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ARE YOU SERIES 2019

The 7th edition of Are You Series boasts a jam-packed programme

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- The latest edition of the festival will unfold in Brussels between 11 – 15 December, boasting its fair share of premieres and high calibre guests

The 7th edition of Are You Series boasts a jam-packed programme
Foodie Love by Isabel Coixet

Are You Series is returning for its 7th edition in order to celebrate small-screen creators in big-screen style. HBO, in particular – a network which is opening up to Europe – will be placed centre stage, as will distinguished European directors, such as Isabel Coixet, who will open the festival by unveiling her very first series, Foodie Love (read our review), and Paolo Sorrentino, whose second season of The Young Pope, intitled The New Pope, will be broadcast by the festival, with three choice newcomers - Sharon Stone, John Malkovich and Marylin Manson – now starring in a cast already graced by the likes of Jude Law, Cécile de France and Ludivine Sagnier (read our review).

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Are You Series? will also be shining a light on series produced in the North, by way of a focus on Scandinavian works. These titles include a comedy set in the world of high finance (The Oil Fund), a spy thriller in the midst of the Cold War (Shadow Lines), an investigation unfolding amidst icy Norwegian temperatures and involving the FBI, serial-killers and unresolved crimes (Wisting), and a dramedy about a pair of high-flying ex-crooks who return to their old ways in order to lift their family out of the suburban humdrum that now consumes them (Pros & Cons)...

Talent hailing from France will also be hurled centre stage, with the festival all set to screen a preview of Savages. Recently broadcast on Canal+ to successful effect, the series is based upon the book by Sabri Louatah. It was adapted and directed by Rebecca Zlotowski (Belle épine [+see also:
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, Grand Central [+see also:
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interview: Rebecca Zlotowski
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, Planetarium [+see also:
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interview: Rebecca Zlotowski
film profile
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, An Easy Girl [+see also:
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interview: Rebecca Zlotowski
film profile
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) and stars Roschdy Zem and Marina Foïs among the cast. The audience will also find a fantastic pairing in the form of Mathieu Amalric and Eddy Mitchell, who top the bill of L’Agent Immobilier, an Arte series co-penned by the Israeli duo composed of Shira Geffen and Etgar Keret (the winner of Cannes’ 2006 Golden Camera for Jellyfish [+see also:
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).

We should also mention the new queen of English film and star of the Emmy Awards Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who will be the focus of a binge-watching session, during which both seasons of the cult series Fleabag will be streamed.

On the professional side, meanwhile, Are You Series? is once again organising pitching sessions for emerging creators, not to mention a whole new event: Serial Dating – The Big Get-Together for TV Series Creatives.

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(Translated from French)

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