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the ten best series of your summer

The ten best series of your summer.

On the bilingual Movieintheair blog, I do for you a press review every Wednesday and keep the best of national and international audiovisual news.

 

In your theaters, at home

Ten series to watch now

NEWS

In accordance with the governmental decisions concerning sanitary measures in cultural places gathering more than 50 people, the presentation of a sanitary pass is henceforth compulsory to access to the movie theaters from Wednesday, July 21st, 2021.

You will have to present a QR Code when you come:Downloaded into your TousAntiCovid app; Or in a printed form.You will also have to present a document with a photograph to prove your identity: ID card, driver’s license, student card, transportation card, professional badge…

Your Health Pass allows you to prove:
– Vaccination (complete vaccination schedule + 7 days delay after the second injection)
– A negative result of a virological screening test for Covid-19 (PCR or antigenic) less than 48 hours old.
– A certificate of recovery from Covid-19 infection dated more than 11 days and less than 6 months ago.

 

AND ALSO ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Victor Hadida’s distribution company has  announced the release date of what will be Claude Lelouch’s 50th feature film, Love is Better than Life. Starring Sandrine Bonnaire, Gérard Darmon, Ary Abittan, Kev Adams and Philippe Lellouche, the film is expected to hit French cinemas on January 19, 2022.

 

FESTIVALS

 

OPEN AIR FILM FESTIVAL – LA VILLETTE JULY 16 TO AUGUST 31

ALL ABOUT IT HERE

 

FROM AUGUST 26 TO SEPTEMBER 2ND, SERIES MANIA FESTIVAL- ALL ABOUT IT HERE

 

 

TRIBUTE TO ZALICKA SOULEY

 

 

Born in 1947 in Niamey, on the banks of the Niger River, Zalika Souley was attracted to the cinema at a young age, becoming the first black professional actress of the 7th Art on the African continent.

RFI

 

 

 

MOVIE & SERIES OF YOUR SUMMER

ALL YOU WANT TO KNOW IN THEATERS AND AT HOME

Top ten 2021 series in all categories

 

 

PRIME VIDEO

The Underground Railroad, by Barry Jenkins

Director Barry Jenkins (of 2018 Oscar winner Moonlight and If Beale Street could talk) takes us on a journey into the heart of horror, hell and dehumanization, served by sublime cinematography and actors who have outdone themselves. A masterpiece.

 

APPLE TV

Ted Lasso, by Bill Lawrence, Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt and Joe Kelly

American soccer coach Ted Lasso (Jason Sudeikis) is recruited by AFC Richmond owner Rebecca Welton (Hannah Waddingham) to coach her British soccer team, even though he has no experience in the sport and doesn’t know the rules.

A feel good series.

 

 

Physical, by Annie Weisman

How do you silence the voices that tell you that you’re lame, fat, ugly, or weak from the time you were little?

Will Sheila make it?

It is precisely this guilt instilled by a society ruled by men for thousands of years that Physical denounces.

 

 

CANAL PLUS

It’s a sin, by Russell T Davies 

A moving series about a group of friends in London in the early days of AIDS.

 

 

Mare of Easttown, by Craig Zobel

Here Kate Winslet plays a role against the grain, not glamorous, but a depressed, alcoholic, unpleasant and hateful woman who, we seem to guess, has suffered the mourning of a child.

We are immediately very taken by this series.

Once again, it is thanks to the main character, Mare, a complex woman, cynical and angry, yet full of humanity, who struggles to live simply and with whom we identify.

Kate Winslet is once again prodigious and we can see that her director, Craig Zobel, is a regular in thrillers.

 

 

Antidisturbios, by Isabel Pena and Rodrigo Sorogoyen  

 

In six episodes, Isabel Pena and Rodrigo Sorogoyen take us deep into the heart of the riot police, the convenient cannon fodder of politicians, corruption and, above all, the drama of the century, the migrants.

 

 

I may destroy you, by Michaela Coel

In twelve episodes, we follow the journey of deconstruction and reconstruction of the author, who was unknowingly drugged and raped during a party in a bar.

Arabella files a complaint, is listened to, but that is not enough. What can she do to feel better?

 

 

The flight attendant, by Steve Yockey

This series is amazing.

In the first episode, it feels like we’re seeing all the clichés we imagine about flight attendants (to sum up pretty and dumb), which is annoying. But neither the heroine nor the secondary characters confirm this prejudice.

Kaley Cuoco plays this stewardess wonderfully, the heroine of a series whose real subject is alcoholism. Cassy (Cassandra) does not know how to manage her life, trapped by her past as a young orphan girl to whom her father, also an alcoholic, gave beers on the sly

 

 

DISNEY

Wanda Vision, by Jac Schaeffer 

If you are familiar with Sol Saks’ My Beloved Witch, starring Elizabeth Montgomery and Dick York, and you like this style of humor then you will love WandaVision.

A journey into the heart of American television at its best.

 

 

NETFLIX

Blackspace by Anat Gafn and Sahar Shavit

In a small town in Israel, on Yom Hazmaut (Independence Day) as the senior class attends the ceremony, four unicorn-masked individuals burst in and begin shooting the students at random and four of them are found dead.

A police officer, a former student of the school, went to the scene. After the intervention, three Palestinians are found on the roofs and are immediately accused. But the weapons had disappeared. The investigation then turns to the students.

 

Master of None season 3, by Aziz Ansari

The direction is sublime.

Few words but chiseled, beautiful dialogues, reflections and scenes that recall some of Woody Allen’s films.

Lena Waithe and Naomi Ackie are both magnificent.

This mini-series (in five episodes), which can be seen without having seen the two previous ones, is committed, intimate, full of poetry, moving, until the end, which is also perfectly successful.

 

ARTE

Hamichim, by Yael Hedaya

A series about women and middle age at last!

Humor, between The Kominksy Method and Woody Allen’s films.

 

 

 

WHAT YOU SHOULD SEE

REVIEW

ÉTÉ

SUMMER OF SOUL, de Questlove 

Synopsis

Documentary about the history of the Harlem Cultural Festival held in New York City in 1969.

 

The documentary

Until its screening at the Sundance Film Festival, no one had ever heard of this festival that was held for six weeks in the Harlem neighborhood and that helped bring together people from poor neighborhoods, whether they were Black Americans, Latinos or Whites from poor neighborhoods.

Despite the presence of 300,000 people and artists such as Stevie Wonder, Mahalia Jackson, Nina Simone, The 5th Dimension, The Staple Singers, Gladys Knight & the Pips, and Sly and the Family Stone, the festival was forgotten.

No one was interested in its production nor its distribution.

This documentary is not only about a concert but about a whole era in Harlem with all the problems linked to racism, drugs and poverty. At the same time as the Festival was taking place, the first man walked on the moon.

But for the inhabitants of Harlem, nothing is settled yet on earth and it is necessary to act first towards the populations which need financial or medical support.

Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Abbey Lincoln, Ray Baretto, all came to sing to support a cause, the end of racism and inequality.

Summer of Soul won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

 

ON DISNEY PLUS & HULU

 

 

FILM

C’EST LA VIE, by Julien Rambaldi

 

Synopsis

On her last day before retirement, Dominique (Josyane Balasko), a strong-willed midwife, is forced to cooperate with an arrogant young obstetrician (Nicolas Maury). Together, they will have to accompany five women to give birth. They will remember it all their lives.

 

The movie

This is the comedy of your summer. This pretty and moving film where love encounters are made and unmade, and all the subjects related to motherhood and fatherhood and homoparentality are tackled will make you spend a good time. The humor is there, the dialogues are well written, and the comedy is reminiscent of some romantic comedies or not American. The actresses are perfect, not only Josyane Balasko but Léa Drucker, Alice Pol, Julia Piaton, Fadily Camara, Sarah Stern, Mélodie Richard & Florence Loiret-Caille.

 

With also Nicolas Maury, David Marsais ( Mandibules)Tom Leeb, Youssef Hajdi, Antoine Gouy.

It’s a real success, go for it!

 

IN THEATERS NOW

 

 

 

BLACK BEACH, BY ESTEBAN CRESPO

 

Synopsis

In Brussels, Carlos Fuster, a Spanish executive, works for a major American oil company. He leads a luxurious life and dreams of moving to New York with his wife Susan, who is about to give birth.

But his management asks him to leave to negotiate the release of an American engineer, kidnapped in Equatorial Guinea.

 

The film

Nothing is spared in this thriller that turns out to be much more subtle than it seems at first: corruption, cynicism of corporations and NGOs, rivalries for power and money, and the love that should save everything.

Carlos, a cynical character who seems to have seen it all, dives back into his past life in this country that he has not quite left. The main actor, Raúl Arévalo, is one with his character who seems to attract trouble.

A real dive into the continent.

With Raúl Arévalo, Paulina García.

 

CURRENTLY ON CANAL PLUS

 

 

2. In movie theaters

 

 

Dream horse, by Euros Lyn

 

 

Pour l’éternité, by Roy Andersson

 

 

Le soupir des vagues, by Koji Fukada

 

 

Nadia Butterfly, by Pascal Plante

 

 

Les sentiers de l’oubli, by Nicol Ruiz

 

 

De Bas étage, by Yassine Qnia

 

 

La mort du cinéma et de mon père aussi, by Dani Rosenberg

 

 

LATER

 

Buckley’s chance, by Bill Nighly & Victoria Hill

 

 

 

The House of Gucci, by Ridley Scott

 

 

Les amours d’Anaïs, by Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet

 

 

Supernova, by Harry Macqueen 

 

 

 

3.

WEEKLY TIPS & OPINIONS

FROM PROFESSIONALS  WRITERS, SCREENWRITERS, DIRECTORS, COMPOSERS…

 

 

Actors who have followed in their fathers’ footsteps | by Insider | Insider | Jun, 2021 | Medium

Reader Question: Advice for someone wanting to give writing a full-time shot? | by Scott Myers | Jul

Reader Question: How much dialogue versus description in a screenplay? | by Scott Myers | Jul, 2021

Reader Question: Should you plot out the Protagonist’s arc or just go with your gut? | by Scott Myer

Reader Question: When can you stop tinkering with a script and finally say “done”? | by Scott Myers

The Most Useful Writing Advice I’ve Ever Been Given | by Sadie Hoagland | Creators Hub | Jul, 2021 |

The Theology of Cinema: Grace. “Here is the world. Beautiful and… | by Scott Myers | Jun, 2021 | Go

Writing and the Creative Life: Dark Places | by Scott Myers | Jul, 2021 | Go Into The Story

Writing and the Creative Life: The Joy of Running… Creatively Speaking | by Scott Myers | Jul, 2021

 

4. AT HOME ON TV

Movies and series of your summer

series de l'été

 

 

ALL THE OLYMPIC GAMES PROGRAM

 

Mercredi- Wednesday

Arte : Miraï ma petite soeur Review here

France 2 : L’amie prodigieuse

 

Jeudi – Thursday

TF1: Un Indien dans la ville

Arte: Quand revient le calme

Canal Plus: City on a Hill

 

Vendredi – Friday 

Arte : Sing Street

 

Samedi – Saturday 

Arte : Chasseur de planètes

 

Dimanche – Sunday

Arte : Good-morning-vietnam

Canal Plus : Yesterday

 

Lundi – Monday 

Canal Plus: The King (series)

Arte : L’argent-de-poche de François Truffaut avec Jean-François Stévenin

 

Mardi – Tuesday 

Arte : Vietnam

 

Mercredi- Wednesday

Arte : Vietnam suite

 

5.

AT HOME

ON YOUR PLATFORMS

Movies and series of your summer

ARTE

 

FILM

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SERIES

Foodie Love, August 6, 2021 (available until April 5, 2022)

She is an editor, he is a mathematician. They have met on a platform dedicated to food lovers and have arranged to meet in a trendy café in Barcelona. Together, they will test the best restaurants in the city as they discover each other, between complicity and defiance, restraint and seduction, in the age of social networks. Concocted by the Spanish director Isabel Coixet, this tasty series is to be consumed without moderation.Director: Isabel Coixet

Cast: Laia Costa, Guillermo Pfening, Agnès Jaoui, Yolanda Ramos, Natalia de Molina.

 

 

DOCUMENTARY

California Dreaming

Le monde de Xi Jinping

1968 en Super 8

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CONCERT

Mali Blues

Bobby McFerrin

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La Chaîne Parlementaire

LCP offers you a lot of good documentaries: here

Movies and series of your summer

 on NETFLIX

(CLICK ON THE LINK TO WATCH THE TRAILER)

 

 

Hit & Run, by Lior Raz & Avi Issacharoff (Fauda), on August 6th

 

 

The Swarm, by Just Phillippot, on August 6th

 

 

The Chair, by Amanda Peet, Annie Wyman. With  Sandra Oh, on August 20

 

 

Sex education season 3, on September 3rd

 

 

 

La Casa de Papel season 5

 

 

Movies and series of your summer

on Prime Video

 

 

Cruel Summer, (series), by Bert V. Royal, on August 6th

 

In 1993, a tragedy strikes the community of Skylin, Texas: Kate Wallis, a popular and well-liked teenager, is kidnapped by Martin Harris, the vice-principal of the town’s high school. Jeanette Turner, another teenager in town, is then accused of not reporting Kate’s disappearance and becomes the most hated person in the country.

 

 

 

Modern Love season 2, August 13th

 

 

Val, by Leo Scott & Ting Pool , on August 6th

 

 

Movies and series of your summer

on Canal+

 

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My Beautiful Boy, by Felix Van Groeningen with Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet

 

 

Movies and series of your summer

Starzplay

 

Death and Nightingales, by Allan Cubitt

 

We are who we are (review here), by Luca Guadagnino.

 

BMF, on September 26th

 

Movies and series of your summer

Apple TV

 

 

Mr Corman, de Joseph Gordon-Levitt, on August 6th

 

 

Coda, remake from La Famille Bélier, on August 13th

 

 

 

Movies and series of your summer

DISNEY PLUS

 

 

Only murders in the building, by Steve Martin & John Hoffman with Selena Gomez (Mabel), Steve Martin (Charles)

 

 

Encanto, this fall

 

 

Turning Red (March 2022)

 

 

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