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It’s act II for Canneseries


- The Cannes-based event is set to unspool from 5-10 April, with Vernon Subutex screening as the opening series, a ten-title competition and the In Development platform

It’s act II for Canneseries
The series Vernon Subutex, created by Cathy Verney

Tomorrow sees the kick-off of the return match in the second act of the north-south duel between series-focused international events in France, as the second edition of Canneseries (5-10 April 2019) is due to get under way less than a week after Séries Mania drew to a close in Lille.

The Cannes-based event, which has been tacked onto the MIPTV market (8-11 April), will be opened by an out-of-competition screening of Vernon Subutex, an adaptation of the first two tomes of the literary trilogy by Virginie Despentes, toplined by Romain Duris, who is flanked by Céline Sallette and Laurent Lucas.

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The ten series selected for the competition will be weighed up by a jury chaired by Swiss director Baran bo Odar (known for the series Dark), aided by the UK’s Stephen Fry and Emma Mackey, Canada’s Katheryn Winnick and France’s Rob. Seven of the ten series locking horns are European, with one Norwegian production (Magnus), a Spanish one (Perfect Life/Déjate llevar), a British one (The Feed), two Belgian ones (Studio Tarara and The Twelve) and two German ones: Bauhaus – A New Era (written by Lars Kraume, among others) and How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast).

Also of note are the out-of-competition screenings of the British series Beecham House (co-created and co-written by Gurinder Chadha, and starring Tom Bateman) and Years & Years (toplined by Emma Thompson), as well as three US series, including Now Apocalypse (created by Gregg Araki).

This edition of Canneseries will also boast a short-format competition and a couple of master classes led by British actress Diana Rigg (who played the iconic Emma Peel in The Avengers, and was popular more recently in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and Game of Thrones) and by her fellow countryman Steven Knight (the creator and writer of the series Peaky Blinders, and the director of Locke [+see also:
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 and Serenity), not to mention In Development, the Cannes Drama Creative Forum, which has selected 12 series projects that will be pitched by their producers (including Black Out, co-created and co-penned by Nabil Ayouch; the Spanish project Second Life; Norway’s Ice Valley; Finland’s Transport; Portugal’s Twenty-Four Land; Belgium’s A Good Year; Germany’s Crashers; and the British-Mexican series Radical Eye) and four that will be pitched by their writers (including the French-German effort Black Times, the UK’s Hello Dolly and Poland’s The Tribe).

Here is the list of the selected series:


Bauhaus - A New Era/Die neue Zeit (Germany)
Written by: Lars Kraume and Judith Angerbauer
Production: zero one film in co-production with ZDF/ARTE, Constantin Television, Nadcon Film
Broadcaster: ZDF/ARTE
Sales: Beta Film

How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast) (Germany)
Created by: Philipp Käßbohrer, Matthias Murmann
Written by: Philipp Käßbohrer, Sebastian Colley, Stefan Titze
Production: BTF
Broadcaster: Netflix

Magnus (Norway)
Created by: Vidar Magnussen
Written by: Vidar Magnussen, Rolf Magne G Andersen
Production: NRK/Viafilm
Broadcaster: NRK
Sales: Viafilm

Perfect Life/Déjate llevar (Spain)
Created by: Leticia Dolera
Written by: Leticia Dolera, Manuel Burque
Production: Telefonica Audiovisual Digital Slu
Broadcaster: Movistar+
Sales: Beta Film

Studio Tarara (Belgium)
Created by: Tim Van Aelst
Written by: David Vennix, Tim Van Aelst
Production: Shelter 
Broadcaster: VTM (Medialaan)
Sales: Wild Bunch

The Twelve (Belgium)
Created by: Bert Van Dael, Sanne Nuyens
Written by: Bert Van Dael, Sanne Nuyens
Production: Eyeworks Film TV Drama
Broadcaster: Één
Sales: Federation Entertainment

The Feed (UK)
Created by: Channing Powell
Written by: Channing Powell (based on the Nick Clark Windo novel)
Production: Studio Lambert
Broadcaster: Amazon (USA), Liberty Global (UK)
Sales: all3media international

The Outbreak (Russia)

Nehama (Israel)

Junichi (Japan)

Out of Competition

Vernon Subutex (France) 
Created by: Cathy Verney
Written by: Cathy Verney, Benjamin Dupas (based on the Virginie Despentes novels Vernon Subutex - Volumes 1 and 2)
Production: Je Films/Tetra Media Fiction
Broadcaster: Canal+
Sales: StudioCanal

Beecham House (UK)
Created by: Gurinder Chadha, Shahrukh Husain, Paul Mayeda Berges
Written by: Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges, Shahrukh Husain,Victor Levin
Production: Bend it TV
Broadcaster: ITV (UK)
Sales: Fremantle

Years & Years (UK)
Created by: Russell T Davies 
Written by: Russell T Davies
Production : RED Production Company (a StudioCanal group company), in co-production with BBC One, HBO and Canal+
Broadcaster: BBC One (UK), Canal+ (France), HBO (USA)
Sales: StudioCanal


The Rook (USA)

Now Apocalypse (USA)

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(Translated from French)

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