Japanese Director Kore-eda presents family story to vie for Venice's Golden Lion

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Japanese Director Kore-eda's' film "La Verite" was among the 21 films competing for the prestigious Golden Lion award at the Venice film festival, which closes Saturday.
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Japanese film director Hirokazu Kore-eda stressed his interest in the family because it is the first entity that every human being gets into and where all the emotions are born: for some people it is an emotion of trust, for others it could be something different.

His film "La Verite" (The Truth), centered on a French family life, was among the 21 films competing for the prestigious Golden Lion award at the Venice film festival, which closes Saturday.

For his first movie directed outside of his native Japan, Kore-eda traveled to Paris to work with two of France's top leading ladies in "The Truth," a drama fraught with family tensions. Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche face off as mother and daughter whose fragile relationship resurfaces as they reunite when the former publishes her memoirs.

In his motherland Japan, he said, there are many mothers that raise their children on their own and society is not supporting them as it should. "I think it should be important to have a 'safety net' that could help these people."

In an interview with Xinhua, he stressed the differences between working in Japan and shooting in France.

"Normally the Japanese are not straightforward, including myself -- we use more silence, we tend to evade uncomfortable situations and, if needed, even leave the place. Because I was talking about (the life in) France (in the movie) I thought it was more important to have a clash of words among the characters," he said.

Kore-eda won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018 with his film "Shoplifters" and he won the Jury Prize in Cannes in 2013 with the film "Father and Son" (also known as "Like Father, Like Son.")  

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