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Tuesday, February 21, 2012


(Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo)
Forever changing the way we look at motion pictures, The Artist is a reminder of why we love the movies, and Cinema Nouveau offers an exclusive opportunity to watch this Oscar nominated film over a month before its official release date on April 5.

In celebration of the 2012 Academy Awards, Cinema Nouveau theatres across the country will host special pre-release screenings of The Artist all day, nationally, on February 26, the same day as the actual Academy Awards take place in Los Angeles.

The Artist itself is a silent film and was produced in black-and-white. It has received wide praise from critics across the globe and premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival where lead actor Jean Dujardin won the Best Actor Award. The film was also nominated for six Golden Globes, the most of any film from 2011, and won three: Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, Best Original Score, and Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. In January 2012, the film was nominated for 12 BAFTAs and 10 Academy Awards.

The Artist has become Hollywood’s ‘most loved film’ this season and is a French comedy-drama directed by Michel Hazanavicius. Starring French actor Jean Dujardin as George Valentin and Bérénice Bejo as Peppy Miller, The Artist takes place in Hollywood between 1927 and 1932, and focuses on a declining film star (George Valentin) and a rising dancer and actress (Peppy Miller) as silent cinema falls out of fashion and is replaced by talking pictures.

The Artist will be screened in Durban on February 26 all day at Cinema Nouveau – Gateway.

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