Afterglow & The Dreamer Selected For Canneseries

Uplifting Norwegian tearjerker Afterglow (Etterglød) and Danish period drama The Dreamer – Becoming Karen Blixen (Drømmeren – Karen Blixen bliver til) have been selected for the main competition programme at the fifth Canneseries festival (1 – 6 April).

Afterglow follows Ester Sand who, on her fortieth birthday, has her world turned upside down when she finds out that she ́s got cervical cancer, and it could go either way. But after the initial shock, it is Ester who comforts the people in her life: her husband, her children, her father, her friends. She has no intention of leaving the world just yet. It’s a time to live.

Meanwhile, The Dreamer – Becoming Karen Blixen, opens in the 1930s as Karen Blixen (Connie Nielsen) returns to Denmark after many years in east Africa, now penniless, sick, divorced and with her dreams in ruins. From this low point, the drama follows her ascent to become a renowned writer, including visualisations of her interior life and the magical universe of her stories.

Fierce competition for the Long Form Competition comes from 1985 (Belgium), Audrey’s Back (Canada), Bang Bang Baby (Italy), El Inmortal (Spain), The Inside Game, Seeds of Wrath (France), The Lesson (Israel), The Punishment (Germany) and Souls (Germany).

Canneseries Artistic Director, Albin Lewi, said: The level of competition is the best overall that we’ve ever had. There are classic series which are told differently and some series are incredibly free in their form of storytelling.”