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Cine Club: Wednesday 8 April 2015 (7 pm - Open to ALL)

Title:               Copie Conforme
Director:        Abbas Kiarostami
Released:      2010
Language:     Persian (Eng S/T)
Duration:      1 hour and 36 min
Key Actors:   Juliette Binoche and the British opera singer William Shimell

Interesting Links about the Film:
Trailer on YouTube: Click Here
Le Monde (French) Click Here
Synopsis: (adapted from Wikipedia Click Here)
Copie Conforme is a 2010 art film by Iranian writer and director Abbas Kiarostami. The film is set in Tuscany, and focuses on a British writer and a French antiques dealer, whose relationship undergoes an odd transformation over the course of a day. The film premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival where Binoche won the Best Actress Award for her performance.
British writer James Miller (Shimell) is in Tuscany to give a talk to a group about his new book, titled "Certified Copy", which argues that, in art, issues of authenticity are irrelevant, because every reproduction is itself an original and even the original is a copy of another form. A French antiques dealer, whose name is never given (Binoche), attends the event with her 11-year-old son in order to have Miller sign several copies of the book she has purchased, but has to leave early because her son is hungry and becomes a distraction. She leaves her phone number with Miller's translator....

Director: Abbas Kiarostami (adapted from Wikipedia Click Here)
Abbas Kiarostami (Persian: 22 June 1940) is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, photographer and film producer. He has been an active filmmaker since 1970. Kiarostami has been involved in over forty films, including shorts and documentaries. Kiarostami attained critical acclaim for directing the Koker Trilogy (1987–94), Close-Up (1990), Taste of Cherry (1997) (awarded Palme d'Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival), and The Wind Will Carry Us (1999). In his recent films, Certified Copy (2010) and Like Someone in Love (2012), he filmed for the first time outside Iran, in Italy and Japan, respectively.

Kiarostami has worked extensively as a screenwriter, film editor, art director and producer and has designed credit titles and publicity material. He is also a poet, photographer, painter, illustrator, and graphic designer. He is part of a generation of filmmakers in the Iranian New Wave, a Persian cinema movement that started in the late 1960s and includes pioneering directors such as Forough Farrokhzad, Sohrab Shahid Saless, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Bahram Beizai, and Parviz Kimiavi. These filmmakers share many common techniques including the use of poetic dialogue and allegorical storytelling dealing with political and philosophical issues.
Kiarostami has a reputation for using child protagonists, for documentary-style narrative films, for stories that take place in rural villages, and for conversations that unfold inside cars, using stationary mounted cameras. He is also known for his use of contemporary Iranian poetry in the dialogue, titles, and themes of his films.

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