Thursday, May 23, 2024

Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem Will Open Cannes Film Festival, Bringing Needed International Glamour to Red Carpet


The Cannes Film Festival will get a shot of glamour this season for opening night.

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, the hottest married couple of the international film world, will bring their new movie. “Everybody Knows.” It’s directed by Iranian Asghar Farhadi, a Cannes favorite whose last work, “The Salesman,” won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Farhadi’s film just previous to that, “A Separation,” also won an Oscar. And of course, Javier and Penelope each have Oscars.

Farhadi is Iranian, but “Everybody Knows” is mostly in Spanish with some English. It still doesn’t have an American distributor, but my guess would be that Michael Barker and Tom Bernard pick it up for Sony Pictures Classics before the Cannes opener. They’ve released films from Farhadi, Cruz and Bardem for a long time. Who better to do this one?

“Everybody Knows” will be the first Spanish film to open Cannes since Pedro Almodovar’s “Bad Education” in 2004. Almodovar, of course, is what brought Cruz and Bardem together in the first place.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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