Costing $11.7 million and starring Spanish couple Penelope Cruz and Javiar Bardem and Argentinean actor Ricardo Darin, the kidnap thriller 'Everybody Knows' opened the Cannes Film Festival and was released by Memento Films Production in France the day after on May 9 in 350 theaters.
The festival has unveiled a rich roster of Gala and Special Presentations screenings for the 2018 edition that runs September 6-16. Among the world premieres are Felix Van Groeningen's addiction drama 'Beautiful Boy from Amazon' and based on the memoirs of David and Nic Sheff, with Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet starring.
Also in the world premiere mix are Steve McQueen's female-fronted thriller 'Widows' from Fox; Peter Hedges' mother-son story and Julia Roberts-starrer 'Ben Is Back', which LD Entertainment, Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are releasing domestically December 7; Barry Jenkins' 'Moonlight' follow-up 'If Beale Street Could Talk' from Annapurna; Dan Fogelman's romantic drama 'Life Itself'; and Claire Denis' 'High Life'.
A key pillar in the launch of awards season, Toronto is the first of the three early fall shows to reveal — although it kicks off after both Venice and Telluride.
Of the 17 Galas and 30 Special Presentations unveiled, this ﬁrst announcement includes 21 world premieres, seven international premieres, eight North American premieres and 11 Canadian premieres.
International premieres, whose billing suggests they could turn up in Telluride, include Jason Reitman's Gary Hart story 'The Front Runner' starring Hugh Jackman as the 1980s presidential candidate.
Two films already confirmed for Venice, Damien Chazelle's 'First Man' and Bradley Cooper's 'A Star Is Born', will travel from the Lido to Canada.
There are also a handful of titles that bowed in Cannes including Hirokazu Kore-eda's 'Shoplifters', Nadine Labaki's 'Capernaum', Eva Husson's 'Girls of the Sun' and Matteo Garrone's 'Dogman'.
The selection announced includes 13 features directed by women.
Piers Handling, CEO and director of TIFF, said, "We have an exceptional selection of ﬁlms this year that will excite festival audiences from all walks of life. Today's lineup showcases beloved auteurs alongside fresh voices in ﬁlmmaking, including numerous female powerhouses. The sweeping range in cinematic storytelling from around the world is a testament to the uniqueness of the ﬁlms that are being made."