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Cannes 2018 Highlights: A Solid Opening Film and Some Promising New Talent — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast

Screen Talk, episode 197: While star power has come to the red carpet, the festival is already filled with some unexpected delights.

Thierry Fremaux, Martin Scorsese and Francois Erlenbach'Everybody Knows' premiere and opening ceremony, 71st Cannes Film Festival, France - 08 May 2018

Thierry Fremaux, Martin Scorsese and Francois Erlenbach
‘Everybody Knows’ premiere and opening ceremony, 71st Cannes Film Festival, France – 08 May 2018

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The Cannes Film Festival just started on Tuesday, but there is already much to discuss: The festival opened with major star power as Asghar Farhadi’s Spanish-language “Everybody Knows” brought Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz to the red carpet, and the movie sold to highest bidder Focus Features within a day. The stories didn’t stop there: Directors’ Fortnight kicked off with a Colombian film of note, while the competition highlighted a first-time filmmaker from Egypt. Journalists are still grumbling about changes to the press screening schedule, but so far, it hasn’t disrupted a fast-paced environment in which every day brings a new wave of buzz.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson sit down at their Cannes apartment to discuss the beginning of the festival and anticipate the films around the corner. They also tease next week’s edition, which will be recorded in front of a live audience at Cannes in the American Pavilion on Thursday, May 17 at 11am.

Listen to the full episode below.


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