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It’s clear to see that there were good intentions behind the making of Michael Hazanavicius latest film, The Search, a follow-up to his 2011 Best Picture winner, The Artist. Heretofore a director of silly or lighter themed fare, many of which showcase actress and wife Berenice Bejo, he dives headfirst into roiling dramatic waters with this update of Fred Zinneman’s 1948 film, headlining Montgomery Clift in his first theatrically released role (which snagged the actor an Oscar nod, as well as a win for its screenwriters and a special Oscar for child actor Ivan Jandl). Whereas the original dealt with a lost boy in an internment camp searching for his mother shortly after the end of World War II, aided by a friendly American G.I., Hazanavicius updates the tale to the 1999 Russian invasion of Chechnya, tacking on an additional perspective »
- Nicholas Bell
★★☆☆☆"This isn't Saving Private Ryan," a Russian soldier remarks to camera as one of his comrades films the aftermath of a battle and an ensuing massacre with a video camera. Yet, for all his latest offerings's fleeting moments of gritty realism, Oscar-winning The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius' The Search (2014) is a gruesomely sentimental piece, whose clumsiness and good intentions get in the way of drama itself. A loose remake of Fred Zinnemann's 1948 Academy Award-winning movie of the same name, the action has been moved to the Second Chechen War. Following the murder of his parents, nine-year-old Hadji (Abdul Khalim Mamutsiev) flees his home with a packed bag and his baby brother.
- CineVue UK
Imagine the polar opposite of Michel Hazanavicius's sly, silent Oscar-winning gem The Artist, and you may well come up with something like this worthy but taxing follow-up. Set during the Second Chechen War in 1999, The Search paints a compelling portrait of a war-torn nation but labours its points too heavily, its gait stiff and lumbering where The Artist was joyfully fleet of foot.
One uniting factor between the two films is an effervescent performance from Bérénice Bejo, here playing a Chechnya-based Ngo worker named Carole, who spends her days writing detailed and largely ignored reports about the atrocities that surround her. Increasingly disheartened by how little impact her work is having on the United Nations' foreign affairs committee, and the general indifference of those around her, she's abruptly »
Filmmakers at Cannes beware. Make an unpredictable movie well outside your comfort zone and sometimes, critics will heap you with praise, as they did when comedy director Michel Hazanavicius went dramatic with "The Artist" at Cannes and went on to win a bevy of prizes including the Best Picture Oscar. So with that success behind him, he took his one-shot chance to shoot a hard-to-finance passion project, a remake of Fred Zinnemann's 1948 classic "The Search," updated from World War II to the 1999 Chechnyan conflict. He intertwines parallel stories of a young Russian-turned-soldier and a 9-year-old orphan. After the boy's parents are gunned down by Russian troops, the boy runs away with his baby brother, sadly deposits him on a neighbor's doorstep, and then is scooped up by a truck ferrying refugees. He runs away from the town orphanage and, near starving, is fed and taken home by a compassionate »
- Anne Thompson
Following his breakout film The Artist, which won Best Picture at the 84th Academy Awards, Michel Hazanavicius is remaking the 1948 Fred Zinnemann film The Search. The film details the struggles of a young Auschwitz survivor and his mother who search for each other across post-World War II Europe. Zinnemann’s movie is famous for shooting against the ruins of postwar German cities. Clint Eastwood has even cited star Montgomery Clift’s performance as the single greatest influence on his career. Hazanavicius' version stars Abdul Kahlim Mamutsiev as Hadji, orphaned during the Second Chechan War in the 1990s. Ngo worker Carole (Berenice Bejo, who also happens to be Hazanavicius’ wife) takes him in. Meanwhile, Hadji’s older sister...
- Alison Nastasi
Every May, I fly all the way across the Atlantic to Cannes Film Festival just to watch good films. Films that are interesting, invigorating, exciting, entertaining, moving, no matter what they may be or who may have directed them, as along as they are good. Even those that are stories we may have seen before in other films, it doesn't matter, I'm not here to see failed experiments, I'm here to watch well-made, well-meaning movies. Ever since The Artist won the Best Picture Oscar in 2011, critics have been unnecessarily hating on director Michel Hazanavicius. I believe he's a great filmmaker and his latest, The Search, is another solid film. A sort-of remake of Fred Zinnemann's 1948 WWII film The Search, this new version is updated in setting and story, taking place during the Russia-Chechnya conflict in the 90s. With two separate storylines, one of them follows a young boy whose »
- Alex Billington
One of the high-profile premieres at this year’s Cannes Film Festival is The Search, an update of the classic Fred Zinnemann war film starring Montgomery Clift. Although it received mixed reviews, it could have been due to high expectations. The Search‘s director, Michel Hazanavicius, arrived on the world cinema plateau three years ago when The Artist debuted at Cannes. 10 months later, he had a Best Director Oscar in his hand.
While The Search did not receive much critical adoration, it still looks riveting enough to check out when it arrives in theatres later this year. The film stars Bérénice Bejo as an Ngo worker who forms a relationship with a young, displaced boy named Hadji (Abdul Khalim Mamutsiev) in Chechnya after Russian troops invaded the country in 1999. The film also has various subplots, one involving Hadji’s older sister, Raïssa, who is searching for him in the wartorn region. »
- Jordan Adler
Promoting new movie set during the Chechen war, The Search director expresses scepticism at the efficacy of peace-keeping bodies and explains how the success of The Artist enabled him to make a movie he felt was necessary
When your last film came from nowhere, cost peanuts, seduced critics, made a mint and won five Oscars (including best film), you can write your own cheque for the next one. What Michel Hazanvicius, whose 2011 black-and-white silent comedy The Artist is the most awarded in French history, chose to spend it on was an earnest anti-war epic about the trauma of modern conflict and the impotence of the liberal west.
"It felt the right thing to do," he said, following the film's first screening in Cannes, where it earned notices markedly less enthusiastic than those dished out to The Artist on its premiere here three years ago. »
- Catherine Shoard
Cannes - At the risk of being unkind about a filmmaker who delighted me (and many others) so unequivocally with his last feature, it's probably tempting fate to open any film with the words, "What is this piece of shit?” That's not an entirely fair assessment of “The Search,” Michel Hazanavicius' follow-up to his unlikely, Oscar-garlanded 2011 hit “The Artist,” but it does roughly sum up the jaded bafflement with which it was received by journalists in Cannes this morning. A stiff, lumbering humanitarian drama that works obtusely and tirelessly against its director's spryest skills, it's proof positive that good intentions pave not only the road to hell, but the one to dreary mediocrity as well. Whatever road it's on, “The Search” sits squarely in the middle of it. Fred Zinnemann's 1948 Oscar-winner of the same title was a Hollywood studio film that depicted contemporary casualties of war with then-uncommon fortitude and frankness. »
- Guy Lodge
How do you follow up one of the most unusual and unlikely Oscar winners in recent memory? If you're Michel Hazanavicius, you make a movie that seemingly screams “nominate me!” Ironically, it seems as if “The Search,” which premiered on Wednesday at Cannes, falls short of its very serious goals. Also read: ‘The Search’ Takes Michel Hazanavicius From a Silent Movie to a Bloody War Reports are that there was some hearty booing after the screening, and critics are split on the film, both amongst themselves and even within their own reviews. “The Search,” which is a sort of remake »
- Jordan Zakarin
“I want this to be a picture of dignity — a true canvas of the suffering of humanity!” So declared the comedy-director hero of Preston Sturges’ classic “Sullivan’s Travels,” and his fit of self-importance may well enlighten viewers as they ponder why Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius has decided to follow the deft, effervescent charms of “The Artist” with “The Search,” a grueling, lumbering, two-and-a-half-hour humanitarian tract that all but collapses under the weight of its own moral indignation. Intermittently stirring and undeniably well made as it slowly unspools a multi-pronged drama set during the 1999 outbreak of the Second Chechen War, the picture has run-of-the-mill pacing and storytelling lapses that are compounded by its ultimately hectoring, didactic approach. Significant trims, and perhaps key restorations from a reportedly longer cut, could improve its chances for widespread theatrical export, though its search for a receptive audience is destined to be a hard one. »
- Justin Chang
Inside the Cannes Palais, the excited delegates are still searching for their masterpiece: a film to fire the senses and snap their eyelids up like roller-blinds. Hope springs eternal; the day dawns full of promise. But The Search is emphatically not the one we were looking for.
A few days ago, the cast of The Expendables 3 drove a tank clear up the Croisette. Naturally this was a spectacularly crass and cheesy stunt and yet it seems positively nuanced and restrained compared with Michel Hazanavicius's hubristic follow-up to his Oscar-winning The Artist. A loose remake of the old Fred Zinnemann movie, updated to the 1999 Chechen war, The Search proceeds to make an overcooked drama out of a humanitarian crisis. Bérénice Bejo plays the beautiful, »
- Xan Brooks
Why bother updating a good movie? Michel Hazanavicius' "The Search" implicitly asks this question and never finds a sufficient answer. Fred Zinneman's 1948 drama revolved around the plight of a child concentration camp survivor separated from his mother in postwar Berlin and aided by a benevolent American private memorably portrayed by Montgomery Clift. In his 2014 remake, "The Artist" director Hazanvicius upgrades the story to Second Chechen War in 1999, swapping the Clift role for a Human Rights Committee representative played by Hazanvicius muse Berenice Bejo. Instead of a mother searching for her son, young Chechen refugee Hadji (Abduel Khalim Mamutsiev) winds up being cared for by Carole (Bejo) while his older sister Raissa (Zukhra Duishvili) follows his trail after Russian soldiers murder their parents. Hazanvicius, who also wrote the screenplay, compounds these ingredients with a separate narrative involving the experiences of a young Russian named Kolia (Maksim Emelyanov) »
- Eric Kohn
For his follow-up to breakout international hit The Artist, director Michel Hazanavicius has chosen a project that could not be more different. Chechen war drama The Search does, however, once again star Berenice Bejo, with support this time from Annette Bening. Tying in with its debut at Cannes, the first trailer has just arrived.The Search takes as a template the 1948 film of the same name, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Montgomery Clift. That version was about a young Auschwitz survivor and his mother, separated in WWII Europe. Hazanavicius' update involves the orphaned Hadji (Abdul Kahlim Mamutsiev) during the Second Chechan War in the 1990s. He comes under the protective wing of EU delegation head Carole (Bejo) while his elder sister Raissa (Zukhra Duishvili) searches for him among the civilian exodus. Interwoven with their story is that of struggling Russian army recruit Kolia (Maksim Emelyanov).Hazanavicius has been able »
After taking home Best Picture for his homage to classic Hollywood, The Artist, director Michel Hazanavicius has returned and will be heading down a much more dramatic path with his follow-up, The Search. A modern-day riff of Fred Zinnemann‘s 1948 film, the drama revolves around a displaced mother’s tireless search for her son (in the original, it was a […] »
- Leonard Pearce
Toronto – The Canadian rights to Oscar winner Michel Hazanavicius' The Search have gone to indie distributors Remstar Films and Elevation Pictures. The companies have acquired the follow-up to Hazanavicius' The Artist from CAA and Wild Bunch. The Search, a remake of Fred Zinnemann's 1948 film of the same name, is a contemporary war drama that stars Berenice Bejo and Annette Bening and is set to debut in Cannes on Wednesday. Photos: Stars at the Airport - Cannes Edition The deal follows Remstar cashing in on the Canadian release of Dallas Buyers Club and involves Elevation, an indie with financial backing from
- Etan Vlessing
Michel Hazanavicius, the Oscar-winning helmer of “The Artist” who has “The Search” competing at Cannes, will next direct “Will,” Paramount’s comedy produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Zach Galifianakis is attached to topline the project, which was first unveiled nearly two years ago.
In an exclusive interview with Variety, Hazanavicius said he recently met with the project’s writer Demetri Martin (“Late Night With Conan O’Brien”) to read the latest version of the script. “I think the script looks great.” Hazanavicius said he and “The Hangover” star were looking forward to working together on the movie. “He’s extremely funny, and can convey great sincerity and humanity even when he’s delivering big gags,” said Hazanavicius, who added that Paul Rudd is in talks to star as Will. Galifianakis will play Will’s rebellious guardian angel.
“‘Will’ has been in the starting blocks for a while because I (started the) ‘The Search. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, from the most recent Oscar winner in the lineup: Michael Hazanavicius' "The Search." The director: Michel Hazanavicius (French, 47 years old). Three years ago, Hazanavicius was a somewhat unlikely Competition entrant: regarded as a lightweight commercial comedy director, his film was initially placed in a non-competitive slot, and only upgraded when another planned inclusion didn't pan out. That film, of course, was "The Artist." Now, Hazanavicius returns to the festival with an Oscar to his name, while he and his wife -- last year's Best Actress winner Bérénice Bejo -- are one of French cinema's premier power couples. »
- Guy Lodge
Oscar 2015 dates (Meryl Streep in ‘Into the Woods’) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC announced yesterday, April 17, 2014, the Oscar 2015 dates. The Academy Awards ceremony will air live on ABC on February 22, 2015 — or about ten days earlier than the Oscar 2014 ceremony. Key Oscar 2015 dates are as follows: Saturday, November 8, 2014 The Governors Awards (where Honorary awards are handed out). Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Official Screen Credits and music submissions due to the Academy. Monday, December 29, 2014 Oscar 2015 nominations voting begins 8 a.m. Pt. Thursday, January 8, 2015 Oscar 2015 nominations voting ends 5 p.m. Pt. Thursday, January 15, 2015 Oscar 2015 nominations announced. Monday, February 2, 2015 Oscar 2015 Nominees Luncheon. Friday, February 6, 2015 Final voting for the Oscar 2015 winners begins 8 a.m. Pt. Saturday, February 7, 2015 Scientific and Technical Awards. Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Final voting for the Oscar 2015 winners ends 5 p.m. Pt. Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015 87th Academy Awards begins 7 p.m. Et/ 4 p.m. Pt. As in previous years, the Oscar »
- Steve Montgomery
This year marks the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival, an assemblage of the best and brightest in the film world. Last year marked a heavy period of controversy when Steven Spielberg presided over a jury that awarded the coveted Palme D'Or to Blue Is The Warmest Color. This year, the jury is presided over by Jane Campion, and onlookers are curious to see if controversy strikes again. Cannes has announced that a lot of big names are participating in this year's festival. Recent Oscar winner for Best Director Michel Hazanavicius has returned with The Search, a remake of the 1948 drama from Fred Zinnemann, and the follow-up to his silent hit The Artist. Also debuting will be Olivier Assayas' Clouds Of Sils Maria, which features Juliette Binoche opposite Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz. And Tommy Lee Jones is starring in, and directing, The Homesman, which teams him with a »
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