Juliette Binoche will star in Abbas Kiarostami’s next film “The Certified Copy.”
Lensing will begin on the $6 million project this October. French mini-major MK2 is putting up a third of coin and are in discussions with English and Italian shingles to co-produce.
Based on an original script by the much-feted Iranian helmer, pic tells the story of an art gallery owner (Binoche) who enjoys a brief encounter with a middle-aged English writer at an art conference. Pic is set between Florence and San Gimignano in Italy.
Announcement was made at an intimate press confab late Saturday evening. Binoche and Kiarostami were introduced by MK2 topper Marin Karmitz and have been friends for many years. Helmer wrote the project specially for her.
The Mideast has figured highly for Binoche of late. Thesp wrapped Amos Gitai’s Israel-set “Disengagement” earlier this year and also visited Iran last year at the invitation of Kiarostami.