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our favorites and the prize checklist

The twenty-fourth version of the Competition de la fiction ended underneath the signal of the battle between platforms and historic broadcasters. Listed below are our seven favorites and the works that acquired the honors of the jury.

Rather a lot has occurred underneath the solar of La Rochelle. The town of Charente, which hosted from September 13 to 18 the 24e version of the Competition de la fiction, a standard back-to-school assembly within the audiovisual world, has lived in current days in accordance with tensions and strategic reversals (such because the abandonment of the merger mission between TF1 and M6, a dramatic Friday night) that are agitating the sector as of late, in full upheaval.

First notable aspect, the presence, among the many companions of the occasion, of the Netflix and Prime Video (Amazon) platforms, hitherto very discreet festival-goers on the shores of the Atlantic, who’ve come this time to unveil flagship productions from their autumn programming. (Notre Dame, the a part of the hearth, Miskina, the poor…) and participate in a number of of the conferences and debates that animated the week. Animated, that is the time period, for the reason that phases of the town had been this yr the scene of notably vigorous discussions between historic broadcasters and newcomers, non-public operators and public channels, authors and producers… It have to be stated that, from the suppression from audiovisual charges to the results of the transposition of the Smad decree (on-demand audiovisual media providers) into French regulation, from the risks of focus to the conflict of skills, the topics of debate had been legion.

Marked by report attendance after a number of years of well being constraints (+30% in comparison with 2021) and the nice figures achieved in France, but in addition overseas, for French fiction, the occasion supplied the general public and professionals forty and a collection and TV motion pictures, together with twenty-five French applications and several other French-language productions, notably from Canada, the visitor nation this yr. Among the many themes operating by means of the works offered, allow us to be aware the recurrence of local weather change (which has additionally been invited into a number of skilled debates, specifically regarding the ecological price of filming), an elevated illustration of incapacity, close to parity between heroes and the heroines and a noticeable reducing of the age of the protagonists, which little question displays a want to rejuvenate the general public.

As yearly, the drafting of Telerama offers you its unpublished favorites from this 2022 version, the place unitary fictions had been notably quite a few, specifically within the French choice.

“The Woman with the Coronary heart of a Pig” (France)

In Truisms, Marie Darrieussecq imagined, with rebellious fantasy, the porcine mutation of a younger girl. Right here, hybridization is a beginning presupposition: Nina (Héloïse Volle) owes her survival to a coronary heart transplant made potential because of a valve from a pig. A strangeness which {the teenager} doesn’t take lengthy to understand that it reveals, in actuality, our pure proximity to the animal world. From this acute questioning of the time, the collection makes the explosive motor of a road-movie led by Nina, her sidekick Hugo (Victor Bonnel, to be adopted!) and an cute sow that they wish to save from the ‘slaughter. Together with his airs of The Finish of the F***ing World (Netflix), this journey to the inventiveness filled with attraction beats wildly and carries the paw of its co-authors David André and Alice Vial. We acknowledge the grace to movie the youth of the primary, additionally director of those eight 26-minute episodes, and to whom we already owed the superb documentary Sing your baccalaureate first. As for the second, it indicators the belief of Seventh heaven, one other of our La Rochelle favorites this yr.
Coming quickly on France.television Slash.

“Bangla” (Italy)

The present abundance of collection is agreeable in that it deploys a brand new multiplicity of factors of view. Amongst these, we’re delighted to have the ability to uncover that of Phaim “50% Italian, 50% Bengali and 100% shitty” in accordance with the self-portrait that he paints as an incipit. Creator of the collection, Phaim Bhuiyan additionally performs the main position. And unfolds, over the episodes, the precept of his eponymous movie, which was extremely acclaimed when it was launched in 2019, in Italy. Between the intimate dilemmas of the younger Muslim – to stay trustworthy to the precept of virginity earlier than marriage or to provide in to his want? – and the hostility of the surface world, midway between autofictional embroidery and sociological haste, this chronicle (which may dare to be slightly extra dense) shines with the pungent melancholy of its hero.
No identified French broadcaster.

“Seventh Heaven” (France)

When Jacques (Féodor Atkine), widower in his seventies and grumpy, is shipped to a retirement dwelling by his daughter, he thinks he’ll discover demise there. Quite the opposite, he finds love once more with Rose (Sylvie Granotier), his mysterious and passionate neighbor within the hall. The sentimental life and sexuality of the third age are nonetheless usually taboo, or ignored by French tv. This humorous and transferring romance, remarkably embodied, manages with out vulgarity to seize the need and the need to reside of its characters.
In January 2023 on OCS.

“Limbo” (Sweden)

The Scandinavians don’t shine solely by their artwork of black. One night time, three associates obtain the cellphone name that every one mother and father dread: their teenage sons have been admitted to the hospital after inflicting a critical automotive accident. Who was driving? Within the corridors of emergencies begins an interminable wait, which carries in germ the cracks of a pleasant relationship. Finely written, this Swedish drama carried by the good Sofia Helin navigates someplace between The slap and Large Little Lies.
No identified French broadcaster.

“The Story of Annette Zelman” (France)

Annette and Jean are twenty years outdated and in love. The story may finish there if the younger girl (Ilona Bachelier) was not Jewish, if her fiancé (Vassili Schneider) was not the one son of notables (Julie Gayet and Laurent Lucas) with legal inconsistency … and, above all, if their idyll didn’t flourish within the darkest hours of European historical past, when the Nazis decreed the ultimate resolution. In different occasions, elsewhere, they might have been known as Romeo and Juliet… A poignant historic tv movie (regardless of some heaviness) with documentary overtones since Emmanuel Salinger and Philippe Le Guay adapt the historian’s essay right here Laurent Joly (Denounce the Jews underneath the Occupation, ed. CNRS).
To return on France 2.

“Miskina, the poor” (France)

Offered as a pochade method Tanguy within the female with a Melha Bedia in full train of comedian self-humiliation, this French cousin of the collection Ramy hides a extra delicate level. Over uneven however more and more endearing episodes, she paints the portrait of a French household of Algerian origin and, specifically, of two sisters within the midst of existential wandering (Melha Bedia and Shirine Boutella). Beneath the jokes and the irony arises a touching fragility, and a France nonetheless extraordinarily uncommon in French fiction. A nice shock.
September 30 on Prime Video.

“Life and Demise within the Warehouse” (UK)

Are you used to ordering merchandise on-line? This Welsh TV film (for BBC 3) will kill you to click on in 60 minutes flat. Impressed by worker testimonials from firms like Amazon, Life and demise within the warehouse follows the coaching of Megan (Aimee-Ffion Edwards), a brand new supervisor who discovers the terrifying practices of her firm and, to keep away from being fired, applies them to the letter. Surveillance, everlasting strain, generalized rationalization, deceptively benevolent Newspeak… A terrifying behind closed doorways, to make Ford and Toyota appear to be havens for commerce unionists.
No French broadcaster for the second.


Greatest unitary : Affected (TF1).

Greatest Music: Audrey Ismael and Olivier Coursier for Vortex (France Televisions).

Greatest Screenplay: Marie Guilmineau, Alice Van Der Broek and Éliane Vigneron for The person of our lives (M6).

Greatest Achievement: Hafsia Herzi for The courtyard (Artwork).

Younger male prospect Adami: Vasily Schneider, for The Story of Annette Zelman (France Televisions).

Younger feminine hope Adami: Lucy Loste Bercet, for The courtyard (Artwork).

Greatest feminine interpretation: Zoé Heran and Maïra Schmitt for life forward of you (France Televisions).

Greatest Male Efficiency: Nemo Schiffman for Mama, do not let me go to sleep (France Televisions, RTBF, TV5 Monde).

Greatest Francophone Fiction: Attraction (RTBF, TF1).

Greatest European Fiction: Life and Demise within the Warehouse (BBC Three, UK).

Greatest collection underneath 20 minutes: Misplaced in California (Arte).

Greatest 26 min collection: Seventh heaven (OCS).

Greatest 52 min collection: Toulouse-Lautrec highschool (TF1).


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