Marta Balaga French TV festival Series Mania started out playfully with a slew of humorous digs directed at its starry guests during the opening ceremony, including Brian Cox, back in town to hold a masterclass and introduce the latest episode of his smash hit “Succession.” “I didn’t have time to watch Season 3.
I have to see my children grow up, Brian!,” exclaimed host Daphné Bürki, before introducing this year’s opening show “Greek Salad” by Cédric Klapisch: “A prequel to ‘Norwegian Omelette,’ always starring Romain Duris,” Bürki joked.
Series Mania general director Laurence Herszberg joined in on the fun, giving a shoutout to “Emily in Paris’s” Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, attending with co-star Arnaud Binard: “She became a symbol of a Parisian woman.
I hope there isn’t too much weight on your shoulders, Philippine!” Jumping from stage onto the screen, Herszberg also starred alongside artistic director Frédéric Lavigne in a video clip spoof of “The Crown,” which saw Hugo Bardin, known by his drag name Paloma, appointed as the Queen’s successor. “We have been doing these films for three years now, but before, we would only parody French series.Read more on variety.com
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