Mister 8, a stylized Finnish black comedy, on Wednesday won the award for best long series and the interpretation award at the Canneseries festival, which also went to the Norwegian series About Saturday, named best short series.
Favorite of many festival-goers, the daring Mister 8 series, in eight black and white 30-minute episodes, won the prize for the best long series and its main actor, Pekka Strang, that of interpretation at the Canneséries festival which ended on Wednesday.
At the heart of this sleek aesthetic series, Maria, a sexy business manager, whose organized life between her seven spouses – one for each day – turns upside down when she falls in love with Juho, a newcomer to her city.
“About Saturday”, best short series
The award for best short series went to the Norwegian series About Saturday (12 episodes of 4 minutes) which explores the issue of consent through the story of young Klara marked by a traumatic date.
The German series The Allegation (7×30 minutes), based on a child abuse lawsuit that rocked the country’s legal system in the 1990s, won the Dior Grand Prize. The famous writer Ferdinand von Schirach, who wrote his first script here, was awarded the prize for best screenplay.
Coming soon on Arte, Countrymen (8×45 minutes), a corrosive Norwegian series about Islamists accidentally hijacked from their projects by the local population, won the special interpretation prize.
The Serbian fantasy thriller Awake (10×50 minutes) won the Audience Award for the best series in competition.
Jury chaired by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
“The originality of origins, genres and formats” was rewarded by the jury, told AFP, Albin Lewy, director of the Canneseries festival, which ended Wednesday.
Ten long series were in official competition: the Serbian Awake, the Italian Christian, the Norwegian Countrymen, the Russian Dreams of Alice, the Argentinian Limbo … hasta que lo decida, the Finnish Mister 8, the Israeli Sad city girls and Unknowns, the German The Allegation and the French Totems.
To decide between them, the 2021 jury was chaired by actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of thrones) and composed of author and director Sigal Avin (Losing Alice), actress, director and director Naidra Ayadi (My daughter), actor Salvatore Esposito and musician Marco Prince.