Riviera, the British thriller series in the sunshine of the Côte d’Azur, was screened as world premiere at MIPTV at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.
“The French Riviera sublimates everything it touches” the information screens in the Palais des Festivals in Cannes are displaying ! That’s what Paul McGuinness must have thought, former manager of the band U2 and co-author with John Banville (The Sea) – winner of the Booker Prize – of the first two episodes of Riviera, the new 10-part saga that takes place in the exquisite setting of the French Riviera, in the (not so) refined world of the billionaires.
World premiere at MIPTV
The world premiere screening of Riviera in the Grand Auditorium of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes opened the MIPTV. The screening took place in the presence of American actress Julia Stiles (Jason Bourne, Blue), Swedish actress Lena Olin (Casanova, The Reader) and British actor Adrian Lester (Undercover), as well as Dimitri Leonidas (Monuments Men), Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones), Amr Waked and Roxane Duran (White Ribbon). The cast of the series was completed by executive producers Liza Marshall and Paul McGuinness and producer Foz Allen.
Luxury along with secrets
The American art curator Georgina (Julia Stiles) found love with Constantin Clios (Anthony LaPaglia), a billionaire businessman and a philanthropist, who became her husband. She joined him and his three children born on a first marriage on the Côte d’Azur. Georgina discovers the fashionable universe of the jet set, where money and luxury often conceals secrets and deceits, an intertwined world with its private jets, its yachts, its refinement of fine arts and extravagant festivals but also weird characters.
Georgina’s life is literally blown to pieces with the disappearance of Constantine during the mysterious explosion of the yacht of a powerful Russian arms trafficker off Monaco.
Investigation in the world of art
To the strange circumstances surrounding the supposed death of her husband is added the appearance of the flamboyant ex-wife Irina (Lena Olin), who sees her not only as the woman who stole Constantine’s affection but also that of their children Adam (Iwan Rheon), Christos (Dimitri Leonidas) and Adriana (Roxane Duran). In a thrilling plot dexterously mixing family saga and high-octane action, Georgina embarks on the dangerous path of discovering the truth about her husband and the world in which he was evolving.
Intended to be broadcast worldwide, Riviera is the result of a partnership between Sky Vision, in charge of production and distribution, and the international telecommunications and media Group Altice. Produced by Archery Pictures and Primo Productions, the 10-episode series will be broadcast exclusively on Sky Atlantic in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria in 2017.
The main actors and the Riviera team walked the Red Carpet during the MIPTV 2017 Opening Night at the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez.
The actors of Riviera at MIPTV in images
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