‘Everybody Knows,’ Cannes Opening Night Film, Sells to Focus

Focus Features has acquired “Everybody Knows,” beating out Netflix for rights to the opening night film of this year’s Cannes.The indie label will distribute the film in the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, select Asian territories and the Middle East, apart from Iran.

Focus had previously acquired rights in Spain last year.

The deal for “Everybody Knows” closed just prior to its red carpet premiere on Tuesday.The film is Asghar Farhadi’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning “The Salesman.” It stars real-life couple Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem.

Farhadi also oversaw “A Separation,” picking up another Oscar for his efforts.Focus was able to best the deeper-pocketed Netflix in the end because Farhadi and company wanted a traditional theatrical release.

Netflix debuts its films simultaneously on streaming platforms and in theaters.

The “Everybody Knows” filmmakers also believed that Focus, which just picked up

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