French actress Juliette Binoche shed a few tears after she heard that a jailed Iranian colleague had begun a hunger strike against his detention.
Binoche and director Abbas Kiarostami used the presentation of their film “Certified Copy” at Cannes to raise the plight of Jafar Panahi who is in prison allegedly for making an anti-government film.
“What I want to do through this appeal is to remind people that there is an enormous problem in Iran. Maybe this act that has been undertaken by Jafar will have a successful outcome,” said Kiarostami.
Away from politics and “ Certified Copy” is Binoche’s second collaboration with director Kiarostami. It is set in Italy and tells of a relationship between a man and a woman who may or may not be married.
It is left up to the audience to work it out and to decide if it is important or not. Much is left unsaid, but what is expressed lurches from English to French to Italian.
“Certified Copy” is one of 19 films in competition at this year’s Cannes film festival.