First Trailer for Michel Hazanavicius’ THE SEARCH

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The first trailer has arrived online for Michel Hazanavicius’ war drama The Search, a modern-day riff of Fred Zinneman‘s 1948 film of the same name.

The director’s follow-up to The Artist is the theme-heavy drama that sets the story against the backdrop of the second Chechen war, featuring Berenice Bejo and Annette Bening amidst struggle.

The Search takes a look at war through the eyes of children and Abdul Khalim Mamutsiev plays a young boy, while Zukhra Duishvili co-stars as his older sister who try to find each other amidst the destruction.

The film will premiere shortly at Cannes, but there’s no US release date set yet.

Hit the jump to watch the first trailer from France, but most of it is in English.

It looks to me like politically engaged film.

The Second Chechen War. 1999. THE SEARCH recounts, on a human scale, a powerful story of conflict told through four lives that will be brought together by a shocking twist of fate. After his parents are killed in their village, a small boy flees, joining the flood of refugees. He meets Carole, a European Union delegation head and little by little, with her help, he will return to life. At the same time, his elder sister Raïssa searches tirelessly for him amongst the civilian exodus. Then there’s 20-year-old Kolia… A recent Russian Army recruit, he will gradually be overwhelmed by the daily life of wartime.

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