Source: Canneseries/NRK


Canneseries, the annual TV festival running alongside the MIPTV content market in Cannes, has unveiled the competition line-up for its second edition (April 5-10).

The first two epsidoes from 10 new international series will screen in the main competition (apart from The Outbreak, which will screen only its first episode).

Titles include Channing Powell’s London-set psychological thriller The Feed for Amazon and Liberty Global. David Thewlis stars in the dystopian tale as the inventor of a brain implant that allows people to share thoughts and emotions alongside Guy Burnet, Michelle Fairley and Nina Toussaint-White as his family members.

Further contenders include Norwegian actor and writer Vidar Magnussen’s quirky NRK-backed police detective tale Magnus, in which he stars as a bumbling investigator bought into solve a case with supernatural elements in a remote part of Norway. 

Also in in competition is Federation Entertainment’s The Twelve, the latest series from Belgian writers Bert Van Dael and Sanne Nuyens, who previously collaborated on crime drama Hotel Beau Séjour; and Japanese series Junichi, created by Hi Mitsunobu Kawamura, Eiji Kitahara and Cannes Palme d’Or winner Hirokazu Kore-eda. It is adapted from a novel by Areno Inuoe.

Swiss-born showrunner Baran bo Odar, whose credits include Dark, will preside over a jury also including actor, director and author Stephen Fry (Peter’s Friends, Blackadder, Gosford Park); actors Miriam Leone (Non uccidere), Emma Mackey (Sex Education) and Katheryn Winnick (Vikings); and composer Robin Coudert (The Bureau). 

Out of Competition

The festival’s Out of Competition features an impressive array of eagerly awaited series. As previously announced, they include Cathy Verney’s adaptation of Virginie Despentes’s cult novels Vernon Subutex, starring Romain Duris as its titular on-his-uppers record store owner.

Further series due to play Out of Competition include Gurinder Chadha’s period drama Beecham House, set in India during British rule and co-written with Paul Mayeda Berges and Shahrukh Husain; and Gregg Araki’s sex comedy Now Apocalypse.

Special events

Alongside the screenings, there will also be masterclasses by UK actress Diana Rigg, who will talk about her career, ranging from the iconic show The Avengers to more recently Game Of Thrones; and Steven Knight, creator of Peaky BlindersTabooEastern Promises and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

Canneseries was launched in 2018 to showcase and celebrate international drama series from around the world. Former French culture minister Fleur Pellerin runs the event alongside general manager Benoît Louvet. The artistic director is Albin Lewi. 

Canneseries 2019

Official Competition

Bauhaus - A New Era / Die neue Zeit (Ger)

Creator: Lars Kraume

Cast: Anna Maria Mühe, August Diehl, Trine Dyrholm, Valerie Pachner, Ludwig Trepte, Birgit Minichmayr
Broadcaster: ZDF / ARTE

Sales: Beta Film

How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast) (Ger)

Creator: Philipp Käßbohrer, Matthias Murmann

Cast: Maximilian Mundt, Danilo Kamperidis, Lena Klenke, Damian Hardung, Leonie Wesselow, Luna Schaller, Bjarne Mädel
Broadcaster: Netflix

Junichi (Jap)

Creator: Hi Mitsunobu Kawamura, Eiji Kitahara, Hirokazu Kore-Eda, based on a novel by Areno Inoue
Cast: Jun Shison, Mina Fujii, Kaho Nao, Mieko Harada, Noriko Eguchi, Aju Makita, Marika Ito

Broadcaster: KANSAI TV


Magnus (Nor)

Creator: Vidar Magnussen

Cast: Vidar Magnussen, Pål Rønning, Charlie Hutton, Ola G. Furuseth, Anette Amalie Larsen, Preben Hodneland, Lars Berge, Kristoffer Olsen, Tim Ahern
Broadcaster: NRK

Sales: Viafilm

Nehama (Isr)

Creator: Reshef Regev Levi

Cast: Reshef Regev Levi, Shalom Michaelshvili, Liron Weissman, Gala Kogen, Yuval Segal, Eran Zaracovitz, Gila Almagor, Yuval Scharf

Broadcaster: Hot Telecommunication Systems

Sales: Hot Telecommunication Systems

Perfect Life (Déjate Llevar) (Sp)
Creator: Leticia Dolera

Cast: Leticia Dolera, Celia Freijeiro, Aixa Villagrán, Enric Auquer
Broadcaster: MOVISTAR+

Sales: Beta Film

Studio Tarara (Bel)

Creator: Tim Van Aelst

Cast: Koen De Graeve, Ruth Beeckmans, Peter Van den Begin, Janne Desmet, Geert Van Rampelberg
Broadcaster: VTM (Medialaan)
Sales: Wild Bunch

The Feed (UK-US)

Creator: Channing Powell

Cast: Michelle Fairley, David Thewlis, Nina Toussaint-White, Guy Burnet
Broadcaster: Amazon/US, Liberty Global/UK
Sales: all3media international

The Outbreak (Rus)
 Valeriy Fedorovich, Evgeniy Nikishov

Cast: Kirill Kyaro, Viktoria Isakova, Alexander Robak, Maryana Spivak
Broadcaster: TV-3 Channel

Sales: GPM ETV

The Twelve (Bel)

Creator: Bert Van Dael, Sanne Nuyens

Cast: Maaike Cafmeyer, Maaike Neuville, Tom Vermeir, Charlotte De Bruyne, Peter Gorissen
Broadcaster: één
Sales: Federation Entertainment

Out of Competition

Beecham House (UK)

Creator: Gurinder Chadha, Shahrukh Husain, Paul Mayeda Berges
Cast: Tom Bateman, Lesley Nicol, Leo Suter, Dakota Blue Richards, Gregory Fitoussi, Pallavi Sharda, Bessie Carter, Adil Ray, Viveik Kalra, Roshan Seth, Marc Warren

Broadcaster: ITV UK

Sales: Fremantle

Creator: Jami O’Brien based on the novel by Joe Hill

Cast: Zachary Quinto, Ashleigh Cummings, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Virginia Kull, Ebon Moss- Bachrach, Jahkara J. Smith

Broadcaster: AMC

Sales: Amc Studios International

Now Apocalypse (US)

Creator: Gregg Araki

Cast: Avan Jogia, Kelli Berglund, Beau Mirchoff, Roxane Mesquida, Tyler Posey, Desmond Chiam, Jacob Artist, RJ Mitte, Taylor Hart, Evan Hart, James Duval

Broadcaster: STARZ
Sales: Lionsgate

The Rook (UK)

Creator: Karyn Usher, Lisa Zwerling, and Stephen Garrett (Based on the novels by Daniel O’Malley)

Cast: Emma Greewell, Joely Richardson, Olivia Munn, Adrian Lester, Ronan Raftery, Catherine Steadman, Jon Fletcher

Broadcaster: STARZ

Sales: Lionsgate

Vernon Subutex (Fr) (Opening Series)
Creator: Cathy Verney, based on the novels Vernon Subutex - Volumes 1 and 2 by Virginie Despentes
Cast: Romain Duris, Céline Sallette, Laurent Lucas, Flora Fischbach, Philippe Rebbot, Florence Thomassin, Emilie Gavois-Kahn, Athaya Mokonzi

Broadcaster: CANAL+


Creator: Russel T. Davies

Cast: Emma Thompson, Rory Kinnear, Russell Tovey, Ruth Madeley, Jessica Hynes, Anne Reid, T’nia Miller, Maxim Baldry, Lydia West, Jade Alleyne, Dino Fetscher, Sharon Duncan- Brewster, Zita Sattar, George Bukhari, Rachel Logan

Broadcaster: BBC ONE (UK) / CANAL+ (France) / HBO (USA)