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Netflix Boards BBC’s ‘The Serpent,’ Starring Tahar Rahim as Serial Killer (Exclusive)

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Netflix Boards BBC’s ‘The Serpent,’ Starring Tahar Rahim as Serial Killer (Exclusive)
Tahar Rahim will play French serial killer Charles Sobhraj in the BBC drama “The Serpent,” which Netflix is boarding as a co-producer. The streaming giant will play it in the U.S. and around the world.

Rahim (“The Looming Tower”) will star as conman and mass murderer Sobhraj, who was discovered and trailed by a young diplomat in mid-1970s Southeast Asia and who escaped prison more than once.

The eight-part series is written by Richard Warlow (“Ripper Street”) and based on the true story of how the elusive Sobhraj was caught and brought to trial. The drama follows a junior diplomat from the Dutch Embassy in Bangkok as he unwittingly walks into the web of crime that leads him to chase down the murderer in the twilight years of the Asian Hippie Trail.

The series will be directed by Tom Shankland (“The Missing”) and produced by ITV-owned Mammoth Screen
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‘Three Peaks’ Trailer: Bérénice Bejo & ‘Inglourious Basterds’ Alexander Fehling Star In Jan Zabiel’s Tense, Family Drama

German writer/director, Jan Zabiel likely is not a name that rings a bell with most film buffs, but there’s a chance that could change soon, given the actors attached to the former cinematographer’s upcoming and critically acclaimed new project. Starring Academy Award nominee Bérénice Bejo and Alexander Fehling, “Three Peaks,” which is being hailed as a tensely dramatic family vacation thriller.

Continue reading ‘Three Peaks’ Trailer: Bérénice Bejo & ‘Inglourious Basterds’ Alexander Fehling Star In Jan Zabiel’s Tense, Family Drama at The Playlist.
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Film Review: ‘The Sower’

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Film Review: ‘The Sower’
A different version of “The Sower,” Marine Francen’s poised and petite freshman feature, might have included the extended, rather remarkable story behind its literary source. Aged 84, former village schoolteacher Violette Ailhaud wrote her autobiographical short story “L’homme semence” in 1919, passing it to an attorney with clear instructions that it be given to her eldest female descendant in 1952, a full century after the events it documents; a curious, bittersweet tale of lost innocence and sexual conspiracy in a community of women, it remained in the family for half a century before being published, to steadily building acclaim, in 2006. Some manner of film adaptation was inevitable. Francen’s, however, honors Ailhaud by telling only the story she wrote, albeit with subtly modernized language and aesthetics, underlining its enduringly provocative gender politics in the process.

The resulting film is so delicately wrought and exquisitely visualized that the harsher, eerier details of
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Damien Chazelle Looks To Add Tahar Rahim To His Netflix Show ‘The Eddy’

We were already counting down to Damien Chazelle‘s Netflix series for a variety of reasons – a return to the musical genre for the director of “La La Land,” a setting in Paris, not having to leave our couch to watch it – but this Variety exclusive ups our anticipation level. Tahar Rahim is now in discussions to join the Oscar-winning filmmaker on “The Eddy.”

Read More: ‘La La Land’ Director Damien Chazelle Heads To Netflix With Musical Series ‘The Eddy

If you’re unfamiliar with Tahar Rahim, the French actor first attracted attention in 2009 for Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet,” and he’s been a fixture in international auteurs’ work ever since, most notably in Asghar Farhadi‘s “The Past.” This won’t be Rahim’s first small-screen excursion though; TV viewers may have spotted him in Hulu‘s “The Looming Tower” or SundanceTV‘s “The Last Panthers.” Jack Thorne (“Wonder,
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Tahar Rahim in Talks to Star in Damien Chazelle’s Netflix Show ‘The Eddy’ (Exclusive)

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Tahar Rahim in Talks to Star in Damien Chazelle’s Netflix Show ‘The Eddy’ (Exclusive)
Tahar Rahim, the French actor currently appearing in the Berlinale opening film “The Kindness of Strangers,” is in negotiations to star in Damien Chazelle’s highly anticipated Netflix series “The Eddy,” Variety has learned.

A Paris-set musical series written by Jack Thorne (“National Treasure”), “The Eddy” will revolve around a club, its owner, the house band, and the chaotic city that surrounds them. The series is expected to start shooting on location in Paris later this year.

Chazelle, the Oscar-winning director of “La La Land” and “First Man,” will direct several episodes of the series, on top of exec-producing. Glen Ballard, the composer and producer of Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” and Michael Jackson’s “Bad,” is composing the original score for the series and will also exec-produce it, along with Alan Poul.

Some episodes will be directed Houda Benyamina, several sources say. Benyamina helmed “Divines,” which world premiered
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Everybody Knows (Todos Lo Saben) | Review

Irene So Far Away: Farhadi Stumbles with Spanish Soap Opera

Two-time Oscar-winning Iranian auteur Asghar Farhadi (A Separation; The Salesman) makes his Spanish-language debut with Everybody Knows, a high-profile thriller headlined by celebrity couple Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz. Penned by Farhadi, who once again employs familiar tactics of familial dissent catalyzed by on off-screen event which causes a ripple effect of discord, his latest chamber drama masquerades as an Agatha Christie whodunnit surrounding the kidnapping of a young girl during an elaborate family wedding. However, much like his overstated 2013 French-language drama The Past, Farhadi seems less adroit at conveying subtleties when forced outside of Farsi by spelling out the obvious when it comes to characterization and narrative development.…
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Penélope Cruz Says She Spent Months in ‘Terrifying Pain’ for ‘Everybody Knows’

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Penélope Cruz Says She Spent Months in ‘Terrifying Pain’ for ‘Everybody Knows’
This story about Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem and “Everybody Knows” first appeared in TheWrap’s magazine’s 2018 Cannes issue.

On the day that Penélope Cruz ended up in an ambulance on the set of “Everybody Knows,” she found out just what kind of director Asghar Farhadi is.

In the film, the opening-night attraction at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Cruz plays a woman whose teenage daughter abruptly disappears under mysterious circumstances during a wedding celebration. She spends most of the film in a state of panic and desperation, enlisting the help of an old flame played by her real-life husband, Javier Bardem.

“All of my scenes were very intense,” Cruz told TheWrap. “In one scene I have a panic attack in the car, and I ended up in an ambulance myself. It was just from hyperventilation and from my blood sugar going very high from the stress of the scene.
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‘Everybody Knows’ Film Review: Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem Shine in Strong, Disquieting Thriller

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‘Everybody Knows’ Film Review: Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem Shine in Strong, Disquieting Thriller
Asghar Farhadi’s “Everybody Knows,” which launched the 2018 Cannes in May, transplants many of the Iranian director’s usual concerns to a small village in Spain. The advance word called it a psychological thriller, and it does contain some thriller elements such as a crime and a race against time to save a young girl who’s gone missing.

But this is not Farhadi doing a genre exercise; as is most of his work, “Everybody Knows” is a quietly gripping examination of societal divisions, of class, of secrets that bind us together and pull us apart. And it’s about what happens when secrets aren’t really secrets, when “everybody knows” — or suspects, or at least gossips.

Many of those secrets swirl around Laura and Paco, played by Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem. She’s a woman from the village who has been living with her husband and children in Argentina for years,
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New Trailer For ‘Everybody Knows’ From Acclaimed Filmmaker Asghar Farhadi

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Universal Pictures has released a brand new trailer for 2018 Cannes opener Everybody Knows from acclaimed filmmaker Asghar Farhadi.

Universal Pictures and Memento Films present Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) starring Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem. Written by Asghar Farhadi and produced by the team behind the Academy Award®-winning The Salesman and the acclaimed drama The Past, Everybody Knows in an unforgettable portrait of love, loss, and betrayal.

The film follows Laura (Cruz) on her travels from Argentina to her small home town in Spain for her sister’s wedding, bringing her two children along for the occasion. Amid the joyful reunion and festivities, the eldest daughter is abducted. In the tense days that follow, various family and community tensions surface and deeply hidden secrets are revealed.

Everybody Knows will be released in cinemas on the 8th March 2019. Here’s the new trailer.

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‘Everybody Knows’ Trailer: Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem Team Up to Fall Apart

‘Everybody Knows’ Trailer: Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem Team Up to Fall Apart
Asghar Farhadi puts Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem through an emotional crisis in the upcoming “Everybody Knows.” The drama opened the Cannes Film Festival this year and will hit theaters in 2019, courtesy of Focus Features. While Farhadi has often competed for the Oscar as Iran’s official submission (he most recently won with “The Salesman” in 2017), “Everybody Knows” is a Spanish-language film and was thus passed over this year in favor of Vahid Jalilvand’s “No Date – No Signature.”

The official synopsis from Focus Features reads: “The film follows Laura (Cruz) on her travels from Argentina to her small home town in Spain for her sister’s wedding, bringing her two children along for the occasion. Amid the joyful reunion and festivities, the eldest daughter is abducted. In the tense days that follow, various family and community tensions surface and deeply hidden secrets are revealed.”

IndieWire’s Eric Kohn called
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‘The Artist’s’ Berenice Bejo to Star in ‘Josephine and Napoleon’ Series (Exclusive)

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‘The Artist’s’ Berenice Bejo to Star in ‘Josephine and Napoleon’ Series (Exclusive)
Oscar-nominated actress Berenice Bejo (“The Artist”) is set to headline “Josephine and Napoleon,” an English-language period drama series created by British showrunner Tony Saint (“Das Boot”).

Now in development, the eight-part series is being produced by the well-established British company Ecosse Films and Pascal Breton’s Paris-based Federation Entertainment for the network France Televisions, which is also co-producing.

The show is based Andrew Roberts’ “Napoleon: A Life” and Kate Williams’ “The Dangerous Life of Josephine Bonaparte.” It will be directed by a French and English filmmaker duo who will be announced at a later stage, along with a French writer who will be working with Saint.

Bejo, who earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist” and won best actress at Cannes for Asghar Farhadi’s “The Past,” will play Josephine, Napoleon Bonaparte’s first wife, lover, and muse.

Josephine de Beauharnais, a mischievous aristocrat born in the French West Indies,
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Asghar Farhadi On Working with Spanish Royalty Javier Bardem And Penélope Cruz For Kidnap Thriller ‘Everybody Knows’ – Toronto Studio

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Asghar Farhadi On Working with Spanish Royalty Javier Bardem And Penélope Cruz For Kidnap Thriller ‘Everybody Knows’ – Toronto Studio
Like its director, Asghar Farhadi’s new film made its Toronto debut after racking up quite a few air miles, having premiered as the opening attraction at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. His second film, after 2013’s The Past, to be filmed in a foreign land, Everybody Knows sees the Iranian director teaming up with Spanish cinema legends Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz—who accompanied him to the Deadline studio—to tell the story of a kidnapping in a small village in rural Spain.

Asked about the inspiration for the thriller, which takes place at a family wedding, Farhadi replied, “It comes from a trip I had to Spain with my family 15 years ago. My daughter was very small at that time, and she saw photos of a girl on the wall in the street. She asked my interpreter, ‘Who is she?’ and he explained to us that there had been a kidnapping.
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Hamptons International Film Festival Sets ‘Boy Erased’ As Closing Night Film

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Hamptons International Film Festival Sets ‘Boy Erased’ As Closing Night Film
Fresh off of its premiere runs at Telluride and Toronto, the Joel Edgerton-directed Boy Erased has been set as the closing night film for the 26th edition of the Hamptons International Film Festival (Hiff). The festival kicks off Oct. 4 and continues through Oct. 8.

Based on the memoir by Garrard Conley, the film stars Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and director Edgerton. The story examines a young boy’s story when his parents send him to a “healing refuge” to cure his homosexual “disease.” Author Conley is scheduled to appear at this year’s Hiff.

Hiff has also announced this year’s “Breakthrough Artists” nominees which include actors Kayli Carter (Private Life), Cory Michael Smith (1985), and Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give). Previous recipients include Emily Blunt, Brie Larson, Adam Driver, Jessica Chastain, Mahershala Ali, Riz Ahmed, Alicia Vikander, Lupita Nyong’o, Emma Stone, Elisabeth Moss, Rooney Mara, Oscar Isaac,
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French mid-year box office report: admissions down amid heatwave and World Cup

Preliminary figures show admissions were down 1.9% for first six months of 2018.

A heatwave and World Cup fever, as the French team secured its place in the semi-finals of the World Cup, taking place in Russia throughout June and July, have dented France’s box office for the first half of 2018.

Preliminary figures released by the Cnc on July 6 showed admissions were down 1.9% for first six months of the year, coming in at 103m entries against 105m in the same period for 2017. On a sliding year basis, admissions for the 12-month period to end-June stood at 207.4m against 211m for the period in the previous year,
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‘The Looming Tower’ Star Tahar Rahim on Playing a Muslim FBI Agent Instead of a Terrorist (as Usual)

‘The Looming Tower’ Star Tahar Rahim on Playing a Muslim FBI Agent Instead of a Terrorist (as Usual)
A version of this story about Tahar Rahim first appeared in the Miniseries/Movies issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

When Tahar Rahim first met Ali Soufan, the real-life former FBI agent he plays in Hulu’s gripping limited series “The Looming Tower,” Soufan hit him with a pointed parting shot.

“He said, ‘And if you don’t accept this role, you will never again have the right to complain that you only get offers to play terrorists,'” Rahim said, laughing.

In fact, Rahim had complained about exactly that in the past. Although the French actor with Algerian ancestry had made a name for himself in such notable European films as Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet” and Asghar Farhadi’s “The Past,” he had spent fruitless years trying to land acceptable English-language projects.

Also Read: 'The Looming Tower' Author Warns Political Division That Led to 9/11 Flourishes Now
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‘Everybody Knows’ Review: Cruz and Bardem Navigate Asghar Farhadi’s Messy Melodrama | Cannes 2018

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about filmmaker Asghar Farhadi it’s that he’s inclined to construct morality tales (A Separation), his films often border on extreme melodrama (The Salesman) and he’s fixated with shooting in any sort of confined apartment, home or dwelling (The Past). It’s no surprise then that those elements are all part of his latest work, Everybody Knows, which opened the 71st Festival de Cannes. This time, however, the Iranian filmmaker has ventured out of a Persian context and set his tale in a small village in the countryside of Spain …
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‘Everybody Knows’: Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz Conquer Cannes with Globally Appealing Film, Plus Equal Pay

‘Everybody Knows’: Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz Conquer Cannes with Globally Appealing Film, Plus Equal Pay
That’s the way Cannes is supposed to go: Debut your film on opening night at Cannes, sell it to Focus Features overnight, launch well in theaters in France, and meet cheers at the press conference the following day. Spain’s power couple Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz (who have been working together since “Jamón Jamón” in 1992), anchor Asghar Farhadi’s kidnap thriller “Everybody Knows,” which they helped him to develop over five years. Part of the appeal for Focus was its potential for Hispanic audiences.

At the Wednesday morning press conference, the Spanish stars thanked their Iranian director, whose films have won two foreign-language Oscars (“A Separation” and “The Salesman”), for his hard work, attention to detail, and ability to listen and observe.

“He has a lie detector,” said Cruz, who saw the film for the first time last night and also shared that she and Bardem accepted equal pay for the work.
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‘Everybody Knows’: Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz Conquer Cannes with Globally Appealing Film, Plus Equal Pay

‘Everybody Knows’: Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz Conquer Cannes with Globally Appealing Film, Plus Equal Pay
That’s the way Cannes is supposed to go: Debut your film on opening night at Cannes, sell it to Focus Features overnight, launch well in theaters in France, and meet cheers at the press conference the following day. Spain’s power couple Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz (who have been working together since “Jamón Jamón” in 1992), anchor Asghar Farhadi’s kidnap thriller “Everybody Knows,” which they helped him to develop over five years. Part of the appeal for Focus was its potential for Hispanic audiences.

At the Wednesday morning press conference, the Spanish stars thanked their Iranian director, whose films have won two foreign-language Oscars (“A Separation” and “The Salesman”), for his hard work, attention to detail, and ability to listen and observe.

“He has a lie detector,” said Cruz, who saw the film for the first time last night and also shared that she and Bardem accepted equal pay for the work.
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2018 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 1 – Asghar Farhadi’s Everybody Knows

Best known for winning a pair of Best Foreign Language Film for his films A Separation (2012) and The Salesman (2017) the festival opener slot and competition film (which lands domestically in France the day after) belongs to Asghar Farhadi‘s Everybody Knows. His third time on the Croisette after The Past (2013) and The Saleman (2016 – Best Screenplay winner), the Iranian continues to work outside his country of origin in his first Spanish language film.

If it were set in a train, it would be called an homage to Agatha Christie. Such as in his previous catch-22 films, couplehood…
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‘Everybody Knows’ Review: Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz Star in Riveting Kidnapping Thriller — Cannes 2018

‘Everybody Knows’ Review: Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz Star in Riveting Kidnapping Thriller — Cannes 2018
There’s a twist that arrives an hour into “Everybody Knows” that wouldn’t feel out of place in a telenovela. However, under the guidance of Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi, it’s just another piece of a beguiling puzzle. As with all the riveting dramas he’s produced over the past decade — “A Separation,” “The Past,” and “The Salesman” — Farhadi’s first Spanish-language feature explores fissures of family bonds as they threaten to fall apart. New cracks keep appearing in unexpected places, some more resonant than others, but they’re mere vessels for a fascinating deep-dive into the perils of hidden information.

Upping the ante with the explosive star power of Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz as his leads, Farhadi has also found the most accessible genre for his heady storytelling to date — the suspenseful mold of a kidnapping thriller. As usual, Farhadi builds his dilemma around a sudden inciting
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