Cannes: Remstar, Elevation Take Canadian Rights to Michel Hazanavicius' 'The Search'

6:30 AM PST 05/17/2014 by Etan Vlessing

The indies have partnered to release the follow-up to the Oscar-winning director's "The Artist," which stars Berenice Bejo and Annette Bening.

TORONTO – The Canadian rights to Oscar-winner Michel Hazanavicius' The Search have gone to indie distributors Remstar Films and Elevation Pictures.

The companies have acquired the follow-up to Hazanavicius' The Artist from CAA and Wild Bunch.

The Search, a remake of Fred Zinnemann's 1948 film of the same name, is a contemporary war drama that stars Berenice Bejo and Annette Bening and is set to debut in Cannes on Wednesday.

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The deal follows Remstar cashing in on the Canadian release of Dallas Buyers Club and involves Elevation, an indie with financial backing from Teddy Schwarzman's Black Bear Pictures. Elevation is led by former Entertainment One distribution execs Laurie May and Noah Segal.

"We are thrilled to partner with Elevation on The Search from breathtaking filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius," said ssaid sss ssaid Remstar's  Pascale Hebert and Tim Ringuette on Saturday after concluding the rights deal.

"Following our great adventure with Dallas Buyers Club, we want to keep on presenting quality films with unique stories that will captivate audiences," they added of the The Search, which they have pursued since AFM.

"We are very pleased to partner with Remstar to bring this moving and important film from this acclaimed director to Canadian audiences," added May and Segal in their own statement.

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