At the Séries Mania festival, five hyperrealistic series in competition

♦ Jerusalem

The detective plot of Jerusalem, one of two Israeli series (with The Echo of your voice) selected in international competition, takes place in the Christian, Muslim and Jewish quarters of the old town. It is in this km2 to the narrow and very touristy streets that Amir, a multilingual policeman, manages the conflicts between the confessions while trying to maintain a certain balance. The investigation into the murder of the son of a murdered friend awakens a painful past for him, and tensions with a powerful religious dignitary, ten days before the two holy festivals of Tisha Beav and Aïd el-Kebir. Panting, remarkably produced and interpreted, David Ackerman’s series (for the broadcaster Hot), shows the complexity of Jerusalem and the power issues within this city, “Where the slightest spark can set the world on fire”.

At the Séries Mania festival, five hyperrealistic series in competition


The Nordic countries are also doubly represented in the international competition, with the Danish series Suicide bomber on a social media star facing the loss of her family in an accident, and, in a completely different genre, the Icelandic Blackport. Purchased by Arte, this picaresque social fresco depicts the uprising of fishermen against fishing quotas which threaten to ruin their village. Secretary at the town hall, Harpa takes advantage of an accident to try to create a fishing empire using this new quota system, while the mayor goes up to Parliament to defend the sailors. Blackport takes us on a journey, with fervor, humor and humanity, in the great social struggles of the 1980s and a collective that tries to move forward without breaking out.

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At the Séries Mania festival, five hyperrealistic series in competition

♦ Furia

Through this hyperrealistic and very effective thriller, the Norwegian Gjermund S. Eriksen, marked by the attacks of July 22, 2011 in Oslo and Utøya shows how much the far right now knows how to be discreet and use technological means to shape minds and move projects forward. After the murder of his lawyer wife, officer Asgeir, hunted down by Russian mobsters after a calamitous infiltration, fled Oslo to settle under a new identity in a small town with a fairytale decor. After the fire of a migrant home, then the murder with stones of the son of a notorious extremist, the city is emerging from its calm. While investigating, the police officer gets closer to the mysterious Ragna, waitress by day and hate blogger after dark. The extremes, like the police, have learned to coordinate better over the course of the attacks.

At the Séries Mania festival, five hyperrealistic series in competition

♦ Germinal

This very free television adaptation of Émile Zola’s novel is the first co-production from the Alliance created in 2018 by France Télévisions, Italian Rai and German ZDS. With this work with a budget of 2 million episodes, Germinal plays in the heart of large platforms, with around sixty roles (Thierry Godard, Alix Poisson, Louis Perez…), around forty sets, 2,400 extras. Entrusted to the young and talented David Hourrègue (Skam France) and Julien Lilti (Hippocrates), this colorful and humane series boasts influences from British series such as Peaky Blinders. These “adapters” of Zola’s novel, as they present themselves, wanted to give the series a contemporary resonance by speaking of “globalization” or by giving women leading roles. Germinal is the only Frenchwoman out of the eight in international competition.

At the Séries Mania festival, five hyperrealistic series in competition


In French competition of the festival (with Mona and her daughters, Young and Golri, The Code…), Opera stands out for its realism and subject matter: a look behind the scenes at the Paris Opera, and its difficulty in integrating difference. Through the long and graceful bodies in tutus and buns of the Corps de Ballet, stands out that of Flora, a 19-year-old black dancer hired as a “supernumerary” and unwelcome by others. She admires Zoé, a 35-year-old star dancer, whose new management wants the departure, the reform of the statute allowing her to work until the age of 42. Both, each in their own way, fight for their dignity by asserting their singular talent. Broadcast on OCS, this very realistic series by Cécile Ducroq and Benjamin Adam describes with realism and finesse a certain microcosm of dance, with a hollow critique of youthism and the uniformity of our society.


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