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aka COPIE CONFORME
USA: IFC Films
UK: Artificial Eye
Cast: Juliette Binoche, William Shimell, Jean-Claude Carriere, Adrian Moore, Agathe Natanson, Gianna Giachetti, Angelo Barbagallo, Andrea Laurenzi, Filippo Trojano
Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Countries: France / Italy / Iran
USA & UK: 106 mins
USA Rated: Unrated
UK Certificate: 12A contains one use of strong language
USA Release Date: 11 March 2011 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 3 September 2010
Set over the course of a day in the Tuscan countryside, CERTIFIED COPY is a playful and provocative two-hander following the intriguing relationship between a man and woman who appear to have just met ...
James Miller (William Shimell) is an English writer, visiting Tuscany to promote his new book. An unidentified gallery owner (Juliette Binoche, who won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival 2010 for her performance) attends a lecture given by Miller on the subject of art and the value of original works versus copies. Afterwards the pair meet and decide to go on a sightseeing tour of the picturesque Tuscan countryside. Mistaken for a married couple, they keep up the pretence, but as the story unfolds it appears there may be more to their seemingly new relationship than meets the eye.
Director Abbas Kiarostami constantly challenges his viewers to work out what is copy and original, play-acting and reality. A Palme D'Or-winning auteur Abbas Kiarostami (TASTE OF CHERRY, THE WIND WILL CARRY US), this is Kiarostami's first production outside his native Iran. Oscar®-winner Juliette Binoche (HIDDEN, THE ENGLISH PATIENT, CHOCOLAT) plays the lead role as the woman identified only as "She", alongside internationally acclaimed British opera singer William Shimell, in his debut film role.