Italian producer Angelo Barbagallo has boarded Abbas Kiarostami’s “The Certified Copy,” starring Juliette Binoche. Pic is set to start shooting in March in Tuscany. Barbagallo is an award winning producer known for his collaborations with Italian filmmaker Nanni Morreti.
Barbagallo’s Rome-based Bibi Film will co-produce the Iranian auteur’s first feature shot outside his native country, and also his first work toplining a Western star, which Gaul’s MK2 is producing. Binoche will play a French art gallery owner who falls for an older novelist, played by French thesp Sami Frey, as they travel around the Chianti countryside. Binoche spent time in Iran with Kiarostami this month to prepare for her role, irritating local pols who are not pleased that the Iranian helmer cast Binoche, calling it “cultural destruction.” “Certified Copy” will be Kiarostami’s first feature since “Ten,” shot in 2002, which was about women in Tehran.