Flemish fiction series Marsman was a double winner at the International Festival of Audiovisual Programmes (FIPA) in Biarritz, France. Directed by Mathias Sercu and Eshref Reybrouck, the eight-parter won the Michel Mitrani Prize, while the series’ main actor Jurgen Delnaet picked up the FIPA d’Or for Best Actor.

MarsmanPresented as part of FIPA’s Series Competition, Marsman was up against 10 international heavyweights, including crime series The Team (a co-production with Flanders), Thicker Than Water from Sweden and Wolf Hall, currently screening to great acclaim on British TV. FIPA opened with the BBC’s top-rated drama series The Missing, another co-production with Flanders.


Created and written by Mathias Sercu  and already a Prix Italia winner, Marsman tells the story of Nico Marsman, a man in his forties who has been taking care of his autistic brother since the death of their mother. When he loses his job and his wife tells him she needs a break, Marsman needs to find a way to get his life back on track.

In Biarritz, Sercu won the Michel Mitrani Prize, the Special Jury award named after FIPA’s founding father which honours an exceptional filmmaker. Sercu not only created and scripted the series but also directed it together with Eshref Reybrouck. Jurgen Delnaet, who plays the role of Nico, picked up the FIPA d’Or for Best Actor.

Johan Tuyaerts and Jan Keersmaekers produced Marsman for Sultan Sushi (Red Sonja), with support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Media Fund of Flemish Media Minister Sven Gatz. In addition to its support through the Media Fund The Team, a co-production with Ghent-based production company Lunanime, was also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Media Minister Gatz. Production house Czar co-produced the Screen Flanders-supported series The Missing.

Published on Sunday 25 January 2015

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