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  • Atypical
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    This is the new film by acclaimed Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (“A Separation,” “The Salesman”). It’s opening at 71st Annual Cannes Film Festival as well as playing in competition.

    “Everybody Knows” will mark the second opening film that is neither in English nor in French since Pedro Almodóvar’s “Bad Education” in 2004. The last movie which opened the festival and competed was Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” in 2012.

    Starring Oscar winners (and married couple) Penelope Cruz & Javier Bardem. Trailer was released today. Both actors just entered the Oscar race with this. It’s the best I’ve seen Cruz since “Volver” (though I haven’t caught up on the Versace limited series yet, and I’m fully supportive of her Oscar win for “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”). I’ll watch just about anything Bardem is in, so I’m excited.

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    This should be an interesting watch. According to imdb, Everybody Knows tells the story of Carolina, a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, returns to her hometown outside Madrid with her Argentinian husband and children. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open.

    The most intriguing aspect of the film, for me, is that the shoot was in Spain and all dialogue is in Spanish. Director Asghar Farhadi doesn’t speak the language but according to an interview published in Variety, “He has a wonderful intuition and a talent for listening to the music of words.”

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    Foolio
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    Which country would this film represent in the Foreign Language category at the Oscars? France? Spain? Italy? Iran?

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    Teridax
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    I loved A Separation, hated About Elly, and still haven’t seen The Salesman, so I will be going into this one with a very open mind.

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    Jake
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    This is the new film by acclaimed Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (“A Separation,” “The Salesman”). It’s opening at 71st Annual Cannes Film Festival as well as playing in competition.

    “Everybody Knows” will mark the second opening film that is neither in English nor in French since Pedro Almodóvar’s “Bad Education” in 2004. The last movie which opened the festival and competed was Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” in 2012.

    Starring Oscar winners (and married couple) Penelope Cruz & Javier Bardem. Trailer was released today. Both actors just entered the Oscar race with this. It’s the best I’ve seen Cruz since “Volver” (though I haven’t caught up on the Versace limited series yet, and I’m fully supportive of her Oscar win for “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”). I’ll watch just about anything Bardem is in, so I’m excited.

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    https://youtu.be/vi9eISYrwXE

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    1) What was the last opening film NOT in English, French and Spanish, though?
    2) Cruz might be at her best since “Volver” but it’s a no-brainer – she’s always at her best when she can speak in her native tongue. At one point in the trailer she’s using this hoarse voice that she used while playing Donatella Versace and we’ll get to see whether it works in the context of the scene.

    Judging by the trailer I’m having mixed, ambivalent feelings. Farhadi is one of my favorite filmmakers and premise of him doing film in Spanish with Cruz and Bardem is very intriguing. On the other hand, the storyline seems like a mash-up of his previous movies, in particular “About Elly” (something drastic happens mid-point, ensemble gets to do some digging) and “The Past” (past lovers hide old feelings while dealing with stressful situation). I’m casually optimistic.

    If it’s submitted for FLF, I can’t see it representing any other country than Spain.

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    Atypical
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    There have been cases before of the country of origin’s language not being the one spoken in the film itself. It’s about who’s paying the bills in the end, I’m guessing, so Iran, unless Farhadi’s funding came from another country.

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    Jays
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    I’m pretty sure the buzz for this was bad, so I’m not getting my hopes up. We’ll find out soon though I guess.

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    I know a guy who’s seen this at an early screening and didn’t like it at all. The cast makes it a must-watch, though.

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