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Final Cut (2023)

Opens on August 4

Director: Michel Hazanavicius Run Time: 110 min. Release Year: 2022

Starring: Bérénice Bejo, Finnegan Oldfield, Grégory Gadebois, Matilda Lutz, Romain Duris

Country: France
Language: French with English subtitles

About the film:

The opening night selection of the 2022 Cannes Film Festival was this wacky horror comedy, a remake of Shin’ichirô Ueda’s cult hit One Cut of the Dead (2017). The film follows a director making a live, single-take, low-budget zombie flick in which the cast and crew, one by one, actually turn into zombies.

Academy Award winning director Michel Hazanavicius milks the film’s hilarious and meta-to-the-max premise for all it’s worth, while also crafting a sly love letter to the art of filmmaking. What’s on screen unfolds in typical cheesy B-movie fashion, while the off-screen hijinks offer a celebration of the unpredictable and collaborative nature of film sets. Featuring a hysterically unhinged turn by Academy Award nominee Berenice Bejo and serving up blood-soaked high farce par excellence, Final Cut revels in its affectionate embrace of goofy genre fun.

About the filmmakers:

Michel Hazanavicius is a French film director, screenwriter, editor, and producer. He directed the black-and-white comedy-drama film The Artist (2011), which won five Academy Awards in 2012, including Best Picture and Best Director. Starring Jean Dujardin and Hazanavicius’ wife, Bérénice Bejo , the film is almost entirely silent, and received widespread critical acclaim following its world premiere in competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

His other feature films include The Lost Prince (2020), Redoubtable (2017), and The Search (2014) – all also featuring Bejo – as well as the French spy parody box office hit OSS 177: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006) and its sequel OSS 117: Lost in Rio (2009). His first theatrical feature was Mes Amis (1999). His most recent projects include the 2022 Cannes Film Festival opening night film Final Cut (2023), as well as the World War II drama, The Most Precious of Cargoes adapted from the original novel by Jean-Claude Grumberg.

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