EXCLUSIVE: The Search, Michel Hazanavicius‘s follow to the Oscar-winning The Artist, is near a deal to broker Canadian rights to Remstar for around $500,000. The film is being sold by CAA and Wild Bunch for offshore sales, and the film is expected to be one that bidders jump on for U.S. rights, possibly before its Cannes premiere on Wednesday. Worldview Entertainment bought the North American rights at AFM last year, and I’ve heard that both The Weinstein Company and Fox Searchlight have been all over it to try and see the film before Wednesday. TWC would seem to have an inside track; it released The Artist and helped guide the silent black and white film to an unlikely Best Picture Oscar. And also, it made a long term alignment with Worldview just recently. The film stars Berenice Bejo and Annette Bening. It’s much different from The Artist. The Chechnya-set adaptation of 1948 Oscar winner The Search follows an NGO worker who bonds with a small boy who’s been separated from his mother in the war-torn nation. It is certainly beginning to look like good money is going to be spent before many buyers leave here.