The international series festival announced the complete jury for its long-form series competition, which will be led by actor and producer, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, alongside writer Sigal Avin, actress Naidra Ayadi, actor Salvatore Esposito and music composer Marco Prince.
Ahead of its new edition, which is taking place at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes from October 8 to the 13, Canneseries unveiled today the complete jury for its long-form series competition.
As previously announced, the jury will be led by actor and producer, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
He will be joined by writer Sigal Avin, actress Naidra Ayadi, actor Salvatore Esposito and music composer Marco Prince.
The long-form series competition will feature 10 series from the international market, including the Argentine title Limbo… hasta que lo decida, by Star+.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, president of the jury
Actor/Writer/Producer Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is best known for his role as “Jaime Lannister” on HBO’s Award-winning series Game of Thrones, for which he was Emmy nominated twice for “Outstanding Supporting Actor.” He will next be seen starring in Against the Ice, an environmental thriller for Netflix, which he also produced and marks his screenwriting debut. Coster-Waldau recently wrapped the starring role in Nick Cassavetes’ crime drama God is a Bullet. Past credits include Shot Caller, Mama opposite Jessica Chastain, Susanne Bier’s A Second Chance, The other Woman with Cameron Diaz and Jo Nesbo’s Head Hunters.
Sigal Avin is an American, Israeli screenwriter, playwright and director. Recently, she created, wrote and directed the psychological thriller Losing Alice (which competed in CANNESERIES Season 3), which premiered on HOT in June 2020 and then globally on Apple TV+ in January 2021. She’s also responsible for the #THATSHARASSMENT campaign she created, wrote and directed in 2018, for which she teamed up with David Schwimmer and Mazdack Razzi. She created, wrote and directed the dramedy The Ex-list that had an American remake on CBS and the comedy series Irreversible. She started with a career in theatre, and created and executive produced three of Israel’s most acclaimed Telenovelas.
Naidra Ayadi, who received the César du meilleur Espoir in 2012 for her role in Polisse by Maïwenn, then went on to play a part on the limited series 3 fois Manon by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade. After many roles on the big screen, she wrote and directed her first feature film Ma fille (2018). Recently, we’ve seen her in Rachel Lang’s last film Mon Légionnaire (Director’s Fortnight, Angoulême Festival), in Les Promesses by Thomas Khruitoff (Venise Film Festival) and in Stillwater by Tom Maccarthy. She is also seen on television on Le Code (France 2). She has recently shot Oussekine (Star) and Parallèles (Disney+). She is developing a series and finishing writing her 2nd film.
Born on February 2, 1986 in Naples, Salvatore Esposito grew up in Mugnano and from an early age he cultivated a passion for acting. After high school he participated in two short films: The consent and The principle of the excluded third, and then enrolled first at the Beatrice Bracco Theater Academy, then at the Naples Film School. Later he moved to Rome, where in 2013 he was hired for his first role in the TV series Il clan dei camorristi (2013), inspired by the events that saw the Casalesi clan as protagonist. The success, however, for the Neapolitan actor comes with Gomorra – La serie (2014) based on the novel by Roberto Saviano, in which he plays Genny Savastano, son of the boss Don Pietro. During the recording of the series, Esposito also had to lose 20 kg, highlight the change of the protagonist on his return from a trip to Honduras. It is this leading role that allows Esposito to achieve fame, thanks also to the great success of the series. Salvatore participates in the series for all 4 seasons.
Marco Prince began in music as a DJ for the legendary club Le Palace. He gets some attention with his funck-rock band FFF, that has today made 5 albums, received multiple Victoires de la Musique awards, and done many international tours… In 1997, Marco Prince composes the soundtrack for Vive La République by Eric Rochant. He is behind the soundtrack of the Jamel Debbouze’s one man show, of the cult series Mafiosa (Canal+), of international events such as Dior’s 60th anniversary, the opening ceremonyof Doha’s Asian games, the rugby world cup, etc. In 2021, he made the original soundtrack of the series L’Opéra (OCS).