
The USD 4.8 million Like Someone in Love is Kiarostami's second production outside Iran after his successful Certified Copy, which was also produced by the French company MK2.
Certified Copy was filmed in the Chianti countryside in Tuscany, Italy and premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film festival, where it won the Best Actress Award of the French festival for its lead actress Juliette Binoche.
As a filmmaker, painter, designer and photographer, Kiarostami has received many prestigious international awards, including the 1997 Cannes Golden Palm award and the 2008 Glory to the Filmmaker award of the Venice Film Festival.
He has also held a photo exhibition at Beijing's Imperial City Art Museum.
Kiarostami has staged Mozart's comic opera buffa, Cosi Fan Tutte at London's Coliseum Theater and the 2008 Festival of Lyric Art in Aix-en-provence in France.
The 65th edition of Cannes Film Festival will be held from May 16 to 27, 2012.
Renowned Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami’s latest production is slated to compete at the 2012 edition of Cannes International Film Festival.
Kiarostami’s Japanese-language drama