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Berlin film festival gives special attentions to TV series

Wednesday 27 January 2016, by SIGNIS

Berlin, Brussels, January 27th, 2016 (SIGNIS/Berlin Film festival). The Berlin Film Festival will take place from February 11 to 21st. This year again, the festival will give special attentions to TV series.

Indeed, TV series are getting more and more important and popular. They are being watched by more and more people and more and more people from the cinema world (directors, actors...) decide to work in TV shows.

Brand-new series from Denmark, Britain, Israel, Australia, New Zealand and the US will round off the Berlinale Special programme at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. This year’s selection once again provides a good look at the creativity and variety of forms evident in series production.

“As we were reviewing this year’s submissions, we once again noticed how their makers embraced experimentation. They use the series format for expeditions into new narrative and visual forms in every genre, without losing sight of the realities of society”, said Festival director Dieter Kosslick.

For her adaptation of John le Carré’s spy thriller The Night Manager, Susanne Bier used the current conflicts in the Middle East to set the background for a suspenseful game of cat and mouse.

The Australian/New Zealand series Cleverman takes as its subject the fear of those who are different. It is a disturbing look into a near future in which so-called “hairy people” are marginalised and seek refuge in supervised zones.

Although the series here concentrate on interpersonal relationships, the short form raises questions relevant to the wider society. With a format far afield from classic storytelling, the results are atmospheric microcosms of everyday life that touch succinctly on important topics.

The Danish series Splitting Up Together is a foray into a variety of lifestyles and a very original take on relationships today.

The critically acclaimed The Writer from Israel tells the story of an Arab Israeli writer struggling with an identity crisis which affects his and his whole family’s sense of belonging and nationality.

In the BBC series Love, Nina we explore 1980s London through the eyes of a young woman. It’s a subtle look back at a society clinging doggedly to its traditional class divisions.

And Jimmy McGill once again lives up to his reputation. In the second season of Better Call Saul he perfects his idiosyncratic interpretation of the law, bringing him even more in sync with the simpatico, albeit shady character from Breaking Bad.

Alongside with the series presented in the Berlinale Special programme, the industry platforms of the festival host the “Drama Series Days” on February 15 and 16, 2016 - a joint initiative of the European Film Market, the Berlinale Co-Production Market, and Berlinale Talents. The “Drama Series Days” are presented jointly with the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW at the European Film Market. It welcomes creators, buyers, sales agents, producers, commissioning editors and financial backers of high-quality drama to discuss, present and promote new episodic content and projects in development.

For more information please visit www.efm-berlinale.de.

Below, find the list of the serial formats in Berlinale Special

  • Better Call Saul – Season 2 - USA
  • Cleverman - Australia / New Zealand
  • Love, Nina -United Kingdom
  • The Night Manager - United Kingdom / Spain
  • Splitting Up Together - Denmark
  • The Writer - Israel
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