'The Artist' Director Has Been Shooting 'The Search' Remake in Secret
Silent films made a slight comeback in 2012 when The Artist won Best Picture and director Michel Hazanavicius won Best Director. But since then, we haven't heard much about his forthcoming projects. In early 2012, it was reported the French filmmaker was going to direct a remake of Fred Zinnemann's 1948 film The Search, the story of a Czech mother looking for her son after surviving a concentration camp. However, the director was moving the story to contemporary "war-torn" Chechnya instead of the period World War II setting. Now we've learned Hazanavicius has secretly been shooting the film since August.
Cineuropa (via The Playlist) reports the film has been shooting in the country of Georgia and production will move to Paris soon. In addition, Hazanavicius' wife and beautiful French star of The Artist, Bérénice Bejo, has been confirmed to play the lead, a woman who works for a non-governmental organization in the area. The Playlist also points out another source claiming Annette Bening is in the film, but that's yet to be confirmed at this moment. You can bet there will be plenty of eyes on this film whenever it heads to theaters (whenever that may be), and we'll see if it gets the same attention The Artist did.