Cannes: Hishow Takes Asghar Farhadi's 'Everybody Knows' for China (Exclusive)

Memento Films
'Everybody Knows'

The Beijing-based company plans to give the Cannes opener, which stars Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, a theatrical release in the Middle Kingdom later this year.

Chinese film company Hishow Entertainment has acquired Middle Kingdom distribution rights to the Iranian Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi's Everybody Knows.

Starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, the psychological thriller is the opening title of this year's Cannes Film Festival. Shot entirely in Spanish on the Iberian Peninsula, the film follows the journey of Laura (Cruz), who travels with her family from Buenos Aires to her hometown in Spain for a celebration — before the family reunion gets "disrupted."

Hishow, which previously acquired Ridley Scott's All the Money in the World for China and took stakes in two upcoming features from Nu Image/Millennium, says it plans to release the film theatrically in China this year. The pickup could be particularly well-timed: China's theatrical market has recently come to embrace more diversified international filmmaking, with titles such as the Spanish thriller The Invisible Guest ($25.9 million) and the Thai heist film Bad Genius ($41 million) pulling in substantial revenue in 2017.

Hishow acquired the China rights from Memento Films. Memento and UTA Independent Film Group are also representing the rights to the film in North America.

Cannes previously featured two Farhadi films in competition — The Past in 2013 and The Salesman in 2016. The latter pic won best screenplay honors at the fest, and followed that up with the best foreign-language film Oscar in 2017. It was Farhadi's second foreign-language film Oscar, following his win for A Separation in 2012.

A version of this story appears in The Hollywood Reporter's May 8 daily issue from the Cannes Film Festival. Click here to download.