Asghar Farhadi’s ‘Everybody Knows’ to Open Cannes Film Festival

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Asghar Farhadi’s psychological thriller “Everybody Knows”, starring real-life couple Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, will open the Cannes Film Festival.

The film, which also features “The Secret in their Eyes” star Ricardo Darin, will be the second film, which is neither in English nor in French, to open the festival after Pedro Almodovar’s “Bad Education” in 2004, the organisers said in a statement.

The film is a psychological thriller about a woman called Laura (Cruz) who journeys from Buenos Aires with her family to the vineyard where she was born in Spain for her sister’s wedding. Their intended celebrations are disrupted by unexpected events that expose a hidden past and change the course of their lives.

Produced by Paris-based Memento Films Production’s Alexandre Mallet-Guy and Alvaro Longoria of Spain’s Morena Films, plus Italian coproducers Lucky Red and Rai Cinema, the film will be released by Memento in France on May 9, the day after the Cannes red carpet premiere. North American rights are still available for the film.

This is the eighth feature film by the Iranian director, who is best known for Oscar winning films “A Separation” and “The Salesman”.

Farhadi and Mallet-Guy have previously worked together on The Salesman and The Past, with both films produced and distributed by Memento in France.

Memento Films International, which is handling international sales of Everybody Knows, has released the first trailer for ‘Everybody Knows’.

The film is already widely sold internationally: Germany and Austria (Prokino), Latin America (Leda Films), Japan (Longride), Benelux (Cineart), China (Hi-Show), Greece (Seven), Hong Kong (Golden Scene), Hungary (Mozinet), Israel (Lev), Poland (Gutek), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Aero Films), Russia and the Baltics (Mauris Films), Scandinavia (Scanbox), Switzerland (Frenetic), Taiwan (Movie Cloud), Turkey (Zeyno Films) and former Yugoslavia (Megacom).

Everybody Knows was filmed in Torrelaguna, a small town on the outskirts of Madrid. The film is entirely in Spanish, despite Farhadi not speaking the language. It will be the second Spanish-language film to open the festival, following Pedro Almodovar’s Bad Education in 2004.

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