The Artist helmer Michel Hazanavicius just inked actresses Bérénice Bejo and Annette Bening for his next film, a Chechnya-set adaptation of 1948 Oscar-winner The Search. Now Worldview Entertainment has snagged North American rights to the pic, which follows an NGO worker who bonds with a small boy who’s been separated from his mother in the war-torn nation. Filming is underway now overseas in Georgia and will next head to France. Hazanavicius penned the script updating the original tale’s setting from post-WWII Berlin to Eastern Europe. He reunites on the film with his Artist producer Thomas Langmann and leading lady Bejo. Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners, Maria Cestone and Sarah E. Johnson will executive produce. CAA brokered the deal on behalf of Worldview. Wild Bunch is repping international sales at AFM.
The Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union will meet Friday to discuss proposed trade talks between the EU and the U.S. which could result in the removal of trade barriers between the world’s two biggest economies. A negotiation mandate is expected to emerge from the meeting, but 7,000 European and international filmmakers are urging officials to keep the audiovisual and film industries off the table.
A delegation including directors Costa Gavras, Cristian Mungiu, Lucas Belvaux, Radu Mihaileanu and The Artist star Bérénice Bejo was in Strasbourg today to meet with European Commission president José-Manuel Barroso. The plan was to reiterate their stance of preserving the Cultural Exception, a concept with roots in the 1993 GATT talks which holds that cultural goods and services be treated differently than others. According to ARP, the French lobby that reps writers, directors and producers, the sit-down did not go so well. Barroso was “obstinate in his refusal,” the group said. He “hid behind speech that brings no guarantee of respect for the Cultural Exception and which seriously compromises the future of European cultural policy.” The arts are part of a draft negotiation mandate for the trade talks and their inclusion, the filmmakers believe, threatens to kill the autonomy of EU member states’ individual film industries.
France has already threatened to block any talks should the Cultural Exception not be preserved and ARP noted that Barroso was also “deaf to the position of the European Parliament” which voted in favor of excluding culture from the trade talks.
Netflix Nabs ‘Hunger Games’ For The UK & Ireland
Netflix has secured exclusive rights to The Hunger Games for the UK and Ireland before it hits the streaming service in the U.S. Netflix entered the market in January 2012 where Amazon’s Lovefilm is a strong player and where Sky continues to build its business. It hit 1M subscribers last August and has UK deals with studios including Disney, Fox, NBCU, Paramount and Miramax.
Bérénice Bejo To Star In ‘Le Dernier Diamant’
The Artist star Bérénice Bejo has booked her latest French film and will start shooting next week. The Eric Barbier-directed Le Dernier Diamant co-stars Yvan Attal, Jean-François Stévenin and Annie Cordy. France’s Vertigo Productions is producing with international sales handled by Other Angle Pictures. The heist movie follows an ex-con who is coerced into participating in the theft of a celebrated diamond during an auction in Antwerp and who becomes entangled with the diamond’s owner (Bejo).
The Artist star Bérénice Bejo will replace Marion Cotillard in the next film from A Separation director Asghar Farhadi after scheduling conflicts forced a switch, Paris-based producer Memento confirms. Shooting starts in October in and around Paris on the …
Bérénice Bejo is not in any way blasé about the acclaim showered on her and The Artist. Indeed, she remains humbled and amazed at the improbable attention the black-and-white silent film about a 1930s Hollywood romance from French director Michel Hazanavicius has received. When the New York Film Critics Circle dubbed The Artist the best movie of 2011, Bejo was already back in France shooting a new film, Populaire. Exhausted by her shooting schedule and a round of promotion for The Artist, she was less jump-up-and-down excited than her significant other Hazanavicius, the movie’s writer and director. “I’m like, oh great, oh great — I’m going to bed,” Bejo recalls. Now the 35-year-old daughter of Argentine filmmaker Miguel Bejo finds herself nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, Hazanavicius for Best Director and Original Screenplay, and the movie for Best Picture and six others. Bejo is not thinking about it… but she is thinking about it. With a little prompting she also talked with AwardsLine contributor Diane Haithman about portraying spunky young American starlet Peppy Miller in The Artist.
AWARDSLINE: Peppy is a big role. Was there a reason you were submitted for Oscar consideration for supporting actress?
BEJO: Harvey [Weinstein] said best actress is too complicated. Especially this year, with Meryl Streep and Glenn Close, Viola Davis for The Help, Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe.
EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor Momentum Pictures has acquired François Ozon’s In The House and Regis Roisnard’s period romcom Populaire, both from Wild Bunch. Ozon’s latest stars Kristin Scott-Thomas, Emmanuelle Seigner, Fabrice Luchini and Inglourious Basterds’ Denis Menochet. The comedy/thriller sees an unusual student create pandemonium in the life of his professor. It’s produced by Ozon’s Potiche collaborators Eric and Nicolas Altmayer via their Mandarin Films. Populaire is a Mad Men-era comedy set around a typing contest that stars Romain Duris, Deborah François and The Artist’s Bérénice Bejo. Tell No One’s Alain Attal is producing the film that’s partly set in New York. Momentum’s Robert Walak tells me the company is very excited to continue to diversify its slate with these French titles, giving the marketing team an extra chance to exercise its muscle. Momentum, which is a member company of Alliance Films, has had a busy EFM with other acquisitions including FilmNations’ A Most Wanted Man for the UK and Spain and Steven Soderbergh’s Bitter Pill for Spain (in Spain the titles go out under Alliance’s Aurum), Kate Hudson-starrer Everly for the UK and Canada from Sierra/Affinity, and John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary for the UK and Canada which Protagonist is selling plus
Santa Barbara, CA – The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by lynda.com, will bestow Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo with the Cinema Vanguard Award on Saturday February 4, 2012. The actors will be honored for their performances in the silent film The Artist with a tribute at the Arlington Theatre at the 27th edition of the Festival which runs January 26-February 5, 2012, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. The Cinema Vanguard Award was created in recognition of an actor who has forged his/her own path – taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film. The award has previously been presented to Nicole Kidman, Christoph Waltz, Vera Farmiga, Stanley Tucci, Peter Sarsgaard, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ryan Gosling.
Dujardin remarked, “We are grateful to the Santa Barbara International Film Festival for this incredible honor. Delivering a silent film to the 21st century is no easy task, and it would have in no way been possible without the talent and dedication of the incredible ensemble of actors we had the pleasure of working with: James Cromwell, John Goodman, Penelope Ann Miller, Missi Pyle and Malcolm McDowell. This award is just as much for them as it is for us.”
Throw them a party and they will come. Or at least a reception with good food and drink. That seems to be the case with the increasingly strong turnouts of Academy members at screenings this season. As with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and other groups studios are discovering a shrimp …