Japanese film director Hirokazu Koreeda talked about his latest film, "The Truth," which kicked off the 76th Venice Film Festival on Wednesday. His previous film, "Shoplifters," won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival last year.
"The Truth," starring French actress Catherine Deneuve, was shot entirely in France. Deneuve plays a legendary film star, called Fabienne, who publishes a memoir that leads to revelations about her family.
Deneuve and another French actress, Juliette Binoche, joined Koreeda at a news conference.
Koreeda revealed that he frequently consulted with Deneuve and other actors to complete the film script. He said the film was made with a strong sense of trust between himself and the actors.
Deneuve said that as the filming proceeded she gradually came to understand what the director wanted from her from his facial expressions.
Binoche said she finally realized her long-cherished dream of acting in a Koreeda film.
"The Truth" is one of 21 films in main international competition at the Venice festival. This is the first time that a film directed by a Japanese director has been selected to open the festival. Spectators gave Koreeda and the actors a big round of applause.
The prize winners will be announced on September 7.