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Cannes Film Festival’s opening film: Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem in Asghar Farhadi’s Everyone Knows

Iranian film starring Spanish cinema’s golden couple will be in the running for the French festival’s top prize

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 April, 2018, 10:45am
UPDATED : Friday, 06 April, 2018, 2:11pm

The Cannes Film Festival will open next month with Iranian master Asghar Farhadi’s new film Everybody Knows, starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem.

The Spanish-language psychological thriller will also compete for the Palme d’Or – the first time in six years that an opening film will be in the running for the festival’s top prize.

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While Farhadi won an Oscar and the Golden Bear at Berlin for his 2011 breakthrough film, A Separation, he has never taken home the Palme d’Or, although two of his later films – The Past (2013) and The Salesman (2016) – won best screenplay and best actor and actress prizes.

Everybody Knows, which also features the Argentine star Ricardo Darin, tells the story of a woman played by Cruz who returns from Buenos Aires to her native village in Spain with her husband and children.

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Cruz and Bardem are the golden couple of Spanish-language cinema, and have starred in several films together including last year’s Loving Pablo, about a journalist who falls in love with the notorious Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar.

Farhadi, 45, one Iran’s most renowned directors, has made a name for himself with tense and carefully crafted stories both inside and outside his homeland.

The film will be released in France on May 9, the day after the 11-day festival begins.