The Truth - IFFAM - 4th International Film Festival and Awards ‧ Macao

The Truth
France, Japan | 2019 | 106’ | DCP | Colour | French, English | Group: B
Director: Hirokazu Kore-Eda

2019/12/09 19:30 Macao Tower

Programmer’s Note

After scoring the Palme d’Or and an Oscar nomination for his riveting social drama Shoplifters, Hirokazu Koreeda takes an unexpected detour to Paris for a gentle chocolate box of a film about a movie star diva reuniting with her estranged daughter. The themes that have filled Koreeda’s work for two decades are all here – complex family dynamics, unanchored children, the legacy of loss, the power of regret – but this time diverted into a familiar French bourgeois setting and the uniquely rarefied world of showbiz folk.There’s a playfulness here and you can feel the director’s pleasure at working with two legendary actresses: Catherine Deneuve on fine form as the sharp-tongued movie queen, and Juliette Binoche who capably bears the soul of the film as her exasperated offspring. It looks and sounds like a French film, but Koreeda brings his customarily compassionate gaze to the material and the resulting confection has a flavor that is sometimes sweet,sometimes tart and always delicious.

– Mike Goodridge


Fabienne is a star of French cinema. She reigns amongst men who love and admire her. When she publishes her memoirs, her daughter Lumir returns from New York to Paris with her husband and young child. The reunion between mother and daughter will quickly turn to confrontation: truths will be told, accounts settled, loves and resentments confessed.


Hirokazu Kore-Eda

Hirokazu Kore-Eda was born in 1962 in Tokyo, Japan. After graduating from Waseda University in 1987, he joined TV Man Union where he directed several prize-winning documentaries. He made his directorial debut Maborosi in 1995, winning the Golden Osella at Venice that year, followed by After Life (1998) and Distance (2001), the latter of which was selected for competition in Cannes. A string of hits followed including Nobody Knows (2004), Hana (2006), Still Walking (2008), Air Doll (2009), I Wish (2011), Like Father Like Son (2013), Our Little Sister (2015), After The Storm (2016), The Third Murder (2017) and Shoplifters (2018). He won the Palme d’Or at Cannes for Shoplifters. The Truth had its world premiere as the opening night film at Venice in August.

Cast & Crew

Director Hirokazu Kore-eda

Scriptwriter(s) Hirokazu Kore-eda

Producer(s) Muriel Merlin, Miyuki Fukuma, Matilde Incerti

Cinematographer Éric Gautier

Production Designer Riton Rupire-Clément (ADC)

Editor Hirokazu Kore-eda

Music Alexeï Aïgui

Costumes Designer Pascaline Chavanne

Cast Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke, Clémentine Grenier, Manon Clavel, Alan Libolt, Christian Crahay, Roger Van Hool

Production Companies 3B productions, Bunbuku, M.i Movies, France 3 cinéma

Distributor Edko Films

World Sales Wild Bunch

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