In Cannes, making sure cinema isn’t lost in translation
CANNES, France (AP) — On one afternoon at the Cannes Film Festival last year, Massoumeh Lahidji could be seen on a rooftop terrace interpreting Farsi into English for the Iranian director Asghar...
Review: Farhadi channels Agatha Christie in Spanish thriller
There are few more seductive things to watch onscreen than a big, wine-soaked, multi-generational family wedding like the one that happens early in "Everybody Knows," Asghar Farhadi's new thriller set in a picturesque Spanish village.
Cruz and Bardem celebrate opening Cannes
Q&A: Iran’s Asghar Farhadi on the push and pull of home
CANNES, France (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival opening-night premiere of Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's "Everybody Knows" coincided almost exactly with President Trump's announced withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.
Cannes: Cruz, Bardem were paid equally for ‘Everybody Knows’
CANNES, France (AP) — Penelope Cruz says she and her husband Javier Bardem were paid equally for the Cannes Film Festival opener "Everybody Knows."
In the film, the Spanish-language debut of Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, Cruz and Bardem play former lovers dealing with the kidnapping of a daughter. Asked Wednesday at a press conference in Cannes if they were paid the same, Cruz replied, "Actually, yes."
Equal pay for Cruz on ‘Everybody Knows’
Farhadi calls on Iran to allow barred director to Cannes
CANNES, France (AP) — Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi has called on the Iranian government to allow his countryman and fellow director Jafar Panahi to attend the Cannes Film Festival.
Panahi has been barred from leaving Iran since being found guilty in 2010 for "colluding with the intention to commit crimes against the country's national security and propaganda against the Islamic Republic."
Arm in arm, Scorsese and Blanchett open 71st Cannes
CANNES, France (AP) — A Cannes Film Festival grappling with issues of gender equality and other winds of change was declared open Tuesday by Martin Scorsese and Cate Blanchett, arm in arm, before the premiere of Asghar Farhadi's "Everybody Knows."
Is Cannes ready to adapt to the age of #MeToo?
The experience of watching a few dozen or more films inside two weeks at the Cannes Film Festival can be jarring, exhilarating and exhausting — even for those who live and breathe cinema.
Jessica Chastain, an actress and regular attendee of the French Riviera festival, last year reflected on her time spent on the Cannes jury shortly after they selected Ruben Ostlund's "The Square" as the Palme d'Or winner. She was both overwhelmed and disappointed.
NEW YORK (AP) — "Solo: A Star Wars Story" will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, bringing a galaxy far away to the world's most prestigious film festival.
The French festival announced Friday that the "Star Wars" spinoff will premiere out of competition at this year's festival shortly before opening in French theaters on May 23. "Solo" opens in U.S. theaters on May 25.
PARIS (AP) — 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.
Organizers announced Thursday that "Everybody Knows," by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, will open the May 8-19 festival.
Iran’s Farhadi, absent at Oscars, pleads for empathy in win
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A political context larger than that of films themselves swept Iran's "The Salesman" into the limelight and effectively solidified its win in the best foreign language category at the Oscars on Sunday. Iranian astronaut Anousheh Ansari accepted the award on behalf of director Asghar Farhadi, who was absent from the ceremony in protest of Donald Trump's travel ban.
The Latest: ‘Zootopia’ wins animated film Academy Award
The Latest on the 89th Academy Awards (all times local):
"Zootopia" has won the best animated film Academy Award .
The Disney film tells the story of an earnest rabbit who is the first of her kind to become a police officer in a city in which predators and prey live together in a sometimes fragile peace.
The winner of the best animated short Oscar is "Piper."
Iran's "The Salesman" has won the Academy Award for best foreign language film.
Foreign language directors gather once more before Oscars
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — One day after the Oscar-nominated directors of foreign language films issued an unprecedented joint statement decrying what they say is a climate of fascism, five of them gathered Saturday at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to put the focus back on their work.
Iranian director sends video to message to US rally
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Oscar-nominated Iranian film director has sent a video message to a rally attended by celebrities and top talent agents. It's intended to thank the Hollywood community for its support during his boycott of the awards ceremony.
After U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order temporarily banning immigrants from seven Muslim majority countries, including Iran, Asghar Farhadi decided to boycott the Oscars.
Foreign film Oscar nominees decry ‘climate of fascism’ in US
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The six directors whose films are nominated for best foreign language film at the Oscars decried the "climate of fascism' in the U.S. and other countries, in a joint statement two days before the Academy Awards.
Iranian director to send prominent proxies to Oscars
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Oscar-nominated Iranian director has announced two prominent Iranian Americans will be representing him and his film "The Salesman" at the upcoming Oscars ceremony, because of a currently-suspended travel ban issued by President Donald Trump.
In message to Trump, London to screen Iranian Oscar nominee
LONDON (AP) — London's mayor says the British capital will hold a free outdoor screening of an Academy Award-nominated Iranian film whose director scrapped plans to attend the Oscars because of President Donald Trump's travel ban.
Mayor Sadiq Khan said Tuesday that Asghar Farhadi's "The Salesman" will play in Trafalgar Square on Oscars day, Feb. 26, to celebrate London "as an international hub of creativity and as a beacon of diversity."
"The Salesman" is nominated for best foreign-language film.
Iranian director to skip Oscars over Trump’s travel ban
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Oscar-nominated Iranian director said Sunday he will not attend this year's Academy Awards because of a travel ban imposed by President Donald Trump.
Asghar Farhadi, an acclaimed director whose film, "The Salesman," was nominated for best foreign language film, said the uncertainty surrounding his ability to travel to the United States was "in no way acceptable," and that he would not attend next month's ceremony even if an exception to the ban were possible.
Film academy troubled by possible visa ban of Oscar nominee
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The motion picture academy calls "extremely troubling," the possible visa ban of Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, whose feature film "The Salesman" is nominated for a best foreign language Oscar.
Review: In ‘The Salesman,’ echoes of Arthur Miller in Tehran
Even as Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi layers his films with complexity — with characters whose intimacies are crowded by politics, society and the past — his command of narrative is utterly total. You get the impression he could direct his way out of any labyrinth, that his camera — cool and composed — could travel through a briar patch without so much as a scratch.
Iranian actress boycotts Oscars to protest Trump
NEW YORK (AP) — Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti, star of the Oscar-nominated "The Salesman," says she won't attend the Academy Awards in protest of President Donald Trump's immigration policies.
Alidoosti called plans for a temporary visa ban of Iranians "racist" in a message posted Thursday on Twitter. "The Salesman," directed by Asghar Farhadi, was on Tuesday nominated for best foreign language film.
Iran nominates Farhadi’s “The Salesman” for 2017 Oscar
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has nominated a film by the country's Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi for the next Academy Awards.
The Saturday report says the Farabi Foundation, affiliated to Iran's Culture Ministry, chose "The Salesman," which won two prizes at the Cannes film festival in May.
Lead actor Shahab Hosseini won a Palme d'Or for best actor and Farhadi won the award for best screenplay.