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Next Up for 'The Artist' Director Michel Hazanavicious: 'The Search'-Inspired Chechnyan Drama with Bejo

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 9, 2012 at 1:57PM

Director Michel Hazanavicius has already followed up "The Artist" by directing a short film for "The Players," a French short film omnibus, due to be released next month, and now announces his next major project: A contemporary drama set in war-torn Chechnya, inspired by Fred Zinnemann's 1948 film "The Search"...
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Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche in "The Players"
Courtesy of "The Players" official facebook page Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche in "The Players"

Director Michel Hazanavicius has already followed up "The Artist" by directing a short film for "The Players" (aka "Les Indideles"), a French short film omnibus about infidelity, due to be released in France next month, which also boasts directors Emmanuelle Bercot, Fred Cavaye, Alexandre Courtes, Eric Lartigau, "The Artist"'s Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche (the latter two also appear in the film). You can watch the very French trailer below.

Hazanavicious, who earnedhis first DGA nomination Monday, has chosen his next major project. It's a contemporary drama set in war-torn Chechnya, inspired by Fred Zinnemann's 1948 film "The Search." He tells Variety: "In the original film, the story revolved around a young boy who survived a concentration camp." His film will focus on "the special relationship between a woman and a young boy as well." The director's wife, Berenice Bejo (Peppy Miller in "The Artist") will play the lead, a woman who works for an NGO in Chechnya.

And yes, there will be both color and dialogue. [Variety]

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