French zombies feast on awards
FRENCH series Les Revenants (The Returned) won best international drama series at the International Emmy Awards in New York. Rights for the fantasy-zombie show, which was created by Fabrice Gobert, have already been bought in some 40 countries, including the US, Canada, Australia, Germany, and throughout Latin America.
Accepting the golden trophy at the New York Hilton, producer Caroline Benjo thanked Gobert and Canal + for being ‘‘so daring in their choices’’ as well as Sundance Channel, which has just begun airing the show in the United States.
She joked that all the ‘‘French zombies that didn’t know they were liked, and are going to go out. Beware.’’ The series, marking a kind of renaissance in French television, was also remarkably successful in Britain earlier this year when a subtitled version aired on Channel 4.
It notched some 1.8 million viewers, the best audience for a subtitled show in Britain since 2006.
It has been airing with subtitles on Sundance since October 31 on Sundance in the United States – a high achievement for a French show.
Some 36 nominees from 19 countries were competing in nine categories at the 41st International Emmy award ceremony, which honors the best television made outside the United States.
The Returned, which airs in Australia on pay TV, opens in a small mountain community which is rocked to its core when several local people who are presumed dead suddenly re-appear at their homes.
Despite having passed away some years earlier, these ghostly characters appear in human form, they have not aged, and they are completely unaware of their own fatality. Determined to reclaim their lives and start over, they slowly come to realise they are not the only ones to have been brought back from the dead.
Their return means torment for their community when a series of gruesome murders bear a chilling resemblance to the work of a serial killer from the past.
The Returned: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays, Mondays, various times, STVDIO