Although the series here concentrate on interpersonal relationships, the short form raises questions relevant to the wider society. With a format far afield from classic storytelling, the results are atmospheric microcosms of everyday life that touch succinctly on important topics.
The Danish series Splitting Up Together is a foray into a variety of lifestyles and a very original take on relationships today.
The critically acclaimed The Writer from Israel tells the story of an Arab Israeli writer struggling with an identity crisis which affects his and his whole family’s sense of belonging and nationality.
In the BBC series Love, Nina we explore 1980s London through the eyes of a young woman. It’s a subtle look back at a society clinging doggedly to its traditional class divisions.
And Jimmy McGill once again lives up to his reputation. In the second season of Better Call Saul he perfects his idiosyncratic interpretation of the law, bringing him even more in sync with the simpatico, albeit shady character from Breaking Bad.
List of the serial formats in Berlinale Special
Better Call Saul – Season 2
Showrunners: Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould (Breaking Bad – series)
With Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Michael McKean, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando, Ed Begley Jr.
Broadcaster: AMC, Netflix
Australia / New Zealand
Original Concept: Ryan Griffen
Directed by Wayne Blair (The Sapphires), Leah Purcell
With Iain Glen, Frances O'Connor, Deborah Mailman, Hunter Page-Lochard, Rob Collins, Stef Dawson, Ryan Corr, Tasma Walton
Broadcaster: ABC (Australia), SundanceTV (USA)
Directed by SJ Clarkson (Jessica Jones - series)
Writer: Nick Hornby
With Faye Marsay, Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Watkins, Joshua McGuire
The Night Manager
Great Britain / Spain
Directed by Susanne Bier (In a Better World)
Written by David Farr, based on the novel by John le Carré
With Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman, Elizabeth Debicki, Tom Hollander
Broadcaster: BBC (Great Britain), AMC (USA)
Splitting Up Together
Creator: Mette Heeno (Park Road – series)
Directed by Hella Joof
With Maria Rossing, Peter Plaugborg, Stine Schrøder Jensen, Katrine Greis-Rosenthal, Esben Dalgaard
Broadcaster: TV 2 Denmark A/S
Creator: Sayed Kashua (Arab Labor – series)
Directed by Shay Capon
With Yousef Sweid, Ruba Blal-Asfour, Yasmin Churi, Adham Bachus
Broadcaster: Keshet Broadcasting, IBA Israel Broadcasting Authority
In addition, two episodes of the Netflix series Cooked will be shown as part of the Culinary Cinema programme. The series, produced by Alex Gibney, is based on Michael Pollan’s eponymous bestseller.
Along with drama series presented in the Berlinale Special programme, the industry platforms of the festival host the “Drama Series Days” on February 15 and 16, 2016 - a joint initiative of the European Film Market, the Berlinale Co-Production Market, and Berlinale Talents. The “Drama Series Days” are presented jointly with the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW at the European Film Market. The platform welcomes creators, buyers, sales agents, producers, commissioning editors and financial backers of high-quality drama to discuss, present and promote new serial content and projects in development. For more information please visit www.efm-berlinale.de.
January 22, 2016