AFM: Berenice Bejo’s ‘The Search’ Finds U.S. Home

Michel Hazanavicius Bernice Bejo the Searcher
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Production currently shooting in the country of Georgia

Worldview Entertainment has closed a deal for the North American distribution rights for Michel Hazanavicius’s drama, “The Search,” starring Berenice Bejo and Annette Bening.

“The Serach” is currently filming in the country of Georgia before moving to France. Wild Bunch is handling international sales and is introducing to the film to buyers at the American Film Market.

CAA represented Worldview on the acquisition.

Hazanavicius wrote the screenplay and is reuniting with “The Artist” producer Thomas Langmann. Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners, Maria Cestone and Sarah E. Johnson will executive produce.

“The Search” is the second acquisition for Worldview this year following the pre-Cannes pick-up of “Jimmy P.,” starring Benicio Del Toro, which was later sold to IFC Films.

“The Search” is the story of a relief worker who forms a special relationship with a young boy in warn-torn Chechnya and is based on Fred Zinnemann’s 1948 film with the same title, which was set in post-World War II Berlin.

Worldview Entertainment recently announced plans to finance and produce a trio of titles — crime thriller “Candy Store,” starring Robert De Niro, Jason Clarke and Omar Sy, which Stephen Gaghan will direct; Takashi Miike’s crime thriller, “The Outsider,” starring Tom Hardy; and “Term Life” for Universal Pictures, directed by Peter Billingsley and starring Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld.

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