Flanders’s prestigious new drama series Cordon has been selected for the competitive World Series section at the Séries Mania Festival in Paris (22-30 April), organised for the fifth time by the Forum des Images. The professional programme also includes the crime series De Ridder. Both series were produced by Eyeworks.

CordonThe World Series showcase offers the Parisian public a collection of TV series that excel in creativity, craftsmanship and originality. For the fifth edition of the Séries Mania Festival, Flemish drama series Cordon was selected for the public programme.

Screenwriter Carl Joos, known for his work on The Memory of a Killer, The Broken Circle Breakdown and In Flanders Fields, wrote the script of Cordon, which focuses on an average neighbourhood in Antwerp, where everyday life comes to a sudden halt when a deadly virus breaks out. Hundreds of people are suddenly left to their own devices, which brings out the very best in them - but also the worst.

The main characters are played by Liesa Van Der Aa, Wouter Hendrickx (Plan Bart, Oxygen), Tom Dewispelaere (Borgman, Germaine), Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown, The Team), Mieke De Groote (The Tour) and Zoë Thielemans (Brasserie Romantique). Tim Mielants (Code 37) directed the series.

Professionals attending the Séries Mania Festival will also be able to see the first season of crime series De Ridder, about the young and ambitious Helena De Ridder. As a public prosecutor, she fights for justice on a daily basis. Clara Cleymans plays the title role alongside Dahlia Pessemiers-Benamar, Lynn Van Royen, Michaël Pas and Katelijne Damen. Rik D’hiet wrote the script.

The Séries Mania Festival is organised annually by the Forum des Images, an audiovisual hotspot in the French capital. Having chosen Cordon and De Ridder for this year consolidates the Festival’s interest in Belgian Cinema from Flanders. Several Flemish television series have been invited to previous editions, including Deadline 14/10, Clan, Quiz Me Quick, The Tour, Double Life, The Divine Monster and Old Belgium.

Gunter Schmid and Peter Bouckaert produced Cordon for Eyeworks (The Treatment, Marina, The Verdict), while De Ridder was produced by Gunter Schmid and Marina Willems for Eyeworks and VRT. Cordon received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Media Fund of Flemish Minister of Media Ingrid Lieten. De Ridder also received support through the Mediafund for its crossmedia second-screen application.

Published on Wednesday 9 April 2014