Bejo’s “The Past” to be Distributed in the U.S. by Sony Pictures Classics

Bérénice Bejo’s future in the United States lies in The Past

Sony Pictures Classics has landed U.S. rights to the French drama The Past, which stars the 36-year-old Argentine Oscar-nominated actress, at the Cannes Film Festival.

Berenice Bejo

Directed by Asghar Farhadi, the film’s twisting plot involves secrets, lies, deceit, divorce, affairs, comas, pregnancy and other traumatic situations.

“This is a film that is so far removed from my life, from my everyday,” says Bejo. “But at the same time, it’s really interesting to play someone who is your total opposite.”

The ambitious drama starring Bejo, Ali Mosaffa and Tahar Rahim, is considered an early contender for the Palme d’Or, with reaction and reviews very strong after its screening Friday in competition.

Bejo, who earned an Oscar nomination for her star-making role in The Artist, stepped into the lead role after Marion Cotillard had to exit the project due to a scheduling conflict.

Bejo’s New Film “The Past” to Compete at This Year’s Cannes Film Festival

Bérénice Bejo will be returning to this year’s Cannes Film Festival this May…

The latest project starring the 36-year-old Argentine actress, who served as the mistress of ceremonies at last year’s festival, will compete at this year’s event.

Berenice Bejo

The French-language film The Pastfrom Iranian-born director Asghar Farhadi, who won the Foreign Language Oscar for his 2011 film A Separation – has been announced as part of the official Cannes competition.

The film centers on Ahmad, a man who returns to Paris after four years in Tehran in order to finalize his divorce from his French wife. But his return results in a secret from his past being revealed.

Along with featuring the Oscar-nominated actress, the film stars Tahar Rahim and Ali Mosaffa.

Paris-based Memento Films Production produced the film.

Banderas’ “Day of the Falcon” to Be Released on VOD

Antonio Banderas will be getting his Day (of the Falcon) next month…

Image Entertainment has announced plans to release Day of the Falcon, starring the 52-year-old Spanish actor, on video on demand (VOD) on February 1 and in theaters on March 1 in 15 markets.

Day of the Falcon

The film, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, is based on the Hans Ruesch novel The Great Thirst. Day Of The Falcon tells the story of honor, greed, betrayal and love between rival kingdoms. Just as the two groups cease to fight after years of bloodshed, oil is discovered between their territories, reigniting their once violent past. It’s now up to their children – young lovers who married in hopes of bringing the families together – to find a way to end the violence and to bring peace to the land.

Banderas portrays Emir Nesib in the film, which was originally called Black Gold.  It co-stars Mark Strong, Freida Pinto and Tahar Rahim.

Bejo to Star in Asghar Farhadi’s Next Film

She wowed audiences in her Academy Award-nominated performance in The Artist… And, Bérénice Bejo could have another date with Oscar in the near future.

The 36-year-old Argentinean actress, who was recently invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will replace Marion Cotillard in A Separation director Asghar Farhadi’s next film, according to Deadline.com.

Berenice Bejo

Scheduling conflicts reportedly forced the lead actress switch.

Shooting on the hush-hush project, a yet-to-be titled French-language picture, is expected to start in October in and around Paris.

Details on the film, which stars A Prophet’s Tahar Rahim, are being kept under wraps. But it’s being called a picture in the vein of A Separation with an element of suspense.

The film is expected to be completed in spring 2013 – just in time for the Cannes Film Festival.