‘Everybody Knows’ Asi Asi In Debut, Oscar Shorts Score $912K – Specialty Box Office

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UPDATED with more info: Focus Features bowed Everybody Knows laid claim to the highest per-screen average of the weekend at the specialty box office. The Cannes-opening film directed by Oscar-winning Iranian helmer Asghar Farhadi and starring Penélope …

Oscar Short Film Showcase Enjoys Widest Opening at Indie Box Office

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With two weekends to go until the Oscars, the indie box office saw the annual release of this year’s nominated short films by Magnolia Pictures and ShortsTV. With a release on 265 screens, it is the widest opening for the shorts showcase since Magnolia Pictures began distributing the nominees in 2005.

This weekend, screenings for the live action, animated and documentary categories combined for a total of $912,000. It’s the largest total in the history of the Oscar shorts showcase, and represents a per screen average consistent with years past with $3,442 per screen.

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Elsewhere, the largest per screen average of the weekend went to the Chinese sci-fi blockbuster “The Wandering Earth,” which was brought to 70 screens by China Media Capital. The film takes place in a distant future where advanced technology has been built to move the Earth out of the range of the growing, dying sun. It has made $2 million this weekend for a per screen average of $28,500.

Back on the domestic side, Focus Features released “Everybody Knows,” Asghar Farhadi’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning Persian film “The Salesman.” Starring Penelope Cruz as a mother who must deal with the kidnapping of her daughter and the reveal of uncomfortable family secrets that follows, the thriller made $75,000 from four screens for a per screen average of $18,750. Reviews were mixed, as it currently holds a 64 percent Rotten Tomatoes score.

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Finally, Gunpowder & Sky released “Lords of Chaos,” a dark comedy-drama from Jonas Akerlund that premiered in the Midnight section at last year’s Sundance. The film retells the true story of Mayhem, the Norwegian black metal band that became infamous after the death of two of its members; one by suicide and the other at the hands of the band’s bassist Varg Vikernes, who was imprisoned for both the murder and for burning down several centuries-old churches.

Released this weekend at four Alamo Drafthouse locations, “Lords of Chaos” grossed $28,086 for a per screen average of $7,021. The film has a 75 percent Rotten Tomatoes score and will be released on VOD on Feb. 22.

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‘Everybody Knows’, ‘The Gospel Of Eureka’, ‘To Dust’ Among Weekend Arrivals – Specialty Box Office Preview

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Iranian-born director Asghar Farhadi is among an exclusive group of filmmakers to win the Best Foreign Language Oscar twice. For his latest film, Everybody Knows, he’s cast Spanish-born Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem, with Focus Features opening the l…

Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem Are Under Pressure in Tense ‘Everybody Knows’ English Trailer (Video)

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Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem have told TheWrap how they were in “terrifying pain” while shooting their latest film, “Everybody Knows.” And in this first English language trailer for the film, that intensity shows.

Asghar Farhadi’s “Everybody Knows” is in Spanish, but Bardem narrates the opening to this first trailer in English, which is followed by an otherwise dialogue-free but none the less gripping first look.

“Sometimes the past, doesn’t always stay in the past,” Bardem says over an image of Cruz creeping into a dark attic before shrieking in agony.

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The film is about a woman who returns to her hometown near Madrid, Spain, for her sister’s wedding, but endures a state of panic when the sibling goes missing. Ricardo Darin also co-stars.

“Everybody Knows” is the Iranian director Farhadi’s foll0w-up to “The Salesman,” and before that “A Separation,” both of which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. After playing on the opening night of Cannes, which our critic referred to as one of the strongest opening night films in many years of the festival, “Everybody Knows” was picked up by Focus Features, who will open it for a brief, Oscar qualifying run beginning Nov. 30.

The film will open wide starting on Feb. 8, 2019. Watch the first trailer above:

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Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem Film ‘Everybody Knows’ to Open in Time for Oscars

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“Everybody Knows,” the Spanish-language psychological thriller from Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi, will be released in theaters on Feb. 8, 2019, with a brief awards qualifying run beginning Nov. 30, the studio announced on Friday.

Focus Features picked up rights to the film ahead of its premiere opening-night screening at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival back in May.

The film, which stars Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem, is director Farhadi’s follow-up to his 2016 Oscar-winning foreign language film “The Salesman.” Farhadi also previously won the best foreign-language film Oscar for “A Separation.”

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“Everybody Knows” follows Laura (Cruz) on her travels from Argentina to her small home town in Spain for her sister’s wedding, bringing her two children along for the occasion. Amid the joyful reunion and festivities, the eldest daughter is abducted. In the tense days that follow, various family and community tensions surface and deeply hidden secrets are revealed.

The film was is produced by Alexandre Mallet-Guy of Memento Films and Álvaro Longoria of Morena Films.

Focus acquired the rights to distribute in the United States, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, select Asian territories and the Middle East, apart from Iran. The film received rave reviews after its premiere screening.

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Cruz told TheWrap that the film was one of the most painful experiences she’s had as an actress.

“All of my scenes were very intense,” Cruz told TheWrap in a magazine cover story. “In one scene I have a panic attack in the car, and I ended up in an ambulance myself. It was just from hyperventilation and from my blood sugar going very high from the stress of the scene. I remember getting out of the ambulance, and Asghar made sure I was OK.”

She paused. “And then he asked me for one more take.”

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‘Everybody Knows’: Penélope Cruz-Javier Bardem Thriller From Asghar Farhadi Set For February

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Focus Features has set a February 8 limited release for Everybody Knows (Todos lo Saben), Asghar Farhadi’s psychological thriller starring Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Ricardo Darín that opened the Cannes Film Festival in May.
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Penelope Cruz on ‘Everybody Knows’ Director: ‘He’s Demanding in a Very Good Way’ (Video)

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Penelope Cruz says that her character Laura in the new film “Everybody Knows” is the most difficult role she’s played in her career. But she told TheWrap at the Toronto Film Festival that her performance wouldn’t have been possible without the “demanding” influence of director Asghar Farhadi.

“We all know he’s very special, very clever and very demanding. I say he’s demanding in a very good way. For me, that’s a virtue, not something bad,” Cruz told TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman. “I don’t think how I could’ve done that with somebody that didn’t have what he has.”

Farhadi, an Iranian director whose films “A Separation” and “The Salesman” both won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, returns with “Everybody Knows” about a woman who returns to her hometown near Madrid for her sister’s wedding, but endures a state of panic when her sister goes missing.

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Cruz, who stars along with her husband Javier Bardem, said that as soon as 15 minutes into the movie, enters into “such a horrible state of pain, desperation and horror.” She looked to the direction and writing of Farhadi to guide her through the experience.

“He needs to be very tough, he needs to ask you for the truth, and he was like that with all of us,” Cruz said. “He needs to tell you when something is not real and when you’re faking things and when things are empty. But he does it in a way where he’s so sweet and so respectful to everybody that you just want to give him your best.”

Bardem added that he worked closely with Farhadi to find the same nuance in his own character, who he described as a simple man, but was a no less complex character to create.

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“You don’t want him to look like a moron. Or you don’t want him to look like somebody who is too innocent,” Bardem said. “But he chose to be a person who gives, who takes care of the other, who really sees the other, rather than being too focused on himself. And we tried to achieve that soul of a man who is really there for others.”

Watch a clip from TheWrap’s interview above.

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Spanish Star Power And Oscar Winners Get 71st Cannes Film Festival Launched In Style

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Most years, the Cannes Film Festival opens with a forgettable film: the French melodrama “Ismael’s Ghosts” last year, Woody Allen’s “Café Society” the year before, the aggressively unpleasant “Standing Tall” and the risible “Grace of Monaco” in 2015 and 2014, respectively.

This year, though, Cannes opted to kick off with Asghar Farhadi’s “Everybody Knows,” which is a different matter entirely. The Iranian director is a master of examining the tensions of class and gender and detailing the large and small matters that can gnaw at people and at a society.

His Spanish-language film starring Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem is a worthy successor to the string of standout films he’s been sending to international festivals over the last decade: “About Elly,” which won the Silver Bear at Berlin in 2009; “A Separation,” which won the Golden Bear at that festival in 2011 and went on to take the foreign-language Academy Award; “The Past,” which won acting and screenplay honors at Cannes in 2016; and “The Salesman,” which also won the Cannes screenplay award and the foreign Oscar.

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“Everybody Knows,” which launched the 2018 Cannes on Tuesday night after a gala opening-night ceremony, transplants many of Farhadi’s usual concerns to a small village in Spain. The advance word called it a psychological thriller, and it does contain some thriller elements such as a crime and a race against time to save a young girl who’s gone missing.

But this is not Farhadi doing a genre exercise; as is most of his work, “Everybody Knows” is a quietly gripping examination of societal divisions, of class, of secrets that bind us together and pull us apart.

And it’s about what happens when secrets aren’t really secrets, when “everybody knows” — or suspects, or at least gossips.

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Many of those secrets swirl around Laura and Paco, played by Cruz and Bardem. She’s a woman from the village who has been living with her husband and children in Argentina for years, but who returns to Spain for her sister’s wedding. Played by Cruz, Laura is both a beloved member of this community and somehow apart from it; her resentments toward the people she left behind, and theirs toward her, aren’t always obvious, but they’re present.

Paco, on the other hand, appears to be a local farmhand working the vineyard when we first see him in sweat-drenched flannel. He looks completely comfortable as a laborer — but it turns out that this is his vineyard and his estate, and when his wife beckons him into the house to take a shower and change, it’s clear that he’s not quite as comfortable as he was out on a tractor.

We learn soon enough that Laura and Paco grew up together and were in love as teenagers, when her family owned the land and his worked on it. But at one point, Paco bought part of the estate from Laura at a good price, helping her out when she needed money but also prompting mutterings that he’d taken advantage of the family to attain his undeserved status as an estate owner.

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But the resentments only surface after a catastrophe. Laura’s daughter Irene (Carla Campra) feels ill during the wedding celebration and goes upstairs to sleep it off — but at some point, Laura realizes Irene is missing, which sends her into a panic that elevates to hysteria when she gets a text announcing that her daughter has been kidnapped.

In a way, this incident puts “Everybody Knows” in a league with Farhadi’s “About Elly,” in which a young woman disappears while on a beach trip with friends. Neither film was a whodunit by any means; Farhadi may eventually tell you what happened and who did it, but he’s far more interested in letting the dominoes fall and the buried troubles surface.

Laura’s feckless husband, played by Argentinian actor Ricardo Darin, is absent at first and then shows up to insist that God will take care of things, which enrages his wife. She turns to Paco for help, which begins to raise questions both in the minds of other characters and viewers. (Most of the latter, it’s safe to say, will be a step or two ahead of the former.)

Cruz and Bardem have acted together several times, both before and after they became a real-life couple, but they have rarely gone to these emotional extremes together. For Bardem, the anguish is largely internal — but as “Biutiful” showed, few actors are better at conveying the weight of the world in a furrowed brow or a slumped shoulder.

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For Cruz, meanwhile, this is a tour de force performance constructed from shades of anger, desperation and near catatonic grief, almost as exhausting to watch as it must have been to deliver.

Farhadi is a rigorous filmmaker but not a showy one, and “Everybody Knows” is as formally understated as it is emotionally wrought. Though Alberto Iglesias is credited with a score, the vast majority of the film unfolds in silence, the better to hear each panicked gasp or suffer through each pregnant pause.

Farhadi does not speak Spanish, and used two translators on the set to make himself understood by the cast. (They also spoke a lot of broken English, says Bardem.) He is perhaps a more incisive and cutting chronicler of his home country than of France or Spain; you can see why, after he made “The Past” in Paris in 2013, he felt he needed to return to Iran to make “The Salesman” before heading to Spain for “Everybody Knows.”

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But this is strong, disquieting work — and even when we get the kind of answers about what actually happened that Farhadi sometimes withholds in his films, it remains a dark character study of people who will never recover from old loves and old grudges.

It is also the most substantial film to open a Cannes Film Festival in years. The festival’s new policy of not holding press screenings in advance of public premieres meant that “Everybody Knows” was the only film screened in the Palais on opening day, a fact that led to more than a few grumbles. But if you’re only going to show off a single film, at least it was one that warranted this kind of spotlight.

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