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Farhadi’s New Project Cinematographer Honored at Locarno Festival

Jose Luis Alcaine holding the Locarno Vision AwardJose Luis Alcaine holding the Locarno Vision Award
Farhadi’s upcoming film ‘Everybody Knows’ is a joint production of Spain and France and is due to be shot in Madrid from mid-August; it is a family drama and psychological thriller which will explore how the kidnapping of a young girl leads to the unrav

Spanish cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine, who is set to collaborate with Asghar Farhadi in his next film, was honored August 10 at the 70th Locarno Film Festival in  Switzerland, August 2-12, with the Vision Award for his technical achievements and advancements in film.

The prize is dedicated to those who have used their talents to trace new perspectives in the world of film.

“The film is not just storytelling, but first and foremost a gaze on the world, and that world sees the light thanks to artists like Alcaine, who can impress upon the film - and now on digital formats - both the tints and shadows of human skin and the extraordinary work of actors and art designers,” Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian said in a statement.

Best known for his works with Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, Alcaine, 78, has been instrumental in defining the original look of Spanish cinema starting in the early 1980s alongside such directors as Victor Erice, Fernando Trueba, and Vicente Aranda, Variety reported.

He is currently shooting Brian De Palma’s new thriller, ‘Domino’ and will soon be working on the next project by Iranian two-time Oscar-winner Farhadi, a Spanish production titled ‘Todos lo Saben’ (Everybody Knows) starring Spanish actor couple Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz and Argentinean actor Ricardo Darin.

 Spanish Project

It is a family drama and psychological thriller which will explore how the kidnapping of a young girl leads to the unraveling of family secrets.

“It is Asghar Farhadi’s most commercial film to date and I am looking forward to bringing it to the largest audience possible,” French producer Alexandre Mallet-Guy, said.

Memento Films Production, a French company directed by Mallet-Guy, has produced Farhadi’s previous works ‘The Past’ and ‘The Salesman’.

Farhadi is due to shoot in Madrid from mid-August and the picture will be his first Spanish-language film. Even without Almodovar, who was first said to produce the movie, his fingerprints are definitely all over the project. Composer Alberto Iglesias (who has scored nearly a dozen Almodovar films) is writing the music and Jose Luis Alcaine will lens the film.

A joint production of France and Spain, the film will probably have its premiere at the next Cannes Film Festival in May 2018.

Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’ won two awards, Best Screenplay for Farhadi and Best Actor for Shahab Hosseini, at Cannes 2016.


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