Focus Features kicked off the Cannes 2018 market by acquiring opening night Competition entry “Everybody Knows,” starring Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz. The solid Spanish-language melodrama from Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi played well Tuesday night to mixed response from critics. UTA and Memento fielded multiple bids for the film — which did not go to Netflix– which screened for buyers ahead of Cannes.

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.

“Everybody Knows” is in the running for jury prizes …….

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