The 71st Festival de Cannes will take place from 8th to 19th May and will open with Everybody Knows, the new film by Iranian director and screenwriter Asghar Farhadi, starring Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem. The movie will also be in the running for the festival’s top prize.
The pshychological thriller Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) tells the story of a woman played by Cruz who returns from Buenos Aires to her native village in Spain, near Madrid, with her husband and children – her husband being played by the Argentine star Ricardo Darín. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open, secrets that will completely change everybody’s plans and lives. The script is written entirely by Asghar Farhadi himself.
It is not the first time that the golden couple of Spanish-language cinema Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem meet on screen. They have actually starred in several films together including last year’s Loving Pablo, based on Virginia Vallejo’s bestselling memoir, about a journalist who falls in love with the notorious Colombian drugs lord, Pablo Escobar.
Asghar Farhadi is one Iran’s most renowned directors, who has made a name for himself with tense and carefully crafted stories both inside and outside his homeland. Farhadi won an Oscar and the Golden Bear at Berlin for his 2011 breakthrough film, A Separation, then two of his later films, The Past (2013) and The Salesman (2016), won best screenplay and best actor and actress prizes. Still, he has never taken the Palme d’Or, yet.
The film will open the festival on 8 May, where it will also be in competition for the Palme d’Or. It is only the second Spanish-language film to open Cannes, following Pedro Almodovar’s Bad Education in 2004.