The 2020 edition of French television festival CanneSeries will feature the world premieres of Amazon’s Simon Pegg/Nick Frost horror series Truth Seekers, the period crime drama Shadowplay starring Taylor Kitsch and Michael C. Hall, and the fourth season debut of Netflix’s hit French series Call my Agent!
Antoine Fuqua-produced Emmy-winning web series #Freerayshawn, featuring Laurence Fishburne, which originally premiered on short-form streamer Quibi, will have its international premiere in CanneSeries, which unveiled its official lineup Tuesday.
The 10 competition and 10 out of competition shows (see below) will screen to a largely-French crowd at the in-person event between October 9-14 as well as to audiences worldwide online. Rising coronavirus infection rates in France have forced CanneSeries to hold a hybrid version of the festival this year.
CanneSeries typically runs alongside Mipcom, an international television market, but COVID-19 concerns have led Mipcom to go fully digital for 2020. Among the highlights of this year’s CanneSeries competition are the Russian comedy-drama series 257 Reasons to Live, about a woman who, after her cancer goes into remission, decides to complete every wish on her bucket list; the Norwegian period drama Atlantic Crossing, which follows the true story of Norwegian Crown Princess Märtha’s efforts to fight the Nazis in WW2; and the Israeli neo-noir Losing Alice, which Apple has picked up worldwide.
The out of competition line-up kicks off with French series The Flame from Canal+ and closes with the season 4 premiere of Call my Agent!, the phenomenally successful Netflix comedy set behind the scenes of the French film and television industry. Sigourney Weaver and Camille Cottin will take part in a pan-Atlantic Zoom talk to discuss working together on the show’s final season.
Other high-profile shows screening including the Swedish crime drama Partisan, starring Fares Fares (Chernobyl), and Cheyenne and Lola, a French series from Spiral creator Virginie Brac about a pair of women who team up to cheat the criminal men in their lives.
French actors Gregory Fitoussi, Laetitia Eido, Caroline Proust, and Roxane Mesquida, along with actor, rapper, and director Jean-Pascal Zadi, and American musician and composer Randy Kerber make up this year’s CanneSeries jury.
Normal People actress Daisy Edgar-Jones will receive this year’s rising star award at the festival, while Judith Light (Transparent, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story) will be the lifetime achievement honoree.
Industry guests include Chernobyl and Mad Men star Jared Harris, Adult Swim celeb Eric André, Dark creators Jantje Friese and Baran Bo Odar, Sex and the City creator Darren Star, and The Walking Dead producer Gale Ann Hurd.
The full CanneSeries lineup is below.
257 Reasons to Live (Russia, 2019) — International Premiere Production: Yellow, Black and White; Start, Super Production Sales: Beta Film
Atlantic Crossing (Norway, 2019) — World Premiere Broadcast: NRK Sales: Beta Film
Cheyenne and Lola (France, Belgium, 2020) — World Premiere Broadcast: OCS Max Production: Lincoln TV in co-production with Orange Studio, Scope Pictures and Pictanovo, in association with VRT Sales: Orange Studio — Federation Entertainment
Losing Alice (Israel 2019) — International Premiere Broadcast: Hot Production: Dori Media Darset Sales: Dori Media International
Man in Room 301 (Finland 2019) — International Premiere Broadcast: Elisa, About Premium Content (APC) Production: Warner Bros. Television, Wall to Wall Sales: About Premium Content
Moloch (France 2019) — World Premiere Broadcast: Arte Production: Calt Studio Sales: Mediawan
Partisan (Sweden 2020) — World Premiere Broadcast: Viaplay Production: Warner Bros. ITVP Sverige AB, Johanna Wennerberg Sales: Federation Entertainment
Red Light (Belgium, Netherlands 2019/2020) – World Premiere Broadcast: NPO/BNNVara, DPG Media Production: Eyeworks, Hollands Licht in association with Manup Sales: Federation Entertainment
Top Dog (Sweden 2019) — World Premiere Broadcast: ZDFneo, TV4 Sweden Production: Filmlance, TV4/C More, ZDF and ZDF Enterprises Sales: ZDF Enterprises
Truth Seekers (UK 2019) — World Premiere Broadcast: Amazon Prime Video/Amazon Studios Production: Stolen Picture
OUT OF COMPETITION
The Flame (France) — Preview Broadcast: Canal+ Production: Making Production, Entre 2&4 Sales: Studiocanal
#Freerayshawn (USA) — International premiere Broadcast: Quibi Production: Fuqua Films, Sony Pictures TV
Ovni(s) (France) – World Premiere Broadcast: Canal+ Production: Canal+ Production, Montebello Productions Sales: Studiocanal
Shadowplay (France, Canada, Germany) — World Premiere Broadcast: ZDF, Viaplay, Canal+ (France), Canal+ (Poland), NPO (Netherlands) Production: Tandem Productions/Bron Studios in coproduction with ZDF Sales: Studiocanal
Call My Agent (France) —Season 4 Preview Broadcast: France Télévisions / Pôle France 2 Production: Mon Voisin Productions, Mother Production Sales: France Télévisions Distribution