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Paris’ Series Mania festival will host a handful of highly anticipated world premieres, including Jim Carrey’s stand-up comedy series I’m Dying up Here, in its competition lineup.
The first episode of Carrey’s Showtime series will compete against the BBC’s Broken, starring Sean Bean and Anna Friel, and Channel 4’s Born to Kill, starring Romola Garai.
Australia’s Seven Types of Ambiguity, Norwegian drama Monster and Denmark’s Ride Upon the Storm from Borgen creator Adam Price will also make their world premieres in the competition.
“It’s a big deal because generally the Americans are very protective of their series,” said fest founder Laurence Herszberg of the international debuts for U.S. projects.
Amazon’s I Love Dick, French farcical Asian dictator comedy Kim Kong, Germany’s 4 Blocks and Israel’s Your Honor will round out the competition. The jury this year is headed by Damon Lindelof and will also award acting prizes for the first time.
Justin Theroux will make a special appearance to present the first two episodes of the last season of The Leftovers alongside Lindelof for the splashy opening-night premiere.
The first two episodes of the Watchowskis’ Netflix sci-fi show Sense8 will also make their world premiere screening at Series Mania before they drop on Netflix in May, outside of competition.
For the 20th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the festival will hold a conference to address the feminist philosophy and politics of the now iconic show.
Series Mania runs April 13-23.
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