In Séries Mania, the juries choose the safe values

Klara Kasparova (Trine Dyrholm) and Garry Kasparov (Christian Cooke) in the series “Rematch”, created by Yan England, André Gulluni and Bruno Nahon.

The jury of the international competition at the Séries Mania festival was probably chaired by an innovator, Zal Batmanglij (The OA, Murder at the end of the world), favored classicism. The winners’ list, presented on Friday, March 22 in Lille, thus reflects the general tone of a 2024 edition marked by a certain conservatism, whether in the choice of themes or forms.

The ceremony itself was more unpredictable, marked by the intervention of activists who displayed a Palestinian flag and protested against the presence at the festival of an Israeli institution, the Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem, and the organization by Séries Mania of a Franco-Israeli writing. home. They were more applauded than booed.

The grand prize went to Rematch, a miniseries that narrates the confrontations between the chess player Garry Kasparov and the Deep Blue computer, designed by the former computer giant, IBM. The reconstruction of the era – we are in Philadelphia and New York in 1996 and 1997 – and the linguistic freedoms (Kasparov, played by Christian Cooke, speaks English, even with his family) refer to a somewhat outdated way of remaking history, preserving at the same time the essential. , the staging of the beginnings of the artificial intelligence revolution, currently underway on your screens. Co-produced by Arte, Rematch It will be broadcast in the fall on the Franco-German channel.

Annette Bening, best actress award

The screenplay award went to a series very similar to the previous one (except that it is represented in German), Herrhausen. The banker and the bomb which chronicles the last days of the head of Deutsche Bank, murdered in a bomb attack in 1989. Annette Bening received the best actress award for her role in apples never fall family drama based on a novel by Liane Moriarty (author of the novel Little secrets, big lies, mounted in series with Big little lies), which obeys the rules of the melodramatic miniseries, so scrupulously that the cast, although dazzling (Sam Neill, Jake Lacy, Alison Brie), struggles to give it any life.

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Only the male actor award is out of the ordinary: it went to Palestinian actor Kamel El Basha, who plays the role of the imam of a Shiite mosque in the Sydney suburbs in house of the gods. Resorting to procedures common to all dramas that mix family and power, house of the gods observes with thoroughness and empathy a universe whose complexity escapes those who do not know it.

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