Two-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi
’s psychological thriller “Everybody Knows
,” starring Javier Bardem
, Penelope Cruz and Ricardo Darin, is set to open the 71st Cannes Film Festival, Variety
” (“Todos Lo Saben”) will mark only the second Spanish-language film to open Cannes, following Pedro Almodovar’s “Bad Education
,” which kicked off the festival in 2004. It is also one of the few openers in recent memory not in either English or French.
The festival will likely make an official announcement about the selection of “Everybody Knows
” as the opening night film either later Wednesday or in the coming days.
The choice clearly reflects the outlook of Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux, who has aimed in recent years at kicking off the festival with films that bring together a critically acclaimed auteur, including the likes of Wes Anderson
and Arnaud Desplechin
, with an attractive, glamorous cast.
Iranian director Farhadi