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.
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 Blinders, Taboo, Eastern 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.
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
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
Sales: KANSAI TV and MY THEATER D.D
Creator: Vidar Magnussen
Cast: Vidar Magnussen, Pål Rønning, Charlie Hutton, Ola G. Furuseth, Anette Amalie Larsen, Preben Hodneland, Lars Berge, Kristoffer Olsen, Tim Ahern
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
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)
Creator: 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
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
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
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
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
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
YEARS & YEARS (UK)
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)