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Filmmaker Letter

Filmmaker Letter

The Truth

by writer/director Hirokazu Kore-eda

Hello to all of you who will be seeing my movie, The Truth, in America.

I am Hirokazu Kore-eda, the director of this film.

This movie was the first film that I made outside of my home country, Japan, and it was filmed in Paris, France.

As soon as I say this, I am asked, “That must have been a challenge?” To which I respond, “What makes you say that?” Then two things are usually brought forward. One is working with a film crew whose language and culture are different and the other is working with Catherine Deneuve.

In fact, both of these “challenges” were actually a great joy to me and it was an unexpectedly happy time in my life. This is not a lie. As the title says, it is The Truth.

On the first day of the film shoot, the crew, the cast and most of all myself instantly became big fans of Catherine Deneuve. I’m sure if you watch this film, you will understand this right away.

This project all began ten years ago with Juliette Binoche. In Japan, Juliette has always been greatly admired and considered the muse of cinema by my generation. We had become friends over time and she sent an invitation: “Let’s make a movie together.”

Then came Ethan Hawke, who I have liked over the years. We overcame many obstacles and with courage on his part, he participated in this film. Without him, the air, the light with which this film is infused would have been colder and flatter somehow.

With all three legends in place, the long road to completion began. I am deeply grateful for the cast and crew who did not give up, believed in me and worked with me patiently to bring this to fruition.

I am grateful to all of you who complete this process by coming to see my film.

This film is about a conflict between a mother and a daughter and the small reconciliation they arrive at. I have strived to make it the kind of film where on your way home after seeing it, you might just feel like meandering, maybe taking the long way home. A film that is not a shout with a loud voice, but a whisper in your ear. A film that is not an advertisement sporting a glaring electrical sign, but a message you find when you wake up with a little present by your pillow.

It would make me truly happy to know that The Truth would indeed be a film like this for you.

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