The pilot of HBO hit “Boardwalk Empire” is set to open Series Mania, a Paris-based festival showcasing international TV dramas that runs in the French capital April 11-18. Episodes of Neil Cross’s crime drama “Luther” closes the smallscreen celebration.
Series Mania’s second edition turns a spotlight on skeins from France, Australia, the U.K., the U.S., Canada, South Korea and Israel. Some of the selection’s highlights include Gaul’s “Tony’s Revenge,” Israel’s “Arab Labor,” Australia’s “East West 101,” U.K.’s “The Promise” and “Downton Abbey,” the U.S.’s “Treme” and South Korea’s “Comrades.”
Fest will hand out three International Press awards for best French show, actress and actor as well as an Audience Choice Nod for the most popular show.
Unspooling in Paris’ cultural center Le Forum des Images, Series Mania will also host various panels with French and foreign industry professionals analysing TV trends, such as web series and international co-productions. Another roundtable will present the new faces of French fiction dramas, while “Breaking Bad” will be the subject of a conference that discusses the series’ philosophical undertones.
Event is expected to draw a bevy of international guests, notably helmers Eytan Fox (“Mary Lou”), Peter Kosminsky (“The Promise”), thesp-show creator Lisa Kudrow (“Web Therapy”) and author-scribe Sayed Kashua (“Arab Labor”), who will present their shows and participate question and answer sessions. Series Mania will also screen complete seasons of Daniel Grou’s dark family drama “Xanadu,” Frank Darabont’s post-apocalyptic zombie skein “The Walking Dead” and Fox’s musical dramedy “Mary Lou.”
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