Iran’s Biggest Director Kicks Off Cannes the Same Day Trump Pulls Out of Iran Nuclear Deal squib

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The Cannes Film Festival got off to a respectable—if not particularly exciting—start with its opening-night feature, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s Everybody Knows.

Known for tightly scripted (and sometimes overly tightly wound) melodramas—especially the Oscar-winning A Separation—Farhadi’s latest effort is primarily of interest for the focused performances of the husband-and-wife team of Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, who receive solid assistance from the noted Argentinian movie star, Ricardo Darin.

It was a timely event, too, given that Farhadi, who declined to attend last year’s Oscars in protest of President Trump’s travel ban, premiered his film the same day that Trump announced the U.S. would be pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal.

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