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The world premiere of the 60-minute pilot episode of HBO’s Succession, written by Jesse Armstrong, the UK creator of Peep Show and Fresh Meat, and directed by Adam McKay, whose credits include The Big Short and Anchorman, will open the ninth edition of Series Mania in Lille on April 27.

Brian Cox, Hiam Abbass and Matthew Macfadyen head the ensemble cast of Succession, which follows the travails of a dysfunctional media dynasty.

Additionally, the Official Competition is comprised of 10 world premieres of original global TV series. They include BBC and Sundance TV series The Split, created and written by Abi Morgan and directed by Jessica Hobbs, about a family of female lawyers, starring Nicola Walker. Also in Competition is Warner Bros and Paramount Network’s American Woman, created by John Wells and starring Alicia Silverstone and Mena Suvari. It is about awoman single-handedly bringing up her two daughters in the 1970s.

The Official Competition jury is headed by US writer and producer Chris Brancato, co-creator of Narcos, with Israel’s Maria Feldman, co-creator and producer of False Flag which won at Series Mania in 2015, and actor Clovis Cornillac and screenwriter and novelist Pierre Lemaitre, both from France. They will award the Grand Prix and Special Jury Prize, and awards for best actress and actor.

There will also be screenings of the first two episodes of the second season of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and the fourth season of Nimbus Film’s The Bridge as part of the New Season Premieres strand.

In addition to a French Competition, Series Mania’s other sections are International Panorama, the Best of the USA, Comedy Marathon and a series of Competition Shorts.

The French premiere of the first two episodes of the first season of X-Filme Creative Pool’s Babylon Berlin will close Series Mania.

The event, which runs from April 27-May 5, is being held in Lille for the first time this year. It previously took place in Paris. It opens after the end of the inaugural edition of Canneseries (April 4-11).

Official Competition (all world premieres)

Ad Vitam (Fr) Episodes 1& 2

  • Created by Thomas Cailley and Sébastien Mounier
  • Dir: Thomas Cailley
  • Prod co: ARTE France
  • Cast: Yvan Attal, Garance Marillier,
  • Intl sales: Lagardère Studios Distribution

American Woman (US) Episodes 1-3

  • Exec prods: John Wells, John Riggi
  • Dir: Alex Hardcastle
  • Cast: Alicia Silverstone, Mena Suvari
  • Worldwide dist: Warner Bros Television/Paramount Network

An Ordinary Woman (Rus) Episode 1

  • Created by Valeriy Fedorovich, Evgeniy Nikishov
  • Dir: Boris Hlebnikov
  • Prod co: 1,2,3 Production, TV3 Channel
  • Cast: Anna Mihalkova, Boris Hlebnikov,
  • Intl sales: TV3 Channel

Autonomies (Israel) Episodes 1 &2

  • Created by Yehonatan Indursky and Ori Elon
  • Dir: Yehonatan Indursky
  • Prod co: United Studios of Israel
  • Cast: Assi Cohen, Shuli Rand,
  • Intl sales: Keshet International

Il Miracolo (It-Fr) Episodes 1&2

  • Created by Niccolò Ammaniti
  • Dirs: Niccolò Ammaniti, Francesco Munzi, Lucio Pellegrini
  • Prod cos: Sky, Wildside, ARTE France, Kwaï
  • Cast: Guido Caprino, Alba Rohrwacher
  • Intl sales: FremantleMedia International

Mystery Road (Aus) Episodes 1&2

  • Scrs: Michaeley O’Brien, Steven McGregor, Kodie Bedford, Jon Bell, Tim Lee
  • Dir: Rachel Perkins
  • Prod cos: Bunya Productions, ABC
  • Cast: Aaron Pedersen, Judy Davis
  • Intl sales: all3media

On the Spectrum (Israel) Episodes 1 -3

  • Created by Dana Idisis, Yuval Shafferman
  • Dir: Yuval Shafferman
  • Prod co: Sumayoko Mtd
  • Cast: Niv Majar, Neomi Levov
  • Intl sales: Yes Studios

The Rain (Den) Episodes 1 & 2

  • Created by Jannik Tai Mosholt, Christian Potalivo, Esben Toft Jacobsen
  • Dirs: Kenneth Kainz, Natasha Arthy
  • Prods: Miso Film
  • Cast: Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Alba August,
  • Intl sales: Netflix 

The Split (UK) Episodes 1&2

  • Created by Abi Morgan
  • Dir: Jessica Hobbs
  • Prod co: Sister Pictures, Sundance TV
  • Cast: Nicola Walker, Deborah Findlay,
  • International sales: BBC Worldwide

Warrior (Den) Episodes 1&2

  • Scrs: Christoffer Boe, Simon Pasternak
  • Dir: Christoffer Boe
  • Prod co: Miso Film
  • Cast: Dar Salim, Danica Curcic
  • Intl sales: FremantleMedia International