A tantalising programme for Série Series
by Fabien Lemercier
- The 5th edition of the event for industry professionals dedicated to European series will be held from 29 June to 1 July in Fontainebleau
Tomorrow the 5th edition of Série Series (see our interview with managing director Marie Barraco) kicks off in Fontainebleu, three very popular days of professional meetings dedicated to European TV series featuring screenings, case studies, workshops, debates and masterclasses.
Opened by the first episode of season one of Norwegian thriller Valkyrien by Erik Richter Strand, the event will also unveil the first episodes of British series Marcella (the screenplay for which was written by Swede Hans Rosenfeldt – a story that delves into the heart of the homicide division of the Metropolitan Police of London) and German production Tomorrow I Quit by Martin Eigler (which centres around a desperate printer who starts printing fake notes).
The programme for ‘Ça tourne!’, which presents series currently in production and due to hit screens in the coming months, features two Belgian productions: sentimental road-trip Tytgat Chocolat by Filip Lenaerts and Marc Bryssinck, and Unité 42 by Guy Goossens (about a police unit which fights cybercrime). Italy also makes an appearance with Rocco Schiavone by Michele Soavi (based on the crime novels by Antonio Manzini), as does Norway with thriller series Monster by Anne Sewitsky and Pål Jackman, along with Sweden with two productions: Farang by Erik Leijonborg and Daniel di Grado (a former criminal in the witness protection programme who has been hiding away in Thailand for 10 years, suddenly sees his past catch up with him) and police investigation-based series Before We Die by Simon Kaijser. Then there’s Franco-British co-production The Collection by Dearbhla Walsh and Dan Zeff (the story of a famous fashion house in Paris, set just after the Second World War), British-American series Foreign Bodies by Jonathan Van Tulleken (two friends who have just completed their studies set off on a trip to China, which has some surprises in store for them) and Guyane by French director Kim Chapiron (about the misfortunes of a geology student from Paris undertaking an internship in South America in a gold-mining company).
Turning to the case studies (which will rest on screenings of episodes), Scandinavia will kick off strong with two Swedish titles: The Bonus Family by Felix Herngren, Emma Bucht and Martin Persson (about a couple who start a reconstituted family together) and Hashtag by Anders Hazelius (the story of which centres around an Instagram account on which everyone exposes and makes fun of the personal lives of others). Then there’s Shame by Norwegian director Julie Andem (which centres around teenagers at a high school in Oslo), The Day Will Come by Dane Jesper W Nielsen (about two yound brothers who are placed in foster care in 1967) and Downshifters by Finnish director Teppo Airaksinen (which tells a story of downward social mobility). Two British productions will also feature: Flowers by Will Sharpe (about a couple in crisis), and The Secret by Nick Murphy (based on the true story of an astonishing pair of killers made up of a Sunday school teacher and a dentist). Finally, the programme features Czech production Cosmic by Jan Bartek (a socio-political satire on the first Czech manned mission to the moon, which, of course, never happened in real life).
A new addition to this year’s edition is the ‘What’s next?’ section, which will focus on three series currently in production but which won’t be broadcast until 2017: Generatie B (Belgium), Mayday (Denmark) and Eden (France/Germany).
The Série Series programme is completed by masterclasses that will be held by Swedish producer Lars Blomgren (Filmlance International AB), British screenwriter Matthew Graham (Life On Mars; Ashes to Ashes), his Spanish colleague Anaïs Schaaff (El ministerio del tiempo), French composer Nathaniel Méchaly (Midnight Sun/Jour Polaire) and Danish writer Jeppe Gjervig Gram (Borgen; Follow the Money).
A number of debates are also on the cards, which will decipher current trends in European series (with regard to subject matter, content, genre, the editorial lines of distributers, etc), and innovative content won’t be overlooked either, with, among others, a presentation on Vivendi’s application Studio+ (which carries exclusive series, developed for smartphones and tablets with episodes lasting 5 to 10 minutes, filmed in five languages and in 18 countries), and British thriller Shield 5, created exclusively for Instagram using 15-second videos and photos.
(Translated from French)