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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #158. Michel Hazanavicius’ The Search

The Search

Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Writer: Michel Hazanvicius
Producers: Thomas Langmann
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Berenice Bejo, Annette Bening

Michel Hazanavicius’ follow-up feature to his Oscar winning 2011 film The Artist (he also directed a segment in the 2012 omnibus film, The Players), will undoubtedly be one of the most anticipated films of the year. Once again, he’s cast wife Berenice Bejo in a plum role in this remake of a 1948 Fred Zinnemann film starring Montgomery Clift. A modernized political climate and switch in gender dynamics should make this an interesting rehash. And of course, Annette Bening is always a notable presence.

Gist: A woman who works for a non-governmental organization (NGO) forms a special relationship with a young boy in war-torn Chechnya.

Release Date: If it’s ready in time, we’ll assume Cannes, but if not, this will certainly be a fall fest premiere.

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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