The return of Matthew Fox, the star of Lost on the screens, the insane series of David Hasselhoff, the project of a return of Dr Quinn by the radiant Jane Seymour or even the frenzy of fans ofLove glory and beauty for the 35th anniversary of the soap-opera… This 61st edition of the Monte-Carlo Television Festival has once again reserved some nice surprises for fans of series. The fiction jury, chaired by American actor and producer Neal McDonough (Desperate Housewives, Arrow, American Horror Story: Double Feature: Dwight D. Eisenhower), delivered its verdict and handed over its Golden Nymphs during the closing ceremony at the Grimaldi forum on Tuesday evening.
“A thrilling, hilarious and exotic “existential thriller”, titled this Monday 20 minutes to talk about the brilliant British series The Touristcreated by Harry Williams and Jack Williams.
Three awards for “The Tourist”
The jury of the Monte-Carlo Television Festival was also amazed by this Two Brothers Pictures production, which won two Golden Nymphs, that of the best series and that of the best creation. Same story on the public side, since it also won the BetaSeries public prize.
Launched on France 2 this Monday, The Tourist has everything it takes to wow the viewer. This exotic thriller lost in the Australian outback benefits from the chiseled writing tinged with black humor and a touch of irony from the authors of missinga neat and ultra-referenced direction, many amazing and thrilling twists up its sleeve, and an impeccable cast.
After a few years lost on the sets of the saga Fifty Shades of Grey, Jamie Dornan, who broke through on the small screen thanks to his convincing role as the serial killer of The Fall, distills just the right amount of humanity to get attached to this tough Irishman, muscular and hunted, who has lost his memory. Danielle Macdonald is amazing in her role as a deceptively naive rural police officer who lacks self-confidence.
Two awards for “Trom”
The Monte-Carlo festival hosted for the first time a series from the lush Faroe Islands, Trom, series which will soon be broadcast in France on Arte. On this archipelago were born the two men at the origin of Trom : on the one hand, Jagvan Isaksen, author of a successful detective saga that takes place there, and on the other, Torfinnur Jákupsson, who has dreamed since adolescence of bringing this series of Nordic books to the screen black on the screen.
The latter signs here a splendid first screenplay, which features investigative journalist Hannis Martinsson (Ulrich Thomsen), who, as he reluctantly returns to his native archipelago, receives a message from Sonja, an environmental activist who claims to be his hidden daughter and to be in danger. When he arrives, he discovers Sonja’s body in the bloody waters of a whaling…
Tromnoticed at the Berlinale Series Market and sold by REinvent International Sales to the BBC for the United Kingdom, distinguished itself once again at the Monte-Carlo TV Festival with the special jury prize and the prize for best actor for Ulrich Thomsen.
On the TV movie side, it’s Martha Lieberman, which tells the story of the escape of the widow of the painter Max Liebermann from Nazi Germany, which is unanimous. The German fiction wins the prize for best film and that of best actress for Thekla Carola Wied who plays the title role.
The Golden Nymphs of the news category
Another jury rewarded the best documentaries and reports in the world:
Best Major News Report: Navalny – The Man Putin Couldn’t Kill (True Vision, UK)
Best documentary film: Erasmus In Gaza (Arpa Films, Spain)
Special Jury Prize: Syria, women in war (Capa Presse, France-Syria)
Prince Rainier III Special Prize: The Water Scouts (J2F Production, LSD Films, France)
AMADE price: I Am Luck (Wajnbrosse Productions & RG & Créatifs Associés, Belgium and Republic of Congo)
Prize of the Monegasque Red Cross: #icarus (Odeon Fiction, Germany)