The Luminaries

Source: Fremantle

The Luminaries

The line-up for the 2020 edition of Series Mania, which runs March 20-28 in Lille, has been unveiled. 

The competition features the world premieres of two UK series’; Channel 4’s Adult Material, created by Lucy Kirkwood and starring Haley Squires; and Sophia Al-Maria’s Little Birds, which is based on the short story by Anais Nin, broadcast on Sky and starring Juno Temple.

Other highlights in the competition include Israel’s biggest budget drama series Valley Of Tears starring Lior Ashkenazi; German Netflix series Unorthodox from Anna Winger, the creator of international hit Deutschland 83, and Chilean Amazon Prime drama El Presidente, about the 2015 FIFA Gate corruption scandal.

Series Mania will open with the world premiere of UK/New Zealand project The Luminaries. Eleanor Catton’s six-part adaptation of her Man Booker-prize winning novel stars Eva Green and Himesh Patel and is produced by Working Title.

Screenwriter and producer Tom Perrotta presides over the jury comprising showrunner Nir Bergman, actors Rachel Griffiths and Caroline Proust, writer, director and producer Veena Sun, and novelist Karine Tuil.

The full competition line-up is below.

International competition

  • Adult Material (UK), created by Lucy Kirkwood
  • Cry Wolf (Denmark), written by Maja Jul Larsen
  • Inhuman Resources (France), writen by Pierre Lemaitre, Perrine Margaine
  • Little Birds (UK), created by Sophia Al-Maria
  • Moloch (Belgium), created by Arnaud Malherbe
  • No Man’s Land (France, Israel, Belgium), created by Maria Feldman, Eitan Mansuri
  • Patria (Spain), created by Aitor Gabilondo
  • El Presidente (Chile), created by Armando Bo
  • Unorthodox (Germany), created by Anna Winger
  • Valley Of Tears (Isreal), created by Amit Cohen, Ron Leshem, Daniel Amsel, Yaron Zilberman, Gal Zaid, Izhar Has-Lev

French competition

  • Cheyenne Et Lola, created by Virginie Brac
  • La Garconne, created by Dominique Lancelot
  • They Were Ten, written by Bruno Dega, Jeanne Le Gouillou
  • Moah, created by Henri Debeurme, Benjamin Richer, Bertrand Soulier
  • Parliament, created by Noe Debre
  • Romance, created by Herve Hadmar

The 15 projects selected to be pitched during the Co-Pro Pitching Sessions, part of the Series Mania Forum industry strand, have also been announced. They are:

  • A Marriage, Indigo Film, Italy
  • Casa Girls, The Film TV, France
  • Doppelgänger, AVI FILMS, Spain/Argentina
  • Frozen Land, Non-Stop Production, Russia
  • Good People, Hélicotronc, Belgium
  • Life and Fate, Cosmopolitan Pictures, United Kingdom
  • My First Family, Haut et Court TV, France/Israel
  • Play of Mirrors, Velázquez in Rome, Vertice 360, Spain
  • Submarine, The Mediapro Studio & Globo, Spain/Brazil
  • Tahrir, Artza Productions, Israel
  • The Abduction of Yossele Shumacher, Eran Riklis Productions, Israel
  • The Black Lady, AT-Production, France/Germany/Belgium
  • The Island, Producers At Work, Germany
  • Turbo, Sense Production, Serbia
  • Underground, Anagram Norway, Norway