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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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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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Penelope Cruz, Gael Garcia Bernal Among Additions to Spy Drama ‘Wasp Network’

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Penelope Cruz, Gael Garcia Bernal, and “Narcos” star Wagner Moura have joined Edgar Ramirez on the cast of the true-story spy drama “Wasp Network,” RT Features announced Tuesday.

Written and directed by Olivier Assayas and based on Fernando Morais’ “The Last Days of the Cold War,” “Wasp Network” tells the story of Cuban spies working undercover in the 1990s who uncover a terrorist network based in Florida with ramifications in Central America and with the consent of the U.S. government. Shooting is set to begin early next year.

RT Features founder Rodrigo Teixeira is producing alongside CG Cinema’s Charles Gillibert.  RT’s Lourenço Sant’Anna and Sophie Mas are executive producing. IMR International will continue sales to foreign buyers in Toronto, with CAA Media Finance handling the U.S. rights.

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Cruz is also set to appear in Asghar Farhadi’s “Everybody Knows,” as well as the spy thriller “355.” Ramirez, who recently starred as Gianni Versace on “American Crime Story,” will appear alongside Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt in Disney’s “Jungle Cruise,” which is currently filming.

Moura, who rose to fame for his performance as Pablo Escobar in Netflix’s “Narcos,” recently wrapped his directorial debut “Marighella,” and is currently filming the Netflix original feature “Sergio,” which he is also producing.

Cruz is represented by CAA and Untitled Entertainment; Moura is represented by UTA, Brent Travers and Greg Slewett of Bloom Hergott; García Bernal by WME; and Ramirez by Impression Entertainment, CAA and attorney Bob Wallerstein.

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Cannes Film Market ‘Healthy’ as New Players Fill Streaming Giant Void

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Predictions of the Marche du Film’s death were greatly exaggerated. While indie film prices have come back to earth after big-spending streaming giants rattled the ecosystem a few years back, industry players told TheWrap, the market at Cannes was buzzing this year from start to finish.

“A lot of times, people associate activity with the big players spending a lot of money and buying movies for big price tags,” Saban Films President Bill Bromiley told TheWrap from France on Friday.

“That can be a little misleading,” said the executive, whose company brought home five films — more than any other distributor to visit the festival this year.

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It was a polarizing year at Cannes, with no shortage of hemming and hawing about the state of affairs in the coastal haven. The headlines and soundbites came in waves saying anything from “Cannes is dead” to “Cannes needs to change” to “Cannes change is here.”  And depending on whom you asked, the market was abysmal or doing just fine.

Still, acquisition news seemed to come fast and furious out of the gate — and included at least two bidding wars that climbed into the eight figures.

And while recent big spenders like Netflix and Amazon were quieter, and The Weinstein Company MIA altogether, several major new players stepped up to make a big splash in acquisitions.

Saban started scoring on day two, taking the Gerard Butler psychological thriller “Keepers” and the Keanu Reeves romantic thriller “Siberia.” The spending spree continued with the ensemble romance “Berlin, I Love You” with Kiera Knightley and Helen Mirren, Nicolas Cage’s “Between Worlds” and the historical action film “Viking Destiny.” 

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Two rich deals came after all-night bidding (a welcome sight after the frigid pace of the market at Sundance): for Karyn Kusama’s follow-up to “The Invitation,” a cult-and-cop thriller starring Nicole Kidman called “Destroyer” that went for a reported eight figures to Megan Ellison’s Annapruna Pictures.

And Universal paid a reported $20 million-plus for North American rights to the star-studded spy caper “355” with Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Fan Bingbing, Marion Cotillard and Penelope Cruz. The studio beat out several studios for the yet-to-shoot production, including suitor Amazon Studios. Sales rep FilmNation also sold many international territories in million-dollar deals, an individual familiar with the negotiations told TheWrap.

“Climax” sold to A24

After a splashy showing at February’s Berlin Film Festival, Global Road made good on its promise to be an active player under new boss Rob Friedman. The studio, rebranded and expanded from Open Road, paid an undisclosed amount for rights to a new take on “The Secret Garden” starring Colin Firth and Julie Walters. The film came fully financed from Studiocanal.

There were also a few sacred cows to be had. Magnolia Pictures took Hirokazu Kore-eda’s
“Shoplifters” only 24 hours before it won the festival’s highest honor, the Palme d’Or.  A24 nabbed Gaspar Noe’s dancing horror fever dream “Climax,” well before it would land him the top honor in the Directors’ Fortnight section. “BlacKkKlansman,” which won Spike Lee the Grand Prix, was presold to Focus.

Focus also scooped up Asghar Farhadi’s opening night film “Everybody Knows,” starring real-life couple Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. Sony Pictures Classics took the devastating awards hopeful “Capernaum” from director Nadine Labaki. Both deals were a reported low-seven figures.

Bleecker Street won the brutal survival story “Arctic” with Mads Mikkelsen. Tom Quinn’s Neon made its first ever Cannes purchase with the horror tale “Border,” from the author of  “Let the Right One In.”

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The streaming companies weren’t entirely absent. While Netflix publicly ghosted the festival in April after bylaws were changed to require a French theatrical release for all competition films, Ted Sarandos’ team couldn’t resist buying a bit of prestige.

The streaming giant bought “Happy as Lazzaro,” which premiered in competition and was awarded Best Screenplay for Alice Rohrwacher, as well as Lukas Dhont’s “Girl,” which won the Camera d’Or for best first film and best actor for star Victor Polsterin the Un Certain Regard section.

Amazon Studios brought the rousing period drama “Cold War,” directed by Oscar winner Pawel Pawlikowski, to the competition after acquiring it last summer.

Before the Marche du Film opened, experts warned us the buyers would be cautious. But that doesn’t mean stagnant, Bromiley concluded.

“There are a lot of projects out there, and we had to dig a little deeper this year. That’s been for the past few years, it used to come a lot easier. But the market is very healthy on the domestic side, and obviously our sales reflect that,” he said.

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