Internationally-renowned Iranian auteur filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami
Internationally-renowned Iranian auteur filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has started the post-production process of his latest film in Japanese.
Kiarostami started shooting his new film, named at earlier stages The End, in Tokyo and the nearby city of Yokohama in November, 2011.
The project, in which the Japanese actress Aoi Miyazaki stars, was primarily scheduled to be shot in April 2011, but was delayed by the effects of Japan's March earthquake and tsunami.
Co-produced by France's MK2 and Japan's Eurospace, the film features a “contemporary relationship in today's Japan.”
Newly titled Like Someone in Love, the movie 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 called Akiko and veteran actor Tadashi Okuno as the retired professor.
The USD 4.8 million picture, 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.
The 106-minute love story has sold about USD 5.5 worldwide and received numerous awards, including the Golden Spike award of the 2010 Valladolid Film Festival in Spain.
Certified Copy has been screened in France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK, Greece, Portugal, Belgium, Taiwan, the US and Sweden.
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.