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British TV Rules Monte Carlo TV Fest, With Double Wins for ‘Victoria,’ ‘Fleabag’

British TV Rules Monte Carlo TV Fest, With Double Wins for ‘Victoria,’ ‘Fleabag’
British television dominated the 57th Monte Carlo Television Festival where ITV’s glossy period drama “Victoria” won Golden Nymph Awards for both best TV drama and actress, while edgy series “Fleabag,” from the BBC and Amazon, scooped the best comedy prize and the actress nod in that section.

The actress statuettes went to Jenna Coleman, who plays the titular queen in “Victoria,” and to Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the star, creator and writer of “Fleabag.”

Scottish comedian Robbie Coltrane took the prize for best actor in the long fiction section, which comprises TV movies and miniseries, for his performance in Channel 4’s four-part “National Treasure.” Coltrane plays a beloved television comedian accused of rape. The show goes out on Hulu in the U.S.

The fiction jury headed by Argentina’s Juan Jose Campanella (“The Secret in Their Eyes”) also awarded the Golden Nymph for best long fiction to French Isis-themed telepic “Ne m’abandonne pas” (“Don
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France’s Other Angle Acquires ‘Forests,’ ‘DieuMerci,’ West Coast,’ ‘Machin, Machine’ (Exclusive)

France’s Other Angle Acquires ‘Forests,’ ‘DieuMerci,’ West Coast,’ ‘Machin, Machine’ (Exclusive)
Paris-based Other Angle Pictures, headed by Olivier Albou and Laurence Schonberg, has acquired international sales rights to four new films – Safy Nebbou’s “In the Forests of Siberia,” Lucien Jean Baptiste’s “DieuMerci,” Benjamin Weill’s “West Coast” and “Machin, Machine,”helmed by and starring Clovis Cornillac.

Shooting from Feb. 12, and the latest title in Nebbou’s building body of distinguished stage or literary makeovers (“Mark of a Angel,” “Dumas,” “Bad Seeds”), “In the Forests of Siberia” is inspired by Sylvain Tesson’s novel, translated into English as “The Consolations of the Forest: Alone in a Cabin on the Siberian Taiga,” which won the 2014 Dolman Best Travel Book Award.

Written by Nebbou and David Oelhoffen, now a director of repute after his directorial debut, “Far From Men,” with Viggo Mortensen, “Forests of Siberia” stars Raphael Personnaz (“The French Minister,” “Anna Karenina”). It relates the friendship between a man looking for peace,
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