Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Cannes Film Festival opens with glitz and glamour

Cannes Film Festival opens with glitz and glamour

Everyone knows opening nights are a mixed bag.

Pahani's film Three Faces is in competition at the festival, along with Farhadi's Everybody Knows. Snowy Sundance is dicey, too.

Cruz and Bardem have collaborated on a number of prior movies, including Vicky Cristina Barcelona and The Counselor.

"We were very happy to see our movie open the competition, and, at the same, to see a deal that took years to reach broken by just one person was a bad event for my people", he said.

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"No, that will be once in a while if we feel it's right, like in this case", she said.

Panahi was sentenced to a 20 year travel ban by the Iranian government after being found guilty by authorities of committing "propaganda against the Islamic Republic".

"I have a life and then I have my job and that allows me to jump many times in one day from reality to fiction - I love that attractive dance back and forth from both dimensions", Cruz said. Absolutely. Do I expect and hope that that's going to happen in the future?

Farhadi added: 'It's a very unusual feeling for me to be able to be here whereas he can not be here. This is something I have difficulty living with.

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"It's wonderful he's able to continue his work in the face of such adversity". Though billed as a psychological thriller, Everybody Knows is more of an Agatha Christie-type whodunnit as it quickly - well, actually rather slowly - becomes clear that there may be more sinister layers into the identity of the culprits behind the kidnapping at the heart of the movie. "When I'm not working, I'm taking time to be a mother".

Cruz and Bardem have starred in nine films together, including last year's "Loving Pablo" by Spanish director Fernando Leon de Aranoa, in which Bardem plays infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and Cruz a journalist who falls in love with him. Joy turns to terror as secrets are unspooled and a kidnapping takes place.

Bardem and Cruz walked the red carpet at the opening night ceremony packed with French stars, from Jean-Luc Godard's "Pierrot Le Fou" star Anna Karina to Isabelle Adjani, which introduced Cate Blanchett's jury; Blanchett and Martin Scorsese officially declared Cannes 2018 open. The festival helped more than 300 films from the region reach completion, facilitated funding and partnership for a further 140, supported more than 200 talented Arab filmmakers through the Festival's Muhr Awards, and increased tourism throughout the city.

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