Mediawan-owned Storia Television is teaming up with French public broadcaster France Televisions on “Et la montagne fleurira,” an ambitious period drama which starts to shoot today, May 19, on the French Riviera.
Eléonore Faucher, whose feature debut “A Common Thread” won Cannes’ Critics’ Week in 2004, wrote and directs the series. Faucher most recently helmed the crime mystery “La Maladroite” with Isabelle Carré (“De Gaulle”) and Émilie Dequenne (“Love Affair(s)).”
Based on Françoise Bourdon’s novel “Le Mas des Tilleuls,” the series is a six-part family saga set in 1837 in Provence and follows a man, Jean-Baptiste, who was banned from this childhood home by his father after being wrongfully accused of having abused his step mother, Seraphine. Jean-Baptiste runs away to live with his aunt and eventually become a merchant of rare flowers and finds love with Lila. But his happiness is crushed when a revolt spreads across Provence, forcing him to reclaim rights over his family property and confronts wounds from his childhood.
The series is headlined by Guillaume Arnault, Claire Duburcq, Philippe Torreton, Constance Dollé, Hélène de Fougerolles, Ophelia Kolb, Julien Boisselier, Chloé Astor, Anne Brochet, Catherine Allégret, Rio Vega, Eva Danino, David Kammenos and Michel Jonasz.
Thomas Anargyros and Sabine Barthélémy are producing “Et la montagne fleurira” at Storia Television with France Télévisions and Belgium’s Umedia co-producing, in association with Belgium’s uFund. The show is also being backed by France’s National Film Board (CNC).
Storia Television, which used to be part of EuropaCorpTV, has delivered several hit shows in recent years, notably “Les rivieres pourpres,” and is currently in post-production on the French adaptation of the BBC hit show “Luther” directed by David Morley.