Full agenda and detailed program online on February 27
JURY – INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
SOFIANE ZERMANI / Fianso
JURY – INTERNATIONAL PANORAMA
JURY – SHORT FORMS COMPETITION
- Zal Batmanglij
- Clémentine Célarié
- Audrey Fleurot
- Camélia Jordana
- Douglas Kennedy
- Kelly Rutherford
- Laurent Lafitte
- THE SOFT POWER OF ROMANTIC COMEDIES
With Shirine Boutella, Marianne Levy, Clémence Madeleine-Perdrillat
- Jean-Xavier de Lestrade : FICTION AND DOCUMENTARY, TWO MIRRORS OF THE SAME REALITY
- Elisabeth Tanner : MEET MY AGENT
- Fabrice Drouelle : HOW TO MAKE A SENSITIVE STORY ?
- Janice Poon, food stylist
- David et Jessie Peterson, language creators
- Valérie Adda, costume designer
3 BODY PROBLEM
The creators of Game of Thrones David Benioff and D.B.Weiss are back with this new monumental project for Netflix! Adapted from the Chinese science-fiction novel of the same name by Cixin Liu, Three Body Problem tells the story of how a tight-knit group of brilliant scientists and an unorthodox detective come together to face the greatest threat in human history.
APPLES NEVER FALL
UNITED STATES / AUSTRALIA
A dash of Succession, a touch of Bloodline and a hint of American Beauty… and you get Apples Never Fall, the new adaptation of best-selling author Liane Moriarty (Nine Perfect Strangers, Big Little Lies). Sam Neill and Annette Benning, parents of 4 children including Jake Lacy (The White Lotus) and Alison Brie (Glow) make up a family which is not what it seems on the outside, and differing views will destroy the façade…
Incredibly funny and joyful, Boarders boldly tackles the questions of social discrimination and institutional racism through the lives of five young Afro-descendants from the projects, invited to attend a prestigious English private school, to restore the damaged reputation of an institution not known for its diversity. With a five-star cast, the series brilliantly demolishes clichés one by one.
IN THE SHADOWS
An adaptation by Pierre Schoeller of the novel of the same name by Edouard Philippe, In the Shadows takes us into the gripping backstage world of a political election. With an impressive cast including Karin Viard, Swann Arlaud, Melvil Poupaud, Evelyne Brochu and Sofian Khammes (Éclat de la révélation actor 2023).
Herrhausen – The Banker and the Bomb
In the 1980s, with Germany divided between East and West, Alfred Herrhausen, a visionary banker on the board of directions at Deutsche Bank, calls for the cancelation of developing countries’ debts and sends a shockwave through the Western world. Brilliantly portrayed by Olivier Masucci (DARK), Herrhausen: the Banker and the Bomb is a gripping, fast-paced thriller.
After the worldwide success of Narcos, Chris Brancato (Godfather of Harlem), president of our International Competition jury in 2018, returns to Lille to present his new American saga which reveals what went on behind the scenes at night in the Mutiny Hotel in Miami, the epicenter of the Cuban anti-Castro community and cocaine trafficking in the 1980s. Starring Danny Pino and Michael Chiklis
HOUSE OF GODS
In a powerful story constructed as a classical tragedy, House of Gods takes you inside an Iraqi family in Australia, where the father stands for election as leader of the mosque, advocating a modern Islam. A hard-hitting story, inside a rarely represented community, which questions the ambivalence between religion and personal ambition.
SO LONG, MARIANNE
NORWAY / CANADA / GREECE
NRK / Crave / Cineflix Rights / Redpoint
So Long, Marianne tells the legendary love story of Canadian singer and poet Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen, who was the inspiration for one of the most famous of all love songs. Set against the stunning backdrop of a Greek island at the end of the 1960s, the series follows the lives of the two lovers at a time when they’re both trying to understand who they are and their place in the world, whilst the young Leonard is about to become one of the most famous singer-poets of all time.
FRANCE / HUNGARY
ARTE / DISNEY / HBO EUROPE
Inspired by real events, this captivating thriller immerses us in the most decisive chess game in history – the second match between the champion Kasparov and the computer Deep Blue. With the advancing technological breakthroughs of our age, this fascinating duel still has resonance today, at a time when artificial intelligence is raising new challenges.
Homejacking is an edgy thriller that gracefully manipulates our perception of the story and the truth. Directed by Hervé Hadmar (Romance, Notre Dame), the series is set in an architect’s house lost in the middle of the forest, where flashbacks and different points of view intermingle.
THE WORLD DOES NOT EXIST
In this adaptation of Fabrice Humbert’s novel of the same name, Erwan Le Duc (No Love Lost, Under Control, The Bare necessity) takes us into the burlesque, introspective investigation of a journalist, played by Niels Schneider, who is convinced that his childhood sweetheart is innocent of the crime of which he is accused.
ARTE / PRIME VIDEO
When Kill Bill meets Karl Marx in a small town, starring Margot Bancilhon and JoeyStarr, the result is… electric! This action series created by Thomas Bidegain and Fred Grivois, with its movie references and homage to the workers’ struggle, never ceases to surprise with its unlikely twists and off-the-wall characters.
The unlikely duo of a former profiler (Eric Cantona) turned a pariah, and a young policewoman (Tiphaine Daviot) just waiting to prove herself. Two outcasts who use offbeat investigative methods to unmask a terrible serial killer. A series with a surprising and exciting tone.
In 2005, in a suburb of Paris plagued by riots, the Jebli family reigns supreme over the cannabis trade. As the neighborhoods erupt in violence, a major operation by the narcotics unit shatters the clan. Driss, the youngest son, is forced to take over the family business, despite having aspirations for a career in finance. Against him, William, a young and ambitious local police officer, is determined to bring him down. Their parallel and rapid rise will change their destinies forever.
A DANGEROUS FRIENDSHIP
Adapted from the historical saga Marie, by Juliette Benzoni, and starring a talented young cast, Alain Tasma’s series Une amitié dangereuse gives us an innovative portrait of two young women reclaiming their desire, at a time when sexuality was above all a political lever.
TV4 / C MORE
8 Months is a tense political thriller whose stakes lie at the heart of the Swedish government, destabilised by external forces. Following the life of a journalist looking for a scoop, the series unveils the inner workings of political communication and diplomacy, and plunges us into a coming scandal, like a time bomb…
30 DAYS OF LUST
The temptation of an open relationship shakes up the soon-to-be 30-year-olds, Freddy and Zeno, who have been together for 15 years. With unconfessed desires, new freedoms and confusion, 30 Days of Lust takes us to the heart of relationships, and explores their (dys)function with humor and finesse.
AFTER THE PARTY
In this first ever entry from New Zealand, After the Party centres on Penny, a mother and high-school science teacher, consumed by a distressing conflict with her ex-husband. The couple, played by an incredible pair – Robyn Malcolm and Peter Mullan – deliver a remarkable story about the weight of accusation and truth.
ALL AND EVA
Sweden / Denmark
All and Eva is a series about love. If it even exists? But also about life and everything around it. About relationships with parents, friends, children, partners, and colleagues. About expectations. Everyday problems. About sperm. The stress of catching up with life before it’s too late. It is also, and above all, a fine and touching portrait of Eva, who decides to have a child without a partner on the eve of her 40th birthday.
CATCH ME A KILLER
UNITED KINGDOM / SOUTH AFRICA
The first series entirely shot in South Africa in competition at Series Mania, Catch Me a Killer looks at the true story of Micki Pistorius, the country’s first-ever profiler and the first woman in her profession. A female Mindhunter in the guise of a wonderfully-produced true-crime series.
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Dates in Real Life is the delicate and touching coming-of-age story of an introverted young woman. Forced to leave the comfort of the artificial world and virtual love, she must face the real world and try to find happiness IRL. With unusual imagery and a subject that questions romantic relationships in the era of the metaverse.
Talented movie directors and creators of the series Paquita Salas and Veneno, acclaimed by public and critics alike, Javier Ambrossi and Javier Calvo deliver their most ambitious work in which they explore, in seven chapters and over three decades, the story of a brother and sister who relive the trauma of their childhood after a video of young nuns goes viral. A poignant family saga with spell-binding dramatization.
In this absurd and intimist saga, Show Yourself explores the theme of self-affirmation through the character of Ana, who is suffering from a mysterious illness that threatens to make her disappear – literally. Funny and touching, the series provides some cutting reflections on ego, the art world and society.
Distinct society describes the desperate search of ufologist Marc (Antoine Pilon: Disobey, Matthias and Maxime), who is torn between dream and fantasy to make sense of the mysterious disappearance of his brother. An extremely sympathetic look at the loneliness of characters that no one wants to believe, but who, in the end, may not be entirely wrong…
A portrayal of Riga in the late 1970s, through the eyes of a young costumier who starts making jeans, the ultimate symbol of the West and Anti-Sovietism. Set against a romance, Soviet Jeans is a powerful political story and Latvia’s first entry for Series Mania.
THREE TEARS IN BORNEO
In the lush setting of the tropical forest in Borneo, three young brothers, born in Taiwan and enlisted in the Imperial Japanese army, discover the horrors of war. A human-scale, poignant story about the loss of innocence, offering a new perspective on the conflict in South-East Asia during the Second World War.
The new series from Charlie Covell (The End of the F***ing World) starring Lindsay Duncan (Sherlock, The Leftovers) and Clarke Peters (The Wire, Treme), looks at a group of old friends in their twilight years, linked by a pact of love.
SHORT FORMS COMPETITION
A new Czech techno-thriller about the disappearance of an influencer and the hidden side of social networks, by the creators of the popular series #martyisdead, selected at the festival in 2020 and winner of an International Emmy award.
A comedy drama created by, co-produced and starring Eléonore Costes who once again shows her sensitivity with the story of a deafening family, torn by the father’s decision to let himself go.
The Fades of Papineau
The intertwined everyday events of Jojo, a single father and widow, and his two sons, between school and the barber shop, while they adapt to their new life. A slice of life which tackles grief and questions the idea of family.
THOSE WHO BLUSH
FRANCE – Switzerland
ARTE – rts
Mixing the codes of fiction and documentary, and blurring the boundaries between imagination and reality, Those Who Blush is a comedy drama about a class of high-school students meeting a replacement drama teacher, whose methods will rock the teenagers. A series that subtly conveys the giddiness of adolescence, enriched by the actors’ improvisation.
An urban journey from the North which tells of the wanderings through Helsinki of a young woman left with no roof over her head, with nowhere to go, and who doesn’t want to tell anyone. While we follow her meanderings, the series questions who she is, what she’s seeking and what will become of her.
THE STRUGGLE FOR EXISTENCE
A series composed of still-frame sketches, during which two thirty-something friends confide in each other and humorously confront the double bind of masculinity
SLAVA THE DOG
ARD / NDR
A sensitive and lively tale by the German creator of Sunshine Eyes, awarded at the festival in 2022, about the quest of a Ukrainian family taking refuge in Hamburg, whose situation will be exploited by the media and who come into contact with a traveling circus.
A science-fiction story combining “Gondryesque” effects and natural scenery that takes us on the interstellar voyage of a unit of experimental man-rat hybrids.
CANADA / QUÉBEC
player of ibiza
ARD / NDR
SPECIAL SCREENINGS – OUT OF COMPETITION
1976. Disco fever takes hold of a small town in West Germany, and soon affects Doro, a young woman who quickly falls for this joyous disease, and questions her life choices… A festive and addictive series, which will be followed by a disco party at the Village festival by Crédit Mutuel!
Morgane Alvaro, three children, soon to be four, two different fathers… Oh no, three! Morgane’s life is full of surprises. After wreaking havoc in the lives of those closest to her in the previous seasons, Morgane is about to receive a huge backlash. Could it be that karma has decided to hand her the bill? On the investigative front, a crime in a closed room, a haunted house, a computer-savvy brat and a mysterious serial killer will all challenge the extraordinary intelligence of an overexcited, hormone-fueled Morgane. And so much for karma.
mary & george
SKY atlantic / STARZ
In this audacious, historical psychodrama, Julianne Moore (May December) stars as Mary Villiers, a woman of humble beginnings and formidable ambition who moulded her second son, George (Nicholas Galitzine, Purple Hearts), to seduce King James VI of Scotland and I of England (Tony Curran, Mayflies) and become his all-powerful lover.
TVING / Paramount+ / CJ ENM
The series adaptation of the eponymous webtoon brings us into a prestigious girls-only school where the students take part in a cruel popularity contest to decide who are the victims and who are the tormentors. Somewhere between Squid Game and Mean Girls, Pyramid Game is a new exciting drama about the trials and tribulations of adolescence and school bullying.
series mania cult
SERIES-CONCERT BREAKING BAD
- SOLD OUT
CAMION BAZAR (DJ SET) + SPECIAL SeRIeS BLind TeST
A post-rock duo for an episode of a cult series, this is what Yohan Landry (Microfilm) and Benoît Gaucher (Nesseria) offer us around episode 10 of cult series Breaking Bad season 3 entitled “The Fly”. A session preceded by a “Special Series” blind test by Tof and followed by a DJ Set from Camion Bazar.
CARTE BLANCHE TO JANICE POON
NBC / CANAL+
Prequel to the “Red Dragon” novel, the series focuses on the relationship between Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) special investigator Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), a forensic psychiatrist destined to become Graham’s most cunning enemy and at the same time, the only person who can understand him. The screening will be presented by Janice Poon, the series’ foodstylist, who will comment on her work through the two episodes she has chosen.
A remarkable series by Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso), produced in 1985 and censored for 40 years by the mafia, Il Camorrista, which has finally resurfaced, portrays a dark time in Italy, when the man known as “The Professor” ran the Naples mafia from his prison cell.
STARSKY ET HUTCH
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH L’INA
ABC / INA Madelen
Despite their differences, the streetwise Brooklyn transplant Dave Starsky (Paul Michael Glaser) and his soft-spoken, intellectual partner Ken Hutchinson (David Soul) are the perfect undercover team for Bay City’s toughest beats. With help from their jive-talking informant Huggy Bear, their boss Captain Harold Dobey and a souped-up red Ford, Starsky & Hutch race against Bay City’s criminals. A tribute to David Soul (Hutch), in partnership with l’INA Madelen and Sony.
In collaboration with Fipadoc and with the support of SCAM
A psychiatrist who specialises in serial killers becomes fascinated by a famous French cold case that has recently been solved: the case of Le Grêlé. An unremarkable man – a respected policeman, husband and family man – the criminal managed to evade the police for over 35 years while committing heinous crimes. As the psychiastrist digs deeper into the case and the police officers of the time delve into their memories, the psychiatrist’s research reveals a vertiginous case worthy of the dark tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. A series directed by Elie Wajeman (The Night Doctor, The Bureau)
The Vatican – The State of the Church
THE VATICAN tells the stories of the people who loyally served the Roman catolic church their whole lives. From high-ranking cardinals to local servants of God. From the powerful untouchables to outcasts of the organization. The Vatican is a captivating investigation into the pinnacle of Catholicism, showing how incessant scandals and an ever-changing society have rocked its foundations and weakened its power.
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ADAMI
AU FOND DU TROU
Adami Cinéma to present a script reading at the Théâtre du Nord. Blaise Afonso, Alexandre Auvergne, Isma Kebe, Tom Menanteau, Quentin Raymond and Chine Thybaud – Talents Adami Cinéma 2023 – will introduce audiences and professionals to the first episodes of Au fond du trou, Maxime Chamoux and Sylvain Gouverneur’s next series, to be filmed in the Hauts de France region in spring 2024. The reading will be directed by Naidra Ayadi, actress and director.