In The Search, French director Michel Hazanavicius and his actress wife Berenice Bejo team up once again, but in a far weightier tale than their previous collaboration, the Oscar-winning The Artist. A remake of Fred Zinnemann’s 1948 drama, which tells the story of a young Auschwitz survivor and his mother who seek each other across a post-war Europe, Hazanavicius’s take updates the setting to the Second Chechen War of 1999-2000. During a visit to the Toronto International Film Festival this past fall, Hazanavicius and Bejo spoke with the Post‘s Barry Hertz about escaping The Artist‘s shadow, working with child actors and the surprising ease of working with your spouse.
Q:Tonally, this is of course a very different film from The Artist. Why the shift?
Hazanavicius: I think my previous movies were all about revisiting cinema, trying to examine the history of cinema. I was done…
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