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Cédric Klapsich, Lars von Trier… At Séries Mania, the transition of filmmakers to series is confirmed


More than ever, the world of the 7th art is passionate about series. The proof with four famous directors on the program for this sixth edition. Great vintage in sight.

Once snubbed by film directors, series have become their favorite playground.

If David Lynch was one of the first to launch, with

Twin Peaks

in 1990, he was then followed by Martin Scorsese (


), Paolo Sorrentino (

The Young Pope

), Jane Campion (

Top of the Lake

), Xavier Dolan 

(The night when Laurier Gaudreault woke up

)… In France, some like Éric Rochant (

The Legends Office

), Cédric Klapisch (

Ten percent

) or Rebecca Zlotowski (

Les Sauvages

) can congratulate themselves on their successes.

This removal of the boundaries between cinema and series is confirmed again with Series Mania.

For its 6th edition, the festival, which takes place from March 17 to 24 in Lille and online, unveils a dozen fiction films made by renowned filmmakers.

Among them,

Greek salad


by Cédric Klapisch,


by Danièle Thompson and her son Christopher,

The Kingdom Exodus,

by Lars von Trier…

In video,

Greek Salad

by Cédric Klapisch with Romain Duris, the trailer

Added value ?

By taking an interest in the small screen, the directors drag in their wake the actors and actresses of cinema.

Thus, Mathieu Kassovitz, Marion Cotillard or Tahar Rahim have gradually invaded the space, just like Emmanuelle Béart, who shone last year in

Syndrome E,

on TF1, and who imposes herself this year as a juror of the international competition. of the Lille festival.

At his side in the jury: the president Lisa Joy (American showrunner of the hit series


), the Indian director Anurag Kashyap, the Briton Chris Chibnall (


), and the actors Judah Levi and the singer Lou Doillon, who will have to decide guest productions.

Focus on four highly anticipated highlights of the festival.

Cédric Klapisch gives us his

Greek Salad


Salade grec,

the series by Cédric Klapisch, Megan Northam and Aliocha Schneider embody the children of Romain Duris and Kelly Reilly, the Xavier and Wendy of the

Spanish Inn,

the feature film by the French director released in 2002. Jérôme Plon

Twenty years after the

Spanish Inn


Russian Dolls


Chinese Puzzle

), the French director opens the festival and creates a surprise by imagining the continuation of the adventures of Xavier and his band.

This series introduces us to the life of Tom and Mia (Aliocha Schneider and Megan Northam), the children that Xavier (Romain Duris) had with Wendy (Kelly Reilly).

In their twenties, the brother and sister find themselves in Athens, where the first wants to recover the sum of a family inheritance to finance his New York start-up, while the second, an alter-globalist, is there. installed to take care of an association for the aid of migrants.

A priori diametrically opposed, the duo will end up resoldering the links with the help of their foreign roommates (embodied by the young actors Fotini Peluso, Amir Baylly, Davide Lachini or Anna Kameníková).

A nod to fans of Cédric Klapisch's trilogy: the band from the

Spanish Inn

(Cécile de France, Kevin Bishop, Barnaby Metschurat) meet up for an episode for a scene steeped in nostalgia.

“Greek salad”, co-directed by Cédric Klapisch, Antoine Garceau and Lola Doillon,

April 14 on Amazon Prime Video.

Read alsoFilms and series to watch in March on Netflix

Danièle and Christopher Thompson celebrate


Victor Belmondo, in the role of Roger Vadim, and Julia de Nunez, in that of BB, are on the poster of the

Bardot miniseries,

signed Danièle and Christopher Thompson.

Thibault Grabherr/FTV/Federation

Announced as the event series of France 2,


t looks back on the life of the icon of the 1960s, from his 15 to 26 years.

In addition to bringing great moments of cinema to life (Bardot's frantic dance in

And God... Created Woman,

his duet with Jean Gabin in

In Case of Misfortune,

his meeting with Simon Frey on the set of Clouzot…), the miniseries by Danièle and Christopher Thompson looks back on the men in the life of the star.

Victor Belmondo (Roger Vadim), Noham Edge (Jean-Louis Trintignant), Jules Benchetrit (Sami Frey) or Oscar Lesage (Jacques Charrier): this new generation of actors gives a taste of renewal to the BB years.

As for the icon, she is embodied by Julia de Nunez, a young 22-year-old actress.

Same sulky pout, same deep gaze, she manages to pay homage to the myth while letting her own personality shine through.

This transposes the series into a fictional genre inspired by real events.

"Bardot", directed by Danièle and Christopher Thompson, soon on France 2. The series is presented in the French competition section.


- De Grace,

directed by Vincent Maël Cardona (

Les Magnétiques

), features a respected figure among the dockers of Le Havre (Olivier Gourmet), who sees his life change dramatically on the evening of his 60th birthday (Arte).

-Polar Park,

by Gérald Hustache-Mathieu and freely adapted from his film


released in 2011, features the same duo of zany investigators, played by Jean-Paul Rouve and Guillaume Gouix (Arte).


directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen and Raúl Arévalo, recounts a world deprived of electricity, in which characters struggle to adapt to this new reality (Movistar+).

- Funny Woman,

directed by Oliver Parker, with Gemma Arterton as Miss de Province who moved to London in the 1960s to become an actress and establish herself in the world of sitcoms (OCS).


by Russell T. Davies, in which Helena Bonham Carter plays a television legend fired from her series without explanation after eighteen years of good and loyal service (ITVX).

-The Drops of God,

signed Quoc Dang Tran, with star Japanese actor and singer Tomohisa Yamashita, is adapted from the famous manga by Tadashi Agi.

A story of heritage at the heart of the world of oenology, and an initiatory journey for the heroes, close to a world-famous wine critic (Apple TV+, France Télévisions).

Erwan Le Duc is

under control

Around Léa Drucker, Laurent Stocker, Samir Guesmi and Machita Daly are in the cast of

Under control,

the series of Erwan Le Duc.

Jean-Claude Lother

Noticed at Cannes in 2019, where he presented


Erwan Le Duc returns with a crazy political series.

The pitch?

Marie Tessier (Léa Drucker), idealistic and popular leader of the NGO Doctors of the World, is appointed to the Quai d'Orsay, while a hostage-taking in the Sahel creates a stir there.

A woman in the field, this single mother is known for her efficiency, but the machine of power will prove to be complex, even absurd.

Irresistible in this role of modern heroine overwhelmed by political codes, Léa Drucker returns to comedy after playing more serious roles as a scientist and shrink in

The War of the Worlds


The Office of Legends.

By his side in

Under Control:

Samir Guesmi, Laurent Stocker,

"Under control", directed by Erwan Le Duc.

This fall on Arte, and presented in the French competition section.

Lars von Trier returns with

The Kingdom Exodus

Return of the great thrill with

The Kingdom Exodus


The Hospital and its ghosts

in French), the third and final season of Lars von Trier's horror series.

After the first two parts broadcast in 1994 and 1997, the Danish director takes the viewer back to the Kingdom, the largest hospital in Copenhagen, equipped with a renowned neurosurgery department and built on former swamps haunted by ghosts and phenomena. paranormal.

Presented at the 2022 Venice Film Festival and then at the Toronto International Film Festival, this final season inspired by

Twin Peaks: The Return

might never have seen the light of day.

The reason ?

The sudden death of several members of the original cast would have initially discouraged the filmmaker from directing a sequel, before finally changing his mind.

For this grand finale, the filmmaker has brought together old and new actors (Udo Kier, Mikael Persbrandt or Lars Mikkelsen), for a cast of genius.

“The Kingdom Exodus”, directed by Lars von Trier.

Soon on Canal+ and presented in a special out-of-competition session.

Source: lefigaro

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