Worldview Picks Up THE ARTIST Director Michel Hazanavicius & Star Bérénice Bejo's New Drama THE SEARCH

[PRESS RELEASE] November 6, 2013 (Los Angeles, CA) -- Worldview Entertainment has closed a deal for the North American distribution rights for Academy Award winner Michel Hazanavicius’s drama, “The Search,” starring Academy Award nominees Bérénice Bejo and Annette Bening. Hazanavicius wrote the screenplay and is reuniting with Academy Award winning producer Thomas Langmann, and his award winning production team from “The Artist.” 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 the competition title, “Jimmy P.,” starring Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, which was later sold to IFC Films.

“The Search” is the story of an NGO worker who forms a special relationship with a young boy in warn-torn Chechnya and is based on Academy Award winner Fred Zinnemann’s Oscar-winning 1948 film, with the same title, which is set in post-World War II Berlin. The production 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 AFM. CAA represented Worldview on the acquisition.

“Worldview is thrilled to partner with Michel and Thomas as they reunite after their Oscar-winning success with “The Artist.” This film is a daring and heart-wrenching story and we believe it will be masterfully executed,” said Worldview CEO, Christopher Woodrow.

Leading up to AFM, Worldview Entertainment announced plans to finance and produce the crime thriller, “Candy Store,” starring Robert De Niro, Jason Clarke and Omar Sy, which Academy Award winner Stephen Gaghan will direct; Takashi Miike’s crime thriller, “The Outsider,” starring Tom Hardy; “Term Life” for Universal Pictures, directed by Peter Billingsley and starring Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld; and Kim Farrant’s thriller, “Strangerland,” starring Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman, Guy Pearce and Hugo Weaving.