EVERYBODY KNOWS (TODOS LO SABEN)
Laura (Penélope Cruz) has returned to Spain for her sister's wedding. The mood in her bucolic hometown is festive, and many faces from the past are present for the nuptials, including Paco (Javier Bardem), a longtime friend of the family. But when Laura's daughter goes missing late into the night of the celebration, and text messages arrive asking for ransom, the happy reunion takes a hard left turn into nightmarish territory. With EVERYBODY KNOWS, Iranian auteur Asghar Farhadi skillfully directs his most overtly suspenseful piece to date, keeping the screws turning while sacrificing none of the layered drama surrounding family and class for which he is known. Cruz and Bardem both turn in shattering performances, as Laura and Paco's complex history slowly emerges in the midst of crisis. – Beth Hanna
Asghar Farhadi was born in Iran in 1972. He studied at the University of Tehran, where he directed six short films and wrote and directed two television series. His films include the Oscar®-winning ABOUT ELLY (AFI FEST 2009), A SEPARATION (AFI FEST 2011), THE PAST (AFI FEST 2013), and THE SALESMAN (2016). He served as AFI Conservatory Artist-in-Residence from 2016–2017.