Netflix is to roll out the first season of De Mensen's hit drama series Beau Séjour on its platform as of March 16. The news follows the streaming giant's acquisition of rights to this raw, contemporary whodunit for a series of international territories. Most European markets will follow later because of rights issues.
Scripted by Benjamin Sprengers, Sanne Nuyens and Bert Van Dael, with Nathalie Basteyns and Kaat Beels as the series' helmers, Beau Séjour starts with teenage girl Kato, covered in blood, waking up without any recollection of what happened the night before. Moreover, nobody seems to see or hear her. Slowly it sinks in: she's dead. Who did this to her? And how come a handful of people can still see her, as if she's among the living? Why them specifically? In her search to uncover the truth, Kato will discover that a lot of secrets lie beneath the surface of her supposedly peaceful village community.
Beau Séjour premièred on pubcaster één in early January. Its Sunday evening slot regularly reaches a +50% market share, with certain cliffhangers causing for a storm on the social media.
Starring Lynn Van Royen as Kato, Johan Van Assche, Inge Paulussen, Kris Cuppens, Jan Hammenecker, Charlotte Timmers, Joke Emmers and Joren Seldeslachts, Beau Séjour won the Audience Award at last year's Séries Mania in Paris, and was also shown at this year's International Film Festival Rotterdam. Arte starts airing the series in both France and Germany in early March.
Producers are Pieter Van Huyck, Saskia Verboven and Marijke Wouters for De Mensen. Lagardère is selling the series internationally.