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Cannes Film Festival 2018: Palme d’Or race has 18 strong entries – whose ahead?

Cannes Film Festival 2018: Palme d’Or race has 18 strong entries – whose ahead?
There are 18 films in competition will screen at the Cannes film festival this year. The 71st edition of the international festival in the south of France runs from May 8 to May 19. A filmmaker’s history at the festival offers insights as to who might be out front to take home the coveted Palme d’Or. Eight of the entries are by filmmakers that have had their work honored at past closing ceremonies. This year could definitely see someone new in the mix as four of the filmmakers are making their debuts on the Croisette while another four are having their films shown here in competition for the first time. The jury will be headed by two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett.

Below is a breakdown of the 18 films competing this year and the history of their helmers at the festival.

Stépane Brizé (“At War”)

When a company that has asked for
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Trailer Arrives For Cannes 2018 Opener ‘Everybody Knows’

Everybody Knows trailer

We announced just yesterday that Asghar Farhadi’s Everybody Knows will open the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, and now we can deliver the very first trailer for the film.

Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz lead the cast of the film.

Asghar Farhadi’s 8th feature film, shot entirely in Spanish on the Iberian Peninsula, charts the story of Laura, who lives with her husband and children in Buenos Aires. When they return together to her native village in Spain for a family celebration, an unexpected event changes the course of their lives. The family, its ties and the moral choices imposed on them lie, as in every one of Farhadi’s scripts, at the heart of the plot.

According to the official release from Cannes organisers, José Luis Alcaine is director of photography on the film (a regular collaborator of Pedro Almodóvar, Carlos Saura and Bigas Luna), the
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‘Everybody Knows’ First Trailer: Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem Unravel in Asghar Farhadi’s Cannes Opener

‘Everybody Knows’ First Trailer: Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem Unravel in Asghar Farhadi’s Cannes Opener
Married couples unraveling is a common story element in the films of Iranian Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi, and the director’s latest project, “Everybody Knows,” isn’t going to change that. The filmmaker’s first Spanish-language drama stars Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem. The first international trailer has debuted, and it makes it clear the narrative will require gut-wrenching performances from each actor.

Read More: Asghar Farhadi to Open Cannes 2018 With ‘Everybody Knows,’ Starring Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem

Everybody Knows” stars Cruz as a mother who travels with her family to her small hometown outside Madrid, Spain for a local celebration. After an unexpected event occurs, the family begins to unravel as they’re forced to make moral choices that could destroy them. Anyone who has seen “A Separation” and “The Salesman” knows just how effective Farhadi can tell a story like this one.

The movie will world premiere
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‘Everybody Knows’ Trailer: Asghar Farhadi Teams Up With Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem

Put simply, Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi is one of the greatest working filmmakers on the planet and he found some recognition in the appellation when his 2017 film “The Salesman” won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. And he did so without stepping a foot inside the Dolby Theater, refusing to attend the ceremonies due to the President Trump’s then-proposed Muslim ban. And it was his second Oscar win too, “A Separation” took the same prize in 2011.
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Asghar Farhadi’s ‘Everybody Knows’ to Open and Compete at Cannes Film Festival

Asghar Farhadi’s ‘Everybody Knows’ to Open and Compete at Cannes Film Festival
The Cannes Film Festival said Thursday that Asghar Farhadi’s psychological thriller “Everybody Knows” will play in competition as well as open the 71st edition of the event.

Everybody Knows,” starring Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Ricardo Darin, will mark the second opening film in recent memory that is neither in English nor in French, following Pedro Almodóvar’s “Bad Education” in 2004. The last movie which opened the festival and competed was Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” in 2012.

Written by Farhadi and shot entirely in Spanish, “Everybody Knows” follows the journey of Laura (played by Cruz), who travels with her family from Buenos Aires to her native village in Spain for a celebration. An unexpected event changes the characters’ lives. The family, its ties and the moral choices imposed on them lie at the heart of the plot.

Iranian director Farhadi achieved worldwide critical acclaim in 2011 with “A Separation,” which
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Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem’s ‘Everybody Knows’ to Open Cannes Film Festival (Exclusive)

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem’s ‘Everybody Knows’ to Open Cannes Film Festival (Exclusive)
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 has learned.

Everybody Knows” (“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
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Oscars: ‘Shape of Water’ Win Marks Awards Season Capstone for Venice Film Festival

Oscars: ‘Shape of Water’ Win Marks Awards Season Capstone for Venice Film Festival
Here’s a thought to chew on: It’s been 11 years since the best picture Oscar went to a film — Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed” — that hadn’t premiered at a film festival (though it did screen as a work in progress at the 2006 Toronto fest to select eyeballs). Prior to that, festival indies were the exception rather than the norm in the best picture race, which was ruled by the kind of big-studio prestige pics that didn’t need the momentum-building progression of a festival rollout.

Needless to say, a lot has changed at the Oscars (and, indeed, in Hollywood) this century, as the kind of tony, adult-oriented drama that tends to rule awards season has become largely the preserve of the independent realm. Film festivals, meanwhile, have been drawn ever more integrally into the Oscar dance: the imagined “official” kickoff of awards season may come with the early-fall trifecta of Venice,
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Films Boutique adds 'Season Of The Devil', 'Pig' (exclusive)

Films Boutique adds 'Season Of The Devil', 'Pig' (exclusive)
Lav Diaz title joins films from Markus Imhoof & Katharina Mueckstein.

Berlin-based sales outfit Films Boutique has added two Berlinale Competition titles to its Efm slate.

The company has boarded Season Of The Devil by Filipino master Lav Diaz. The love story is set in the darkest period of Philippine history, the Marcos Dictatorship, described as “a rock opera based on real events and real characters.” All territories are available excluding the Philippines.

Films Boutique has also picked up its first Iranian title, Mani Haghighi’s Pig, starring Leila Hatami (A Separation), Hasan Majuni and Leili Rashid. This dark, satirical comedy is about Hasan, a filmmaker blacklisted by the regime and forbidden from making movies. His wife seems to have fallen out of love with him, and his elderly mother is slowly losing her mind. Film directors across the city are being murdered one after the other, but the serial killer is inexplicably ignoring him. All territories are available
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Film News: 28th Festival of Films from Iran at Gene Siskel Film Center through Mar. 1, 2018

Chicago – In the last seven years, the work of Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has emerged internationally. His Oscar-winning film “A Separation” (2011) and “The Salesman” (2016) has launched his set-in-Iran films to a wider audience. The Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago has been highlighting the country’s cinema for years, and they present the 28th Festival of Films from Iran through March 1st, 2018.

Eight films will be shown throughout the month-long program, including “Ava,” “24 Frames,” “Disappearance,” “Negar,” “Tehran Taboo,” and ‘Waiting for Kiarostami.” For more information about the festival and the films, including tickets, click here.

’Ava’ is Part of the 28th Festival of Films from Iran at the Gene Siskel Film Center

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The Gene Siskel Film Center is part of the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, and presents film festival celebrations (including the Black Harvest Film Festival every August), restorations, cutting edge new
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Penelope Cruz to Receive Honorary Cesar Award

Penelope Cruz to Receive Honorary Cesar Award
Penelope Cruz will receive an honorary prize from France’s Academy of Arts and Techniques of Cinema during the 43nd Cesar Awards ceremony, France’s equivalent of the Oscars, on March 2 in Paris.

“Penelope Cruz has the talent to shine in international productions as much as in [smaller] films, whether [she’s working] for Ridley Scott, Rob Marshall, Kenneth Branagh, Sergio Castellitto, Fernando Trueba or Asghar Farhadi, with whom she has just wrapped ‘Everybody Knows’ (‘Todos Lo Saben’), which will come out in May,” said Alain Terzian, the president of the Academy of Arts and Techniques of Cinema.

In the statement announcing Cruz’s honorary Cesar, Terzian discusses the actress’s relationship with Alejandro Amenábar and especially Pedro Almodóvar, with whom she has done several films, including “Live Flesh,” “All About My Mother,” “I’m So Excited!,””Broken Embraces” and “Volver,” which earned her a best actress prize at Cannes in 2006 and an Oscar nomination.

Cruz eventually
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2018: #18. Asghar Farhadi’s Everybody Knows

Everybody Knows

Asghar Farhadi has quickly become the most prominent Iranian filmmaker over the past decade. After winning the Golden Bear at the 2011 Berlinale for his fifth film, A Separation, Farhadi’s title went on to collect an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, a feat he repeated in 2016 for The Salesman (read review).

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Variety Critics Name the 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2018

Variety Critics Name the 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2018
Variety polled its international team of critics, asking which films they were most looking forward to in the coming year. The results are diverse, ranging from likely blockbusters to potential Palme d’Or winners, although you won’t find a single comic-book movie on this list.

Annihilation” (Feb. 23)

Alex Garland follows his hit debut “Ex Machina” with a brainy horror movie about an all-female team of explorers who venture into a deadly environmental disaster zone. Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s award-winning trilogy, the nature thriller stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson and an iridescent mist that gives the air the sinister shimmer of an oil slick. — Amy Nicholson

Black Klansman

For many, the pinnacle of Spike Lee’s career to date remains 1992’s epic biopic “Malcolm X.” A quarter-century later, he returns to fact-based drama with the incredible story of Ron Stallworth (played by Denzel’s son John David Washington), an African-American police
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Foreign Film Upheaval: Why Esoteric Cultures Outpace European Mainstays at the Box Office

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Foreign Film Upheaval: Why Esoteric Cultures Outpace European Mainstays at the Box Office
In 2017, we’ve seen five specialized subtitled films gross over $1 million. But the languages aren’t French, or German, or from anywhere in western Europe: The winners are Turkish, Farsi, Yiddish, and Hebrew.

These films came from Turkey, Iran, Israel, and even the United States, and played at conventional “art house” theaters (as opposed to releases from India, China, Mexico, and elsewhere, which aim at ethnically similar audiences).

Once upon a time, $100 million and more (in adjusted grosses) was possible for films like “La Dolce Vita,” “Life Is Beautiful,” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”: more recently, “Amelie,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” and “The Motorcycle Diaries” easily surpassed $20 million. However, over the last few decades we’ve seen the subtitled market shift from decline to near collapse.

Read More:Why French Cinema Faces an Uncertain Future in America

What happened this year shows some revival in the market, but with some twists.
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‘No Date, No Signature’ (‘Bedoune Tarikh, Bedoune Emza’): Film Review | Venice 2017

‘No Date, No Signature’ (‘Bedoune Tarikh, Bedoune Emza’): Film Review | Venice 2017
Iranian cinema continues to draw large audiences at festivals, and Vahid Jalilvand’s second feature No Date, No Signature (Bedoune Tarikh, Bedoune Emza) was much applauded at its Venice Horizons bow. In the tradition of Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation, its story zeroes in on the class conflict between the rich and the poor and plays, less than convincingly, on the guilty feelings of a powerful forensic pathologist who is involved in an accident that may or may not have caused a child’s death. Lensed with great sensitivity and style and superbly acted, it has one drawback for Western audiences in its perplexing...
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Asghar Farhadi Begins Filming ‘Everybody Knows’ With Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz in Spain

Asghar Farhadi Begins Filming ‘Everybody Knows’ With Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz in Spain
Asghar Farhadi, the Oscar-winning Iranian director of “A Separation” and “The Salesman,” has kicked off principal photography on “Everybody Knows” (“Todos Lo Saben”), his psychological thriller starring Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Ricardo Darin.

Budgeted at 10 million euros ($11.8 million), the Spanish-language film is being produced by Alexandre Mallet-Guy at Paris-based Memento Films Production and Alvaro Longoria at Spanish outfit Morena Films.

Written by Farhadi, “Everybody Knows” follows the journey of Carolina as she travels with her family from Buenos Aires to her hometown in Spain for a celebration. Meant to be a brief visit, the trip is disturbed by unforeseen events that will completely change the lives of Carolina and her family.
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New to Streaming: ‘Punch-Drunk Love,’ ‘Free Fire,’ ‘The Salesman,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Best in Show (Christopher Guest)

Christopher Guest has had an exceptionally strong ’00s with A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration, and it remains to be seen how his upcoming Mascots will be received, but his arguable peak is still the gloriously funny mockumentary Best in Show. Guest’s other films have lovingly skewered egotistical oddballs and the insanity of subjective or objective criticism, so Best in Show is
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Emmy Preview: Stephen Colbert Will Bring Political Heat to Hosting Gig

Emmy Preview: Stephen Colbert Will Bring Political Heat to Hosting Gig
At the Primetime Emmy Awards last year, host Jimmy Kimmel put as fine a point on the Donald Trump phenomenon as he could. “Many have asked who is to blame for Donald Trump, and I’ll tell you who,” Kimmel said. “He’s sitting right there: Mark Burnett, the man who brought us ‘Celebrity Apprentice.’ Thanks to Mark, we don’t have to watch reality shows anymore because we’re living in one.”

It was mostly in good fun because at the time, no one thought Trump was on his way to becoming the 45th president of the United States. And in the midst of a highly combative election cycle, of course politics were going to find their way into the show.

Flash forward nearly a year and here we are. Late-night talk-show hosts have moved from stride to gallop in dressing down the current administration. Such series as “Black-ish” have tackled the zeitgeist head-on while others
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’24 Frames’ Cannes Review: Abbas Kiarostami’s Final Film Is a Wry, Touching Farewell

’24 Frames’ Cannes Review: Abbas Kiarostami’s Final Film Is a Wry, Touching Farewell
A new film from the gifted Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami would be a treat at Cannes under any circumstances — but Kiarostami’s death last July at the age of 76 added a particular resonance and sense of loss to Tuesday’s screenings of “24 Frames,” the master’s final film. The circumstances turned the film, a series of exquisite miniatures that would have been a wry and lovely piece of work under any circumstances, into a truly poignant farewell from a master. Among Iranian filmmakers, Asghar Farhadi has received more international recognition in recent years, including Oscars for “A Separation” and “The Salesman,
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New to Streaming: ‘Things to Come,’ Jacques Rivette, ‘I Am Not Your Negro,’ ‘Blow Out,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Blow Out (Brian De Palma)

In a career fixated on the machinations of filmmaking presented through both a carnal and political eye, Brian De Palma’s fascinations converged idyllically with Blow Out. In his ode to the conceit of Blow UpMichelangelo Antonioni’s deeply influential English-language debut, released 15 years prior — as well as the aural intrigue of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation, De Palma constructs a conspiracy
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Giveaway: Win Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar Winner ‘The Salesman’ on Blu-ray

One of the best films of last year, Asghar Farhadi‘s Oscar-winning drama The Salesman, arrives on Blu-ray this week. We’ve teamed with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to give away five copies to our readers. See how to enter below and all entries must be received by 11:59 Pm Est on Monday, May 8th.

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