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First Look: 'The Artist' Director Michel Hazanavicius' Cannes Contender 'The Search' Starring Berenice Bejo

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist April 18, 2014 at 9:36AM

With the film shooting in secret last summer and fall, director Michel Hazanavicius has been keeping a close veil over his forthcoming "The Search," slated to play in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Now, that veil is slowly being lifted with the first official image finally arriving.
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The Search

With the film shooting in secret last summer and fall, director Michel Hazanavicius has been keeping a close veil over his forthcoming "The Search," slated to play in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Now, that veil is slowly being lifted with the first official image finally arriving.

What we do know is that the movie, announced with a 2hour and 29 minute runtime, is a remake of Fred Zinneman's 1948 film of the same name, and has Berenice Bejo in the lead role, with Annette Bening also featuring. However, the story and setting has been updated to reflect a more contemporary political backdrop, with "The Artist" director switching gears and delivering a wartime drama. The original film involved a Czech mother and son looking for each other after surviving a concentration camp, but "The Search" will take place in Chechnya, with Bejo as a woman working for an NGO. 

Can Hazanavicius turn some heads again on the Croisette after his silent movie sensation? We always like when directors take a big leap stylistically, so here's hoping the director nails it. No word on a release date just yet.

Michel Hazanavicius, The Search
Michel Hazanavicius, The Search
Michel Hazanavicius, The Search

This article is related to: Berenice Bejo, The Search, Cannes Film Festival


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