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Asghar Farhadi’s ‘Everybody Knows’ To Open This Year’s Cannes Film Festival

Everybody Knows, a psychological-drama written and directed by Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, will open the Cannes Film Festival on May 8.

A combined venture of Spanish, French and Italian production houses, the film sees actors Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz in titular roles, and the Argentinian actor Ricardo Darin in a major role.


Everybody Knows deals with the story of Penelope Cruz’s Laura, who visits her hometown with her husband and children, and encounters her teenage love interest, Paco portrayed by Javier Bardem.

Farhadi’s previous ventures have also won awards at the Cannes International Film Festival. The Salesman and The Past were nominated for Palme d’Or, but instead won Best Screenplay Award and Best Ecumenical Jury Award respectively. The Separation (2011) and The Salesman (2016) also won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Everybody Knows will be the second Spanish film to open the festival, following Pedro Almodovar’s Bad Education in 2004.

Watch the trailer of Everybody Knows here: