ART & CULTURE
As the pandemic changes the landscape of many festivals around the globe this year, Canneseries is one that has resisted, postponing to October. After the recent press-conference confirming its existence, we can happily look forward to seeing the festive pink carpet lining the Croisette from 9 - 14 October.
Wisely, ‘Season 3’ will be taking place both on the Croisette and online through the new Canneseries Live platform. For obvious reasons, including many on the foreign jury members not being able to attend but also as a back-up...just in case. Otherwise, the festival keeps pretty much the same structure as previous years, although with the appropriate safety protocols. It remains free to the public and includes premiers, masterclasses and talks from actors/producers.
While completely free to the public, tickets must be reserved online. Tickets are currently open for Cannes residents (two days early) and open to the general public on 25 September.
Riding on the previous edition’s success – which gathered more than 25,000 people and 400 journalists – Canneseries comes back with even more out of competition shows. The jury’s President won’t be in Cannes this year. American producer, Gale Anne Hurd (“Terminator” and “The Walking Dead”) will join online. The new Canneseries Live platform will give access to exclusive content throughout the festival, such as series screenings, masterclasses and interviews. Gale Ann Hurd will be joined by Ncuti Gatwa (“Sex Education”), Tawfik Abu Wael (“Our Boys”), Stewart Copeland, Camille Cottin (“Connasse” and “Dix pour Cent”), and Katja Herbers (“Westworld” and “Evil”).
Premiers not to miss:
Opening the festival is the premiere of the long-awaited series “La Flamme”, a Canal+ original series making fun of “The Bachelor”, with Jonathan Cohen as the title character. Co-written by Jérémie Galan and Florent Bernard, the series is loosely adapted from “Burning Love”, a show produced by Ben Stiller in the US. Jonathan Cohen is Marc, a clever and charming pilot looking for love. Over 9 weeks, 13 women will compete to ignite the flame in him. Beyond this now well-known pitch, “La Flamme” put together a burning hot cast with big names such as Géraldine Nakache, Ana Girardot, Vincent Dedienne, Gilles Lellouche, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Leïla Bekhti, Florence Foresti, Pierre Niney, François Civil, Laetitia Casta, Orelsan and many more…
“Losing Alice” is an Israeli made thriller that uses flashbacks and flash-forwards in a satisfyingly complex narrative that takes the viewer through the conscious and subconscious of its protagonist’s mind. The series follows Alice (played by Ayelet Zurer), a 48-year-old female film director, who feels irrelevant since raising her family. After a brief encounter on a train, she becomes obsessed with a 24-year-old screenwriter femme fatale, Sophie (played by Lihi Kornowski), and eventually surrenders her moral integrity in order to achieve power, relevance and success. The international premiers screens on 13 October at the Lumières theatre. The series will be available worldwide on Hot and Apple TV at the end of the year.
There are many more, so be sure to check out the full programme online: www.canneseries.com
- Alexa Bouhelier-Ruelle
CANNESERIES INSTITUTE TRANSFORMS
New year, new students, new name!
After three years, CANNESERIES INSTITUTE is transforming into CANNESERIES UNLIMITED and is now positioned as one of the most ambitious writing programmes in Europe!
An international residency dedicated to series writing, CANNESERIES UNLIMITED aims to bring out new talents from all horizons to develop European fiction with an international reach in order to offer the world strong, beautiful and universal stories. The call for applications for the next edition (2021) is now open until 8 November 2020. At the end of this period, 18 authors will be pre-selected to participate in the residency, which will take place according to a new process adapted for possible health uncertainties. The residency will begin at a distance with regular supervision by a mentor. Based on the evolution of the projects they write, eight finalists will be chosen to attend a three-week intensive residency in Cannes where they will finalise their project.