The Artist

Directed by Michel Hazanavicius

France - 2011 - Black and White - 100’ - Silent Film
With Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell

Scenario:
Michel Hazanavicius
Cinematography:
Guillaume Schiffman
Editing:
Anne-Sophie Bion,Michel Hazanavicius
Music:
Ludovic Bource
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Synopsis

Hollywood 1927. George Valentin is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller, it seems the sky is the limit – major movie stardom awaits.

Director's biography

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Before directing films, Hazanavicius worked in television, beginning with the Canal+ channel, where he started as a director in 1988. He then moved into directing commercials for such companies as Reebok and Bouygues Telecom and made his first feature-length film, La Classe américaine, for television in 1993. The film, co-directed with Dominique Mézerette, consisted entirely of footage taken from various films produced by the Warner Bros. studio, re-edited and dubbed into French. Hazanavicius directed his first short film, Echec au capital, in 1997, and followed it up with his first theatrically released feature, Mes amis, which starred his brother, actor Serge Hazanavicius.

Seven years later, Hazanavicius wrote and directed his second feature, OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies, a send-up of 1960s spy movies and, specifically OSS 117, a popular character created by Jean Bruce in 1949. The film was a modest box office success, making $23 million worldwide. A sequel, OSS 117: Lost in Rio, followed in 2009. Both films were later distributed in the United States by Music Box Films. His latest movie, The Artist, a black and white film without dialogue which takes place in Hollywood on the eve of the “talkies”, screened In Competition at the 2011 Cannes International Film Festival.

Hazanavicius is married to Bérénice Bejo who acted in his films OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies and The Artist.

Filmography

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2011 :
The Artist
2009:
OSS 117 – Rio ne répond plus
2006 :
OSS 117 – Le Caire, nid d’espions
1999 :
Mes amis
1997:
Echec au capital
1996 :
Les films qui sortent le lendemain dans les salles de cinéma

festivals & awards

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2011 : Award for Best Actor, Cannes Film Festival
2011 : Audience Award, European Film Award
2011 : Best original soundtrack, European Film Award
2011 : France’s official submission to the Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress category of the 84th Academy Awards 2012
2011 : 6 Nominations for the Golden Globes

MC Distribution rights

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