Despite the health context, the Cannes series festival has managed to maintain its third edition, crowning the Swedish series “Partisan”.
“Partisan”, a Swedish thriller with a mysterious atmosphere, won the prize for the best series on Wednesday at the Canneseries festival. The latter also awarded all the actors and actresses of the Dutch-Belgian series “Red Light” with a special interpretation prize.
The series festival has managed to maintain its third edition from October 9 to 14 in Cannes despite the health context, while many events have been canceled. “We did it and that’s the most important thing!” Greets President Benoît Louvet. No question this year of providing attendance figures (last year the festival attracted 25,000 people) because with the limited gauges in the screening rooms, the goal was not to fill up with viewers but to ” maintain the link, ”explains the official to AFP.
“We prove that it is possible to hold an event”, he greets. Thanks to the Canneseries studio, celebrities who remained in their country, especially American stars, were able to give remote interviews while with the Canneseries Live platform, festival-goers who were unable to go to Cannes were able to discover the series in competition, a model that other festivals are watching carefully to be able to draw inspiration from it, he says.
Disturbing green community
The closing ceremony was held in the presence of the team of the series “Ten percent”, whose first episodes of season 4 were broadcast in preview.
Actress Sigourney Weaver, a prestigious guest of the French series, remotely awarded the “Le Parisien audience prize”, awarded after a vote on the internet, to the “Validé” series by Franck Gastambide, broadcast on Canal + . “Partisan”, crowned best series, is the last project of the Lebanese-Swedish actor Fares Fares (“Confidential Cairo”, “Chernobyl”, “Westworld”…), who plays the main role, produced it and co-wrote it.
It plays Johnny, a lonely character who integrates a gated community that does organic farming, Jordnära, as a truck driver. “My character discovers this new world which is not really what it seems at first glance,” he explains in a video presentation of the series.
At the same time as him enter this disturbing green community, two teenage girls, Nicole and Maria, foster children who spend their summer there. Quickly, he will suspect the existence of trafficking.
The “Red Light” series, which explores the world of prostitution, including actress Carice Van Houten who plays the character of Melisandre in the “Game of Thrones” series, won the interpretation prize and the brand new prize. high school students. Co-created by Carice Van Houten and Halina Reij, this punchy series looks at the story of three women caught up in the world of prostitution and human trafficking in Amsterdam and Antwerp.
Russian actress Polina Maksimova is awarded the interpretation prize for “257 Reasons to Live” while the French Arnaud Malherbe and Marion Festraëts are awarded the prize for best screenplay for Moloch (Arte). Ten series were in competition: the Norwegian “Atlantic Crossing”, the Swedish “Top Dog” and “Partisan”, the Finnish “Man in room 301”, the Russian comedy “257 reasons to live”, the Israeli “Losing Alice” , “Red Light”, the British comedy “Truth Seekers” and the French “Moloch” and “Cheyenne et Lola”.
The 2020 jury was made up of actresses Laëtitia Eïdo (“Fauda”), Roxane Mesquida (“Now Apocalypse”) and Caroline Proust (“Engrenages”), actor Grégory Fitoussi (“La Garçonne”), composer Randy Kerber ( “The Eddy”) and the director Jean-Pascal Zadi (“Simply black”).