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NRK, TSR buy ‘Jews and Muslims’

Arte commissioned four-part docu series

BIARRITZ — French shingle Phares et Balises has inked pre-sales deals with Norway’s NRK and Switzerland’s TSR on four-part docu series “Jews and Muslims: So Far, So Close” at TVFI’s Rendez-Vous mart in Biarritz.

The company is also in negotiations with buyers from Sweden, Morocco and Spain.

The Euros 1.7 million ($2.3 million) skein, which blends 2D watercolor animation with archive material, was commissioned by Franco-German net Arte.

Directed by Karim Miske, who previously helmed “Muslims in France,” it was penned by the helmer with Sylvie Grunberg-Jezequel, a former Arte France exec, and historian Emmanuel Blanchard.

Docu looks at the relationship between Jews and Muslims from the seventh century up to the present day, and takes the audience to Andalusia, Bagdad, Cairo, Istanbul, Palestine and Israel.

It includes interviews with European and American historians, writers and humorists.

The idea is to have a historical approach rather than a polemical one, and narrate the film in an engaging and visually appealing way,” said Phares et Balises’ topper of international development Yasmine Benkiran.

The animation is created by Thomas Azuelos, who illustrated the animated film “Chienne d’histoire,” which won the short film award in Cannes last year.

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