Amigo’s, a brand-new fiction series about five former inmates who start a restaurant, is part of this year’s Series Competition at the International Festival of Audiovisual Programs (FIPA) in France. The Panorama line-up also includes Rudi Vranckx’s current affairs reportage My Jihad.

Amigo'sThe 10-episode miniseries Amigo’s tells the tragi-comic story of five former inmates who start a restaurant in a one-time brothel, planning to earn a living in an honourable way. However, they soon discover that doing the right thing isn’t always easy and are forced to face demons from their past. The main roles are played by Jurgen Delnaet (Marsman), Wouter Hendrickx (Cordon, The Misfortunates), Matthieu Sys (In Flanders Fields), Sahin Avci (Scratch My Back and I’ll Scratch Yours) and Johny Voners.

Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem (Moscow, Belgium) and Pierre De Clerq (Come As You Are) wrote the screenplay, and Amigo’s was directed by Kadir Balci (Turquaze) and Hendrik Moonen (Zuidflank).

The series is set to make its international debut in FIPA’s Series Competition, which has featured a number of top international series over the past few years, including Fortitude, Happy Valley, Wolf Hall and Peaky Blinders.

My Jihad, meanwhile, screens out of competition as part of the Panaroma section and documents reporter Rudi Vranckx’s conversations about extremism with Muslims living in Belgium. The broadcast was previously nominated for the Prix Europa, one of Europe’s prime TV awards.

Dries Phlypo and Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem produced Amigo’s for A Private View (Marry Me, Oxygen). The series received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Media Fund by Flemish Media Minister Sven Gatz.

Published on Thursday 7 January 2016

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