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Asghar Farhadi (R) and Javier Bardem
Asghar Farhadi (R) and Javier Bardem

N. American Premiere of ‘Everybody Knows’ at TIFF

Rich in insight, completely engrossing, and graced by dazzling, movie-star performances, “Everybody Knows” is a pure pleasure to watch

N. American Premiere of ‘Everybody Knows’ at TIFF

Acclaimed filmmaker Asghar Farhadi and the stars of his new film “Everybody Knows” Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem walked the red carpet at the North American Premiere of the film on Saturday at the Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.
The 46-year-old Oscar-winning director was joined by the Spanish couple Cruz, 44, and Bardem, 49, as they premiered their new movie at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, September 6-16.
According to the festival website, with two Academy Awards already under his belt (for A Separation and The Salesman), Asghar Farhadi has little else to prove, but he keeps pushing boundaries of the cinema world.
In “Everybody Knows” he shifts the location from his native Iran to Spain, and casts three of the most electric actors in Spanish-language cinema, Bardem, Cruz, and the Argentine star Ricardo Darín.
The Spanish-language film follows Carolina, a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, who returns to her hometown outside Madrid with her Argentinean husband and children. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open.
Farhadi builds this setup beautifully but he is interested most in what happens when the shine of the idyllic setting fades. Tightening the screws of his thriller plot, he reveals the events and betrayals that might have led someone to commit a crime.
As in his previous films, Farhadi shows an eye for social detail - the way a man can carry his peasant past with him even as he becomes a landowner, or a woman becoming a foreigner to her family just by moving abroad. Rich in insight, completely engrossing, and graced by dazzling, movie-star performances, “Everybody Knows” is a pure pleasure to watch.

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