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Peacock’s ‘Apples Never Fall’ With Annette Bening, MGM+ Michael Chiklis Starrer ‘Hotel Cocaine’ Set for Series Mania

International television festival Series Mania unveiled its 2024 lineup Wednesday, with an impressive slate of world premieres that will grace the screens of Lille, France for the event running March 19-21.

Peacock’s Australia-set family drama Apples Never Fall, featuring Nyad Oscar nominee Annette Bening and Jurassic Park veteran Sam Neill as a dysfunctional couple, will screen in competition at year’s fest, as will MGM+’s Hotel Cocaine, from Narcos showrunner Chris Brancato, a crime thriller featuring The Shield star Michael Chiklis and set in the booming cocaine scene in Miami in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

So Long Marianne, a Canadian-Norwegian co-production from Crave and Norway’s NRK, will also get its first screening in Lille. The series stars Oppenheimer supporting actor Alex Wolff as legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen in a story of his turbulent relationship with Norwegian writer Marianne Ihlen (played by The Last Kingdom‘s Thea Sofie Loch Næss).

Hotel Cocaine will get its world premiere in Lille, as will Rematch, a co-production between French-German public network Arte, Disney+ and HBO Europe, about the 1997s chess battle between Russian grandmaster Garry Kasparov and IBM’s supercomputer Deep Blue, and France 2’s political thriller In the Shadows starring Melvil Poupaud (Coup de chance) and Swann Arlaud, who plays Sandra Hüller’s lawyer in Justine Triet’s Oscar-nominated Anatomy of a Fall.

Brancato, Wolff, Poupaud and Arlaund are all scheduled to attend the festival alongside such luminaries as Poor Things actress Suzy Bemba, The Artist star Bérénice Bejo, Dark actor Oliver Masucci, Heartbeats alum Niels Schneider, Gossip Girl‘s Kelly Rutherford, The OA showrunner Zal Batmanglij, BBC Studios drama head Kate Oates, Arte president Bruno Patin, Israeli producer Danna Stern (Your Honor, The Oslo Diaries), and novelist Douglas Kennedy (The Big Picture, The Pursuit of Happiness).

Series Mania 2024 Main Lineup

International Competition

Apples Never Fall
Australia, USA / peacock / 7×60’

Boarders – international premiere
UK/ BBC three / 6×60’

In The Shadows – world premiere
france / france 2 / 6×52’

Herrhausen, the Banker & the Bomb – international premiere
Germany / ARD / 4×45’

Hotel Cocaine – world premiere
USA / MGM+ / 8×60’

House of Gods – international premiere
Australia / ABC / 6 x 60’

Rematch – world premiere
France, Hungary / Arte, Disney+, HBO Europe / 6×52’

So long, Marianne – world premiere
Norway, Canada, Greece / NRK, Crave / 8×47’

French Competition

Homejacking
OCS / 6×35’

The World Does Not Exist
ARTE / 4×45’

Machine
Arte, Prime Video / 6×48’

Murder Club
m6 / 4×45’

Ourika
Prime Video / 7×52’’

A Dangerous Friendship
France Télévisions / 4×52’

International Panorama Competition

8 months – world premiere
Sweden/ tv4, c more / 6×45’

30 days of lust – world premiere
Germany / swr / 8×30’

After the Party – international premiere
New Zealand / tvnz / 6×45’

All and Eva – world premiere
Sweden, Denmark / viaplay / 6×47’

Catch Me a Killer – french premiere
UK, South Africa / showmax / 10×60’

Dates in Real Life – world premiere
Norway / nrk / 7×25’

La Mesías – international premiere
Spain / movistar plus+ / 7×60’

Show Yourself – international premiere
Spain/ atresplayer / 8×30’

Distinct Society – world premiere
Canada / club illico / 10×44’

Soviet Jeans – international premiere
Latvia / go3 / 8×55’

Three Tears in Borneo – world premiere
Taiwan / pts / 5×55’

Truelove – international premiere
UK / channel 4 / 6×45’

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