Cannes 2010: Hollywood movies bookend a blue-chip lineup

Abbas Kiarostami returns to Cannes with his Certified Copy (Copie Conforme), starring Juliette Binoche. It's his first film to be made outside Iran and it has an intriguingly atypical storyline: an English writer on a book-tour of Italy meets a Frenchwoman and embarks on a romantic adventure with her. It certainly sounds much different from his previous film, also featuring Binoche: Shirin, a quasi-static evocation of the faces of Iranian women watching a movie. This film was considered to have somehow intuited, in an inspired way, the famous and tragic news photo of the "Angel of Iran", Neda Agha Soltan.

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