Canneseries unveils the competition line-up of 10 buzzy international series | New


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Comedy-drama by Israeli director Talya Lavie Sad city girls and the black comedy of Finnish director Teemu Nikki Mister 8 are part of the 10 new international series selected for the competition section of the French television festival Canneseries, from October 8 to 13.

Now in its fourth edition, Canneseries was originally designed to coincide with the MIP-TV content market in Cannes in the spring. However, the Covid-19 pandemic pushed it into the fall for two years to unfold alongside MIPCOM, which returns as a physical event this year from October 11 to 14 for the first since 2019.

Sad city girls marks Lavie’s first full-fledged TV show after feature films Zero Motivation and Honey mood.

Rising Israeli actresses Maya Landsmann and Einat Holland, who also recently appeared in a satirical drama of IDF conscripts Rejected, co-star as two close friends who stay together through life’s ups and downs.

Lavie co-wrote the screenplay with actress and screenwriter Shir Reuven. Yoav Gross Production was the main producer; sales have not yet been set.

Mister 8 is the latest collaboration between Nikki and producer-writer Jani Pösö under the banner of their Helsinki-based company, It’s Alive Films.

The high-profile black comedy stars Krista Kosonen as the high-flying CEO with seven husbands – one for each day of the week. When she falls in love with an eighth man, it is a problem because there are not enough days in the week.

Other titles in the competition include the Cold War Thriller Series Totem, which is one in a series of big-budget original European productions approved by Amazon Prime Video over the past two years as it increases its investment in European content.

It stars Niels Schneider, Vera Kolesnikova, José Garcia, Lambert Wilson and Ana Girardot and is produced by Isabelle Degeorges and Arnaud de Crémiers, Olivier Dujols and Jérôme Salle for Gaumont.

Sign of the impact of the pandemic on the attendance of American and Asian professionals in European festivals, there are few American or Asian shows in the selection. Global US streamers are also largely absent, with shows produced in the US or Europe.

As previously announced, the festival will open with the second series of the global French rap drama On top, created and directed by French actor and director Franck Gastambide, who will also be the master of ceremonies for the opening night.

Italian drama Gomorra – Last season – the final season of the drama inspired by Roberto Saviano’s bestseller on the Neapolitan crime scene – will close the festival.

The festival will also present two other major dramatic productions out of competition: Around the world in 80 days, with David Tennant as 19th century adventurer Phileas Fogg, and Sissi, with Swiss-American actress Dominique Devenport (Night train in Lisbon) as the legendary 19th century Empress Elisabeth of Austria.

Canneseries 2021

Official competition

Awake (Ser)
Creator: Srdjan Dragojević
Screenwriters: Ljubica Lukovic, Matija Dragojević
Directors: Jelena Gavrilović, Uroš Tomić
To throw: Ivana Vukovic, Stefan Vukić, Dragoljub Ljubičić, Ljiljana Blagojević, Drena Mršić
Production: United media
Sales: United media
Disseminate: Nova S

Christian (This)
Creators: Enrico Audenino, Valerio Cilio, Roberto Saku Cinardi
Screenwriters: Enrico Audenino, Valerio Cilio, Renato Sannio, Patrizia Dellea
Directors: Stefano Lodovici, Roberto Saku Cinardi
Actors: Edoardo Pesce, Silvia D’amico, Giordano De Plano, Antonio Bannò, Francesco Colella, Lina Sastri, Claudio Santamaria
Production: Sky Studios, Lucky Red
Sales: New connection
Disseminate: Sky

Compatriots (Or)
Creators / writers: Izer Aliu, Anne Bjørnstad
Directors: Izer Aliu, Aurora Gossé, Brwa Vahabpour
To throw: Nader Khademi, Ayaz Hussain, Jonas Strand Gravli, Erika Strand Mamelund
Production: Rubicon, ARTE France
Sales: Banijay rights
Disseminate: NRK, Arte

Alice’s dreams (Rus)
Creators: Valeriy Fedorovich, Evgeniy Nikishov
Writers: Anastasia Volkova
Director: Andrey Dzhunkovskiy
To throw: Alina Gvasaliya, Vasilina Yuskovets, Ekaterina Vilkova, Aleksey Rozin, Aleksandra Rebenok, Denis Shvedov, Ekaterina Stulova
Production: 1-2-3 Manufacturing
Disseminate: Channel TV-3

Limbo… Hasta Que Lo Decida (Arg)
Creators: Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat
Writers: Margarita García Robayo, Ana Navajas, Nicolás Diodovich, Mariano Cohn Gastón Duprat, Javier Van de Couter, in collaboration with: Martín Bustos, Diego Bliffeld, Martín Vatenberg
Directors: Agustina Macri, Fabiana Tiscornia
To throw: Clara Lago, Mike Amigorena, Esteban Pérez, Enrique Piñeyro, Michel Noher, Andrea Frigerio, Carmen Maur
Production: Featured original productions
Sales: DMED
Disseminate: Star +

Mister 8 (Fin)
Creators: Teemu Nikki, Jani Pösö
Writers: Vesa Virtanen, Teemu Nikki, Antero Jokinen
Director: Teemu Nikki
To throw: Pekka Strang, Krista Kosonen, Olli Rahkonen, Chike Ohanwe, Elias Westerberg, Amir Escandari, Ville Tiihonen, Joonas Saartamo, Jari Virman, Matti Onnismaa, Hannamaija Nikander, Jouko Puolanto
Production: It’s living movies
Sales: International Federation
Disseminate: Elisa Vinde

Sad city girls (Isr)
Creators: Shir Reuven, Talya Lavie
Writers: Shir reuven
Director: Talya Lavie
To throw: Maya Landsmann, Einat Holland
Production Yoav Productions Brutes
Disseminate: HOT

The allegation (German)
Producers: Oliver Berben, Jan Ehlert
Writers: Ferdinand de Schirach
Director: Daniel Geronimo Prochaska
To throw: Peter Kurth, Narges Rashidi, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Désirée Nosbusch
Production: Moovie GmbH
Sales: Fremantle
Broadcaster: TV Now, Vox

Totems (Fr-Cze-Sp)
Creators: Olivier Dujols, Juliette Soubrier
Screenwriters: François Uzan, Thibault Valetoux, Julien Anscutter, Sabine Dabadie
Directors: Jérôme Salle, Antoine Blossier, Frédéric Jardin
To throw: Niels Schneider, Vera Kolesnikova, José Garcia, Lambert Wilson, Ana Girardot
Production: Gaumont (Isabelle Degeorges, Arnaud de Crémiers, Olivier Dujols, Jérôme Salle)
Distribution: Amazon Prime Video

Unknown (Isr)
Creators: Guy Sidis, Nirit Yaron, Tawfik Abu-Waël
Screenwriters: Guy Sidis, Nirit Yaron, Tawfik Abu-Waël
Director: Tawfik Abu Wael
To throw: Yehuda Levi, Shani Cohen, Yaniv Biton, Amir Tessler, Ofek Pessa’h, Ben Sultan
Production: Rabel Films
Sales: Lee Shira
Broadcasting: KAN Israel Public Broadcasting Corp

Out of competition

On top (In)
Creators: Franck Gastambide, Charles Van Tieghem, Xavier Lacaille, Giulio Callegari
Directors: Franck Gastambide, David Diane
Actors: Laëtitia Kerfa, Saïdou Camara, Brahim Bouhlel, Franck Gastambide, Sabrina Ouazani
Broadcaster: Canal +
Sales: Studiocanal

Gomorrah – Last season (This)
Designers: based on an idea by Roberto Saviano
Screenwriters: Leonardo Fasoli, Maddalena Ravagli, Valerio Cilio, Gianluca Leoncini
Directors: Marco D’Amore, Claudio Cupellini
Actors: Salvatore Esposito, Marco D’Amore, Ivana Lotito, Arturo Muselli
Broadcaster: Sky Italia
Sales: Beta Movie

Around the world in 80 days (Fr-United Kingdom)
Creators: Ashley Pharoah, Caleb Ranson
Writers: Ashley Pharoah, Caleb Ranson, Claire Downes, Ian Jarvis, Stuart Lane, Debbie O’Malley, Jessica Ruston, Peter McKenna, Stephen Greenhorn
Directors: Steve Barron, Charles Beeson, Brian Kelly
Actors: David Tennant, Leonie Benesch, Ibrahim Koma, Jason Watkins, Peter Sullivan
Production: Slim Film + Television, Fédération Entertainment
Broadcaster: France Télévisions, ZDF, Rai (the European Alliance), PBS
Sales: Beta Movie

Sissi (German)
Creators: Andreas Gutzeit, Robert Krause, Elena Hell
Writers: Ashley Pharoah, Caleb Ranson, Claire Downes, Ian Jarvis, Stuart Lane, Debbie O’Malley, Jessica Ruston, Peter McKenna, Stephen Greenhorn
Directors: Steve Barron, Charles Beeson, Brian Kelly
Actors: David Tennant, Leonie Benesch, Ibrahim Koma, Jason Watkins, Peter Sullivan
Production: Slim Film + Television, Fédération Entertainment
Broadcaster: France Télévisions, ZDF, Rai (the European Alliance), PBS
Sales: Beta Movie

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