Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem film to open Cannes festival

Paris — The Cannes Film Festival is opening with a Spanish-language film — a psychological thriller starring Penelope Cruz — the first time since 2004 that the star-studded event is kicking off with a movie that's not in English or French.

Organisers announced Thursday that Everybody Knows, by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, will open the 8-19 May festival.

The film follows family intrigues and the moral dilemmas of a woman whose life is turned upside down when she leaves Argentina for Spain. In addition to Cruz, it stars Spanish actor Javier Bardem and Argentinian actor Ricardo Darin.

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Farhadi won best foreign film Oscars for A Separation and The Salesman.

Cate Blanchett is leading the jury of this year's festival, which comes as the industry is under upheaval over revelations of sexual misconduct.

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