The film is now in production with Haru Kuroki, winner of the Berlin festival’s best actress award in 2014 for Yoji Yamada’s “The Little House.”
Iwai set out a multi-seasonal shooting schedule to fulfill an ambition to shoot a film that captures the beauty of Japan’s four seasons. Lensing will wrap in August, with theatrical distribution in Japan set between February and April next year.
The story involves a couple, their online personas, jealousy, divorce and cynical manipulations.
The film also marks the return to live-action filmmaking for Iwai after an absence of more than four years since “Hana & Alice.” In the intervening period, Iwai has been involved in TV animation series “Mysterious Transfer Student” (aka “Nazo Ni Tenkosei”) and directed animated feature “The Case of Hana & Alice,” a spinoff of his live-action film. He was previously a favorite on the festival circuit with arthouse hits including “Love Letter,” “Swallowtail Butterfly,” “April Story” and “All About Lily Chou-Chou.”
In Cannes, Toei is also handling sales of “Battles Without Honor and Humanity,” the 1973 Kinji Fukasaku-directed title that appears this week in the festival’s Cannes Classics section.