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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2012: #7. Abbas Kiarostami’s Like Someone in Love

Currently in the “Woody Allen phase” of his career (unlike Woody, he left his homeland for more than pure economics) Abbas Kiarostami delivered in his third decade of work, an invigorating, intellectually stimulating piece of cinema with another career high with in Certified Copy. What I’m most curious about is how the kindness, civility and humanity in a post Tsunami Japan might be further illuminated/embedded in this work.

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#07. Like Someone in Love

Director/Writer: Abbas Kiarostami
Producers: Kiarostami and Nathanaël Karmitz
Distributor: Rights Available

The Gist: Japan, 2011. Akiko, a pretty young student, sells herself to help pay for her studies. But then she comes across a very unusual client: a learned old scholar who shows her great kindness. An extraordinary relationship develops between her and the old man…(more)

Cast: Ryo Kase, Denden, Rin Takanashi, Tadashi Okuno, Ayumi Miyata

List Worthy Reasons…: Currently in the “Woody Allen phase” of his career (unlike Woody, he left his homeland for more than pure economics) Abbas Kiarostami delivered in his third decade of work, an invigorating, intellectually stimulating piece of cinema with another career high with in Certified Copy. What I’m most curious about is how the kindness, civility and humanity in a post Tsunami Japan might be further illuminated/embedded in this work.

Release Date/Status?: Cannes Main Competition showing and despite not having the presence of a Juliette Binoche, I’m thinking this should follow the same festival/distributor interest route as Certified Copy.

 
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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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