The latest film from Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, widely considered one of the world's greatest filmmakers, begins as a deceptively simple story about a British author (played by opera singer William Shimell in his first film role) who meets a French shop owner (the iconic and preternaturally radiant Juliette Binoche, who won the award for Best Actress at this year's Cannes for this role). 

They spend a day together in a beautiful Tuscan village. 

But this story, and its characters, suddenly shifts. What exactly is happening? It's open to interpretation. 

Kiarostami, an inveterate experimenter with cinematic form whose films also pack an emotional wallop, speaks to FPS – but don't expect any simple answers.

And William Shimell joins Al Jazeera's head of entertainment, Amanda Palmer, and the FPS audience for a Q+A about meeting the daunting challenge of being a first-time actor working with two international legends. 

Outrage is Beat Takeshi's latest film

Beat Takeshi

Japanese multi-talent Takeshi Kitano, better known internationally as Beat Takeshi, has succeeded at just about every known cultural endeavour, from filmmaking and television presenting to poetry, painting, and way beyond – even tap dancing.

He made his mark throughout the 90's by directing and starring in a series of stylishly violent films in which he played gangsters (Yakuza) and sadistic cops. 

But this past decade has seen him getting away from the tough stuff and pursuing more comedies and drama – for which his worldwide fans have despaired, it must be said.

But with his latest film, "Outrage," the old Beat – playing a scheming Yakuza boss – is back. He talks to FPS about adjusting his trademark taciturn style to freshen things up a bit, he names the one thing that he hasn't done, and he reveals what makes him crack his famous deadpan.

Boy has already become New Zealand's biggest home-grown hit


New Zealand's Taika Waititi brought his quirk-tastic first feature Eagle Versus Shark, starring Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords, to FPS for a special screening and Q+A. 

His second feature, Boy, has already become New Zealand's biggest ever home-grown hit, and it's not hard to see why. 

It brings fantasy, comedy, music, dancing, and a lot of heart to the story of a young boy who's reunited with his estranged (and strange) father. 

Waititi talks to FPS about his influences, including the one that pervades BoyThriller -era Michael Jackson.

This episode of The Fabulous Picture Show can be seen from Thursday 19 August 2010, at the following times GMT: Thursday: 0600; Friday: 0030 and 0830; Saturday: 1130 and 2330; Sunday: 0630 and 2130; Monday: 1430; Tuesday: 0530, 1230 and 1930; Wednesday: 0300; Thursday 0030.

Source: Al Jazeera