Starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, Everybody Knows will open the 71st Cannes Film Festival in Competition on May 8, 2018.
Cruz stars as Laura, the matriarch of a quaint Buenos Aires family. With her husband and kids in tow, Laura's life is changed on the evening of a family celebration in her native Spanish village. The twists and turns involved are the meat to director Asghar Farhadi's screenplay.
The film was shot completely in Spanish on the Iberian Peninsula. According to the Cannes Festival press release, this marks the first film to open the festival in a language other than English or French since Pedro Almodovar's Bad Education in 2004.
Farhadi is an Iranian director most known for his award-winning A Separation. The 2011 picture picked up the best film prize at Berlinale, as well as Foreign Film prizes at the Golden Globes, Cesar Awards, and the Academy Awards. Past Farhadi films to compete at Cannes include The Past and The Salesman (which also went on to win Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards).
Everybody Knows screens as part of the Opening Ceremony on May 8, 2018.
The 71st Cannes Film Festival runs May 8 to May 19, 2018.
This year's In Competition Jury is led by Cate Blanchett. The rest of the In Competition films will be announced on April 12, 2018.