Magazine article Screen International

Netflix Unveils First French Original Drama Marseille

Magazine article Screen International

Netflix Unveils First French Original Drama Marseille

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Netflix taps into local cinema talent for political drama set against backdrop of France's third largest city.

Netflix has greenlit its first French original series, a political drama set entitled Marseille, set against the backdrop of the southern French port city due to hit screens at the end of 2015.

The eight-part series, described as "a tale of power, corruption and redemption", revolves around a city election between the long-time mayor Robert Taro and a younger ambitious candidate.

Netflix's announcement comes on the eve of its highly anticipated arrival in France - a move that prompted alarm in some parts of the local film and TV industry because it is expected to put pressure on the country's highly regulated release windows and audiovisual financing system.

"Marseille is an ambitious, diabolically smart, fictitious exploration of local politics in one of the world's most vibrant and fascinating cities." said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.

"We are delighted to be working with some of the best storytellers in France to deliver a series that erases the line between film and television."

In a shrewd move, the company has tapped into French film and TV talent to make the new series, including writer Dan Franck and directors Florent-Emilio Siri and Samuel Benchetrit

Franck, who recently worked on Second World War miniseries Resistance and co-wrote Golden Globe-winning Carlos, created and wrote Marseille. He also wrote 1994 novel A Separation, which was turned into a hit romance by Christian Vincent starring Daniel Auteuil and Isabelle Huppert. …

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