Six months after a 2021 release delayed due to Covid-19, Series Mania was back for a new spring event rich in screenings, meetings and entertainment. In such a short time, one might have feared that the selection of the Lille festival would be reduced, but it was not. Here are some selected pieces of an international panorama that we hope to discover soon on our screens.
fire dance (Israel, Yes TV):
At the age of 18, Faigie is secretly in love with Nathan, who is tipped to succeed the rabbi in her ultra-Orthodox community. Between power struggle, patriarchal rigor and feminine demands, fire dance navigating with grace and delicacy, without rushing, as close as possible to the bodies and emotions of its formidable cast. Instead of stigmatizing rituals that may seem authoritarian (in episode 2, a man denies divorce to his wife “in this world and in the next”), American-Israeli filmmaker Rama Burshtein takes a humanistic look at a society she know from heart – joined as 25-year-old. The back of the miniseries Unorthodox (Netflix, 2020), fire dance explores the souls of its freedom-loving protagonists with a rhythm and sensitivity reminiscent of the feature film by French-Turkish director Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Mustang (2015). Also, certain images prove to be striking – like this collection of men in black hanging over a long table covered in white, filmed in depth with an empty chair at the beginning (a symbol of free power), facing a veil, that holds women a lot. That such a cleavage is scattered in a plane of such beauty does not disturb our senses …
Tomorrow’s world (France, Arte / Netflix):
Named after an NTM single released in 1990, this miniseries traces the birth of the French hip-hop movement in the 1980s through the fate of the very young Kool Shen, JoeyStarr and DJ S. The six episodes are based on a broad and ambitious story . also follow the first artistic steps of Dee Nasty, a rap pioneer, Béatrice, a rebellious young woman, and Lady V, a dancer and graffiti artist. In the wake of Canal + productions like Ink (2011, by Hamé and Ekoué from La Rumeur) and Valid (2020-, by Franck Gastambide), Tomorrow’s world adds a welcome retro touch to a cultural revolution that French fiction has been slow to relate. It took all the talent and energy from Katell Quillévéré (Repair the living, Suzanne) and Hélier Cisterne (Vandal, The Bureau of Legends) to bring it to glowing. From San Francisco to Paris, from pirate radio stations to vinyl record collections, breakdance shows (premises for the HIPHOP show where JoeyStarr participated) to the art of scratching, Tomorrow’s world abounds with references to a past just waiting to be reactivated.
doggie (France, SCO):
Is nostalgia becoming the best ally of French television fiction? After great successes like 3615 Monique (OCS, 2020-) and UFO (s) (Canal +, 2021-), here comes Tomorrow’s world (see above) and doggie, new production of OCS Signature. The latter combines retro comedy and spy series (a tasty mix!) And focuses on Karine, a docile and retiring mother whose everyday life is turned upside down by Jane, an American aerobics teacher who comes to town. Behind his eloquence, this new neighbor with a devastating smile seems to be a little too interested in the top-secret aviation project that Karin’s husband is working on … Claire Dumas takes on the role of this mother on the brink of crisis at arm’s length. of nerves, supported by girlfriends who are more pragmatic but no less eager to try their hand at neon jerseys, shoulder pads, fringed jackets and aerobics classes imported from states ! Immersed in the colorful and tense atmosphere of the 1980s, this new success of OCS (whose title is a nod to Gym Tonic by Véronique and Davina) is the icing on the cake carried by the sparkling music of the group Feu! Chatterton. Come on, let’s keep the rhythm!
Must also follow the series closely Birth of Daniel F. Harris (UK, Channel 4), Baby (UK, HBO), We own this city (USA, HBO), Kin (IRL, RTE / AMC +), Raspberry time (CAN, Club Illico) and The black butterflies (FR, Arte / Netflix).