Screenings, signings.. What you need to know about the Marseille Series Stories

The new edition of this festival dedicated to serievores will be held from November 17 to 20 in Marseille. The opportunity to meet producers, screenwriters and publishers, and to binge new shows in preview.

Game Of ThronesBig Little Lies, The Witcher… Some bestsellers have extended their universe to the small screen. The very first series festival dedicated to literary adaptations, the Marseille Series Stories celebrates these works that have won over readers and viewers. Their goal: to highlight this work of reappropriation, and (re) give a taste for reading. Amateur or informed series enthusiasts, professionals or the general public: this event is open to everyone. It will take place from November 17 to 20 in Marseille, and it is completely free. To participate, all you have to do is book your tickets on the official website. On the program: preview screenings of series, meetings, masterclasses, round tables, and even workshops. The Pathfinder has concocted a little guide to unmissable events for you.

Shooting secrets, fantasy and debates

The first day of the festival will be dedicated to professional meetings. Review of the serial literary adaptation market, discussions around the stages of development (finding a work, negotiating it, imagining it and producing it)… Many guests, including specialist journalist Xavier Leherpeur, and the directors of original productions from Disney, HBO Max, Arte and France Télévisions will wonder about what a good adaptation is.

On Friday, a masterclass designed for school audiences will be dedicated to serial adaptation of the novel Around the world in 80 days by Jules Verne. The general public will also be able to attend a round table, moderated by journalist and critic Ariane Allard. She will give the floor to screenwriters Thomas Mansuy (Household Scenes, The Little Murders of Agatha Christie), Florent Meyer (Lupine, More beautiful life, Lightning), Mathieu Missoffe (Syndrome E, Gears, Criminal), Eliane Montane (Ten percent, Funny, Household scenes) and Charlotte Sanson (The 7 Lives of Leah, Vampires, Hippocrates). They will wonder how to make a literary adaptation an original work and will reveal their professional secrets.

The day will end with a masterclass on fantasy, led by journalist Xavier Leherpeur, with Lloyd Chéry (journalist at Point and creator of the podcast It’s more than fantasy) and Justine Breton (A Tale of Fire and Blood: The Middle Ages of Game of Thrones). House of the Dragon, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, The Witcher… They will talk about the successes of the latest event series, their record budget, their audiences, and their global cultural impact.

A big day of signings is planned for Saturday. The public will be able to meet Éléonore Thuillier, co-creator and illustrator of the books Wolf and Little Wolfand Jul, press cartoonist and author of comics 50 shades of greek and Silex and the City (of which six unreleased episodes will premiere on the same day). The weekend will also be punctuated by workshops for children, in which they will be able to slip into the shoes of a screenwriter.

A dozen series broadcast in preview

The selected creations compete for four prizes: that of the best series adapted from a literary work, that of the interpretation, the staging, and the public. The members of the jury, made up of Blandine Bellavoir (The Little Murders of Agatha Christie), Soufiane Guerrab (​​The Handsome Guys, School Life), Benoît Lagane (journalist and cultural critic), Vera Peltekian (Ghosts, Gears) and Charlotte Sanson (The 7 Lives of Leah, Hippocrates), will present them during the closing ceremony. All the series in competition will be broadcast in preview at the Pathé La Joliette cinema during the four days of the festival.

Thriller, drama, historical series… The productions presented address very different themes, and come from all over the world: deadly nursery rhyme, Rogue Heroes, The Confessions of Frannie Langton and The Disappearance of John Darwin from the United Kingdom, The Gypsy Bride and La Edad de la Ira from Spain, Pray for blood from Mexico… The festival will end with the broadcast Wednesdaya series out of competitionmade by gothic master Tim Burton.

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