Series Mania 2019 Winners
The Grand Prix was picked up by British Shane Meadows (This is England) drama The Virtues. The International Competition jury, led by screenwriter-producer Marti Noxon, said in a statement “From the first frame, ‘The Virtues’ moves you with its deep humanity. Masterfully directed, written and acted, the show is a prime example of the power of series television to illuminate and create empathy”, adding that Graham’s performance “is simply stunning. His powerfully raw portrayal of a man coming to grips with his past and himself is truly heart-breaking.” And it also got the best actor for Stephen Graham.
Series Mania’s Special Jury Prize went to the series Israeli Just for Today (Nir Bergman, Ram Nehari). Produced by Endemol Shine Israel for Yes TV, and sold internationally by Yes Studios, “Just for Today”.
“Suspenseful, touching and full of heart, Just for Today is a beautifully realized portrait of newly released prisoners and the social workers assigned to help them adjust to life on the outside,” Series Mania’s International Competition jury said in a statement.
Mytho commissioned by French-German broadcaster ARTE, sold by Federation Entertainment and to be released outside France and Germany by Netflix, the idiosyncratic drama-comedy “Mytho” proved a breakout audience hit at Series Mania and received the audience award. Produced by Unité de Production (“Razzia,” “The Churchmen,”), written by Anne Berest (“Paris Etc.”) and directed by Fabrice Gobert, creator of “Les Revenants,” “Mytho” won Series Mania’s Audience Award and Best actress plaudit for Marina Hands (“Tell No One,” “Lady Chatterly”). Marina Hands picked up the best actress award.
Other awards: Best French actor was picked up by Gregory Montel in Le Grand Bazar, Best French actress was Carole Weyers for her role in DOUBLE JE . Best comedy went to Canadian M’entendes tu, Best French Series was awarded to Apnea/ Une Ile ( The Woman from the Sea), produced by Image et Compagnie, sold by Lagardere Studios Distribution, and acquired by Amazon Prime Video for France. From Scandi powerhouse Norway, produced by Fremantle Norway, NRK’s Exit, an acid tragicomic depiction of Norway’s financial elite, it won Best series in a highly competitive international panorama, featuring series such as Yes Studios’ Asylum City and Sky Deutschland’s Eight Days. Best short-forms instead went to People Talking Created, written, directed and music by Álvaro Carmona. With Álvaro Carmona, Celia de Molina and others.