The film also reteams the director with Masatoshi Nagase, who previously headlined Kawase’s films “An” and “Radiance,” both of which were presented in Cannes.
“Vision” is a co-production between Paris-based Slot Machine and Kawase’s own Kumie production cooperative. Shooting started this month for two and half weeks and will resume in November after a break.
Binoche plays a French essayist who visits Nara, Kawase’s birthplace and long-time base, where she encounters Nagase’s character, a mysterious mountain man who connects with her despite barriers of language and culture.
The start of the project was a dinner at this year’s Cannes festival where Kawase found herself seated next to Slot Machine head Marianne Slot. Their discussion led to a decision in June to collaborate on a film, with Slot bringing in Binoche to star. Wild Bunch is set as the international sales agent.