David Mandil’s MoviePlus Productions, the Israeli banner which is presenting ”Miguel” at Canneseries Festival, is developing “The Silent Fighters,” a documentary feature about a classified military unit, and “Duduland” (working title), a drama series about the true story of disgraced Israeli TV star Dudu Topaz.
“Duduland,” which has been commissioned by HOT, will chronicle the epic downfall of Dudu Topaz, one of Israel’s biggest TV stars who embarked on a mission to bring down industry figures he held responsible for his fall from grace. He was eventually apprehended by the police and sent to prison, where he committed suicide.
The 8 one-hour episodes will be written and directed by Assaf Harel, a well-established screenwriter who won two Israeli Television Academy Awards for “Parliament,” a half-hour comedy series about five elderly men living in Israel, and wrote “Loaded” (“Mesudarim”), a hit comedy-drama series about four friends who sell their start-up company and move in together into a mansion. “Loaded” was adapted into a British show by Hillbilly Television and Keshet UK for Channel 4.
Meanwhile, “The Silent Fighters,” commissioned by Channel 10, sheds light on Israel’s Navy Seals through testimonies by ex-commanders and soldiers who share stories about their secret missions and reflect on their mistakes and fears.
Currently at a financing stage, “The Silent Fighters” will be directed by Tal Barda, a young director whose last documentary “The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev,” earned critical acclaim.
MoviePlus Productions is attending Canneseries with Daphna Levin’s “Miguel,” a Guatemala-set drama about Tom, a gay man who is determined to fulfill his dream of adopting a child. Commissioned by HOT, “Miguel” will world premiere in competition on April 10. Co-written by Tom Salama, the series weaves two storylines from the past and the present — one following Tom as he lands in Guatemala and adopts Miguel, a five-year-old orphan; and one which charts the journey of Miguel who is now 18 years-old and travels to Guatemala to search for his biological mom. The series revolves around the question of unconditional love in relationships between parents and their children, said Mandil’s banner.
One of Israel’s top production companies, MoviePlus’s credits include Natalie Portman’s directorial debut “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” and Joseph Cedar’s movies, notably “Footnote,””Beaufort” and “Norman” with Richard Gere, Steve Buscemi and Charlotte Gainsbourg.