by Marc Saint-Cyr
Last year, acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami was a prominent figure in film news as his "Certified Copy"made the rounds through the international festival circuit. Set in Italy and starring French actress Juliette Binoche, it was notable for being the first film of his shot outside of Iran. It appears it won't be the last, for his new film, "The End," is due to begin shooting in Japan this spring. Kiarostami has made an offer to actress Aoi Miyazaki ("Mt. Tsurugidake," "Shonen Merickensack") for the lead role, though at the time of this writing, an official contract has not yet been signed. "The End" will be a co-production from France's MK2 and Japan's Eurospace and will apparently focus on “a contemporary relationship in today’s Japan.”
Many thanks to Nippon Cinema and Tokyograph for the story info.