Arte France, a bastion of quality European TELEVISION, is seeking to make its French series ever less French, as it combines its position as one of Europe’s many internationally-minded TELEVISION operators.
Early fruit of that drive, “No Man’s Land,”– “in microcosm, and in a thriller format, what we’re trying to do in general,” Olivier Wotling, Arte France’s head of drama, informed Range — was chosen for main competitors at Series Mania. Had the TELEVISION celebration occurred in Lille, it would surely have been a strong competitor for its best series reward.
” No Man’s Land’s” primary stars are French: Félix Moati, who plays initially dapper Parisian building and construction engineer Antoine, and Melanie Thierry. A lead producer is most certainly French, Paris-based Haut et Court, the reputed manufacturer of “Les Revenants,” “The Last Panthers” and “The New Pope.”
However Antoine’s journey is definitely not as, not able to proceed from his sis’s presumed death in a 2012 Cairo terrorist attack, four years later he glimpses her, or two he believes, in TELEVISION video of the Kurdish YPG militia.
Finding out the female figure on TV is French, he flies on impulse to Turkey, gets over the border into Syria where the series opens up to uncharted territory for Antoine and viewers alike, as he finds a desperate war waged by the Kurds versus ISIS, where it’s women who are frontline soldiers– given the Islamic belief that a male eliminated by a lady might have a difficult time getting to paradise.
A geo-political eye-opener– an event trend in high-end European production– “No Man’s Land” is likewise among Arte France’s many worldwide productions to date, taking in as production partners, Haut et Court TV, Israel’s Masha Production and Spiro Films, the U.K.’s Fremantle, and Hulu in the U.S. The authors are from Israel, Amit Cohen and Ron Leshem, the stars from France, Switzerland and the U.K.
This, said Wotling, is one way most absolutely for Arte to go.
” The interesting thing for us is the crossing of the cultures and the numerous loops in between countries,” said Wotling.
So “No Guy’s Land” is “an intimate story about 2 main French characters, however based in a Middle East conflict and from Israeli authors and directors, linking actors from various countries,” he added.
Uncharted area and uncommon settings is ending up being, ever more, a hallmark of Arte France. Produced with Movistar Plus and Portocabo in Spain and France’s Atlantique Productions, “Hierro” is set on the westernmost of the Canary Islands. Its volcanic-hued landscape and wind-bent trees, recorded in a near surreal credit series, stand metaphor for the inner torture and strength of its characters.
In its early stretches, 2019 Series Mania competitors competitor “Eden,” an Arte France co-production with SWR Germany, unspools at an elegant white-hut encampment bordering a deep meridian blue Mediterranean sea, fruit of an economic sector investment into refugee aid. It looks too good to be true, and it is.
In Scandinavia, Wotling mentioned, Arte is now targeting not just its foremost powerhouses of Sweden and Denmark, co-producing TV Denmark’s brand-new crime drama “DNA,” created and written by Torleif Hope, head author on “The Killing.”
It is also partnering with lesser known production hubs such as Iceland backing Gisli Orn Garðarsson and Björn Hlynur Haraldsson’s “Blackport,” which lifts the cover on Iceland’s fishing market.
Recently, kept in mind Alexandre Piel, Arte France deputy head of drama, Arte Deutschland has actually driven into Eastern Europe, co-producing Czech series “The Lynching” and with ZDF Dariusz Jablonski pan-Eastern Europe crime drama “The Satisfaction Concept,” the very first co-production in between Poland, Czech Republic and Ukraine.
Arte now ranks as the second most worldwide of European drama series manufacturers with 24%of its commissioned series produced outside France or Germany, according to an Ampere Analysis research study, released Monday on MipTV Online Plus.
Arte France’s more general push into ever broader horizons has met with early success, both “Il Miracolo” and “Hierro” punched “excellent ratings on Arte, Wotling noted.
Arte France is “looking more and more” for projects of the “No Guy’s Land” type, Wotling said. One title might be the Arte-ZDF production” Algiers Confidential,” a noirish criminal activity thriller composed by Abdel Raouf Dafri (” A Prophet,” “Braquo”) adapting a German bestseller uncovering a noirish corruption scandal set in Algeria.
” It has a French author and director however nearly no French character at all,” Wotling prepares for.
Another candidate, soon to transmit on Arte France, may be “The Intermediary,” a four-part series which, stated Wotling, is “completely French, with French actors [led by Mathieu Amalric] speaking French, and happening in Paris, however composed and directed by Shira Geffen and Israeli novelist Etgar Keret whose reasoning and humor is not that French at all.
Arte France’s push into international and ever wider horizons began in 2015, when Arte boarded is very first major European co-production, TV2 Norway’s alternate future thriller “Occupied.”
It continued from 2016 as Arte looked for to sound more change in the type of series it produces, backing French sci-fi thrillers “Trepalium” (2016), “Transferts” (2017) and “Advertisement Vitam” (2018).
Over the last 2 years, Arte France has also started to diversify far from its main fount of acquisitions for the majority of last years, the U.K. and the Nordics, co-producing series with Italy (” Il Miracolo,” 2018, with Sky Italia) and Spain (” Hierro,” 2019, with Movistar Plus).
It can now want to more prospective production partners throughout Europe, given the launch of local VOD gamers. Currently backed by Arte France, “Hierro” ended up being a go-project when Movistar Plus came on board, Piel recounts.
” Less-French French series might much better interest worldwide broadcasters and manufacturers,” Wotling argues.
Produced by Edward Berger, director of “Deutschalnad 83,”, then directed by French-German Dominique Moll (” Harry He’s Here to Assist), “Eden” mixed French and German composing teams, allowing them to gain from another, he argued.
Arte France also forms part of a loose-knit title-by-title European alliance which includes public tvs such as ZDF, RTE, VRT, the Scandinavian network of DR, NRK, RUV, SVT, YLE and also Studiocanal, Movistar Plus and Nent’s Viaplay. They produce with and purchase from one another, making series which share specific values: Regard for creators, which Wolting underscores; stories grounded in true events; character-driven narratives permitting audience to feel for characters across ethnic, social and even political divides.
Thanks to global platforms, audiences are warming to stories set in foreign lands spoken in their languages.
” We’re not aiming to develop brand-new industry standards,” Wotling stated. However we do think there’s a specific niche for us in this landscape, and it’s growing.”