Screen Daily: Canneseries unveils 2022 competition line-up

By Screen Daily / Melanie Goodfellow



French Oscar-winning director Xavier De Lestrade’s investigative thriller The Inside Game, Seeds Of Wrath and Danish bio-series The Dreamer – Becoming Karen Blixen are among the 10 new series selected for competition in the upcoming edition of French TV festival Canneseries (April 1-6).

The fifth edition sees the event return its traditional springtime slot coinciding with the MipTV content market (April 4-6), after the festival moved to September in 2021 due to the Covid-pandemic. 

Political thriller The Inside Game, Seeds Of Wrath stars Alix Poisson as a journalist who tries to get to the truth of why children in a town in rural France are being born with deformities. Poisson previously appeared in De Lestrade’s HBO acquired true-crime drama, Laetitia. 

In The Dreamer – Becoming Karen Blixen, Connie Nielsen plays the celebrated Out Of Africa author. It is produced by Zentropa and Nordic Entertainment Group for Nordic streaming platform Viaplay, as a Viaplay Original title.

Further titles in competition include Italian director Andrea Di Stefano’s teenage mobster drama Bang Bang Baby. It is produced by Wild Side and The Apartment for Amazon. 

Other contenders include Punishment, based on a collection of stories by German lawyer and best-welling writer Ferdinand von Schirach, adapted by Hüseyin Tabak, Bernd Lange and Oliver Hirschbiegel.

Out of Competition, Paramount’s videogame adaptation Halo will open the festival and French comedy series Le Flambeau, Les Aventuriers De Chupacabra, which is an adaptation of Erica Oyama-Marino’’s hit show Burning Love, will close the event.

Full competition line-up
1985 (Bel) 
Creator, Writer, director: Willem Wallyn
Cast:Tijmen Govaerts, Mona Mina Leon, Aimé Claeys
Prod: Eyeworks Film & TV Drama
Sales: Studiocanal
Broadcast: VRT, RTBF (Bel), CANAL+ (Fr)

Afterglow (Nor)
Creator: Atle Knudsen, Kjetil Indregard
Writers: Indregard, Mads Løken
Director: Knudsen
Cast: Nina Ellen Ødegård, Thorbjørn Harr, Sara Khorami, Hermann Sabado, Per Kjerstad, Hanne Skille Reitan
Production: Monster Scripted
Sales: Reinvent Studios International
Broadcast: NRK

Audrey’s Back (Can)
Creators, writers: Guillaume Lambert, Florence Longpré
Director: Lonergan
Cast: Florence Longpré, Josée Deschênes, Denis Bouchard, Martin-David Peters, Zeneb Blanchet, Joanie Guérin, Ellicyane Paradis, Charlie Lemay-Thivierge, Dominic St-Laurent Production: PIXCOM
Sales: Beta Film GmbH 
Broadcast: Club Illico/ Québecor Media

Bang Bang Baby (It)
Creator: Andrea Di Stefano
Writers: Andrea Di Stefano, Sebastiano Melloni, Valentina Gaddi
Directors: Michele Alhaique, Margherita Ferri, Giuseppe Bonito
Cast: Arianna Becheroni, Adriano Giannini, Antonio Gerardi, Dora Romano, Lucia Mascino, Giuseppe De Domenico
Production: The Apartment, Wildside, Amazon Studios
Broadcast: Prime Video

El Inmortal (Sp)
Writers: Diego Sotelo, David Moreno
Directors: David Ulloa, Rafa Montesinos
Cast: Álex García, Emilio Palacios, Marcel Borrás, María Hervás, Teresa Riott, Claudia Pineda, Jon Kortajarena, Catalina Sopelana
Production: Movistar Plus+, Telemundo, Dlo
Sales: Beta Film GmbH 
Broadcast: Movistar Plus+

The Inside Game, Seeds Of Wrath (Fr)
Creators: Antoine Lacomblez, Jean-Xavier De Lestrade Scé
Writers: Lacomblez, De Lestrade, Séverine Werba
Director: De Lestrade Interprétation
Cast: Alix Poisson, Laurent Stocker, Pierre Perrier, Marilou Aussilloux, Pascal Elbé, Jean-François Sivadier, Guillaume Marquet, Juliette Navis, Armelle Abibou, Francis Leplay Production: What’s Up Films, Arte France, Pictanovo
Sales: Newen Connect 
Broadcast: ARTE

Punishment (Ger)
Writers: Hüseyin Tabak, Bernd Lange, Oliver Hirschbiegel,
Directors: Tabak, Hirschbiegel
Cast: Hans Löw, Sahin Eryilmaz, Sevda Polat (The Thorn), Katharina Hauter, Jan Krauter, Thomas Loibl
Production: Moovie GmbH
Sales: Constantin Film 
Broadcast : RTL+ /VOX Television GmbH

The Dreamer - Becoming Karen Blixen (Den, Bel, South Africa)
Creator: Dunja Gry
Writers: Gry, Per Daumiller
Director: Jeanette Nordahl
Cast: Connie Nielsen, Hanne Uldal, Joachim Fjelstrup, Lene Maria Christensen, Lars Mikkelsen, Solbjørg Højfeldt, Lochlann Ó Mearáin, Johannes Kuhnke
Production: Zentropa Episode
Sales: TrustNordisk 
Broadcast: Viaplay

The Lesson (Irs)
Creator: Deakla Keydar
Writer: Deakla Keydar
Director: Eitan Zur
Cast: Maya Landsmann, Doron Ben-David, Leib Lev Levin, Alma Zak, Dvir Benedek
Production: Jasmine TV
Sales: Federation Entertainment
Broadcast: Kan 11 TV

Souls (Ger)
Creator: Alex Eslam
Writers: Eslam, Lisa Van Brakel, Senad Halilbasic, Erol Yesilkaya
Directors:Alex Eslam, Hanna Maria Heidrich Interprétation - Cast : Brigitte Hobmeier, Julia Koschitz, Lili Eppy, Aleksandar Jovanovic, Aaron Kissiov
Production: Geißendörfer Pictures GmbH, SKY Deutschland
Sales: NBCUniversal Global Distribution
Broadcast: Sky One

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