An Evening with Michel Hazanavicius and Bérénice Bejo

180 minutes

October 29, 2014

Join us for a spectacular evening with French cinema and Academy Award® Winning luminaries Michel Hazanavicius and Bérénice Bejo.

Seattle audiences discovered their wit and charm with the delightful James Bond-style spoof OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies in 2006. Audiences across the US became aware of their talents as the director and star of the Oscar winning phenomenon The Artist in 2011. They will talk about their career of collaboration, making films in and outside of the studio system, and about their most recent project, The Search. A screening of one of their films will follow.

Michel Hazanavicius released his first feature film in 1999, Mes Amis (My Friends) starring his brother Serge. In 2006, he directed the French box-office hit OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies, which won the 2006 Golden Space Needle Award for Best Film at the Seattle International Film Festival. He followed it up with the hilarious sequel OSS 117: Lost in Rio which was presented as the closing night film of the Seattle International Film Festival in 2009. He teamed up a third time with OSS stars Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo to great success in the beloved Academy Award® winning film The Artist. He has just finished work on The Search, a drama starring Bejo and Annette Bening, which premiered at Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals this year. Michel's acting talents are featured in the French Cinema Now selection Jacky in the Kingdom of Women.

Argentinian-born Bérénice Bejo acted in French television and cinema for 15 years. Her Hollywood debut came in 2001 with the Heath Ledger romance A Knight's Tale, but has worked mostly in France. She became an international star, and received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, with her turn as Peppy Miller in The Artist. In recent years, Bejo has moved into drama, with Asghar Farhadi's The Past, which garnered her the Best Actress prize at Cannes, and the new drama from Michel Hazanavicius, The Search. She also stars in French Cinema Now selection The Last Diamond.

  • Running Time: 180 minutes