The Artist

A love letter to 1920s Hollywood, The Artist resurrects silent cinema as a powerful and complex storytelling medium. Shot entirely in black and white, without dialogue and in a traditional 1.33 aspect ratio, the film remains faithful to the period it represents, avoiding the trap of pastiche through a sincere appreciation of the cinematic possibilities offered by classic silent film. Jean Dujardin plays George Valentin, whose matinee-idol good looks and arrogant but good- natured charm evoke Douglas Fairbanks at his best. George is at the height of his career in 1927 when The Artist begins. While working for the premiere of his new film, he accidentally bumps into a beautiful unknown, Peppy Miller, and the ensuing photo op sets her on the path to unexpected fame. George, however, quickly finds himself on the opposite track, as sound begins to dominate the screens. Refusing to accept this modern innovation, he finances his own silent feature in 1929 and loses it all. His wife leaves him and his fans forget him. Broken and alone, George fades into the shadows of old Hollywood. At the same time, new It-girl Peppy finds herself at the forefront of the sound phenomenon. As her star status rises, she never forgets the man who gave her the start she needed; she resolves to help George in any way she can [...] The Artist offers a joyous look back to a golden age, and will leave audiences nostalgic for a cinematic form that, as Hazanavicius proves, hasn’t lost its resonance.

Michel Hazanavicius

Guillaume Schiffman

Anne-Sophie Bion
Michel Hazanavicius

La Petite Reine

Bérénice Bejo
James Cromwell
Jean Dujardin
John Goodman

Ludovic Bource

Audience Award Mill Valley
Audience Award San Sebastian
Best Actor Cannes

17th Festival on Wheels