“Certificated Copy” on Screen of Sanandaj’s Bahman Cinema
Art and Experience: The screening of “Certificated Copy” by Abbas Kiarostami has started from 1st August in Bahman cinema of Sanandaj.
According to the public relations of Art and Experience Group, “Certificated Copy” is going to be on screen in even days in this cinema at 7 PM.
British writer James Miller (Shimell) is in Tuscany to give a talk to a group about his new book, titled “Certified Copy”, which argues that, in art, issues of authenticity are irrelevant, because every reproduction is itself an original and even the original is a copy of another form. A French antiques dealer, whose name is never given (Binoche), attends the event with her 11-year-old son in order to have Miller sign several copies of the book she has purchased, but has to leave early because her son is hungry and becomes a distraction. She leaves her phone number with Miller’s translator.
Certified Copy is a 2010 art film by Iranian writer and director Abbas Kiarostami, starring Juliette Binoche and the British opera singer William Shimell, in his first film role. The film is set in Tuscany, and focuses on a British writer and a French antiques dealer, whose relationship undergoes an odd transformation over the course of a day. The film was a French-majority production, with co-producers in Italy and Belgium. As of 2015 and based on 121 reviews collected at the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 88% of the film’s American and British reviews were overall positive, with an average rating of 7.9 out of 10. The website’s consensus reads, “The main stars are absolutely perfect in this absorbing, existential drama that dissects human relationships.” In The Hollywood Reporter, Deborah Young called Certified Copy “a delicate, bittersweet comedy”. Young wrote that Binoche was given “a chance to display her noteworthy gifts as a comedienne, switching effortlessly from English to French and Italian to build a character that is resentful, manipulative and seductive all at once”, and that Shimell’s “elegant cool is very close to George Sanders'”, referring to Sanders’ role in Journey to Italy. Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian was less impressed: “It is a film that is pregnant with ideas, and for aspiring to a cinema of ideas Kiarostami is to be thanked and admired. But the simple human inter-relation between the two characters is never in the smallest way convincing, and there is a translated, inert feel to the dialogue.” Bradshaw rated the film with two stars out of five and went as far as comparing parts of it to “the work of a highly intelligent and observant space alien who still has not quite grasped how Earthlings actually relate to each other.”