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VARIETY: Leticia Dolera’s ‘Perfect Life,’ Comedy, Gender Equality Triumph at Canneseries

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Apr 10 2019

CANNES — Leticia Dolera’s Spanish women’s comedy “Perfect Life” swept the 2nd Canneseries TV festival on Wednesday night, scooping both best series and best special performance for its female leads, Dolera herself, Celia Freijeiro and Aixa Villagrán.

With Israel’s “Nehama,” a HOT Original dramedy created, co-written and starring Reshef Levi winning best performance for Levi, the 2nd Canneseries prize winners can be seen as a vindication of the drama series’ decided bet on comedy as a way to portray key gender issues.

“Now more than ever, it is important for women and men to get together and recognize the importance of gender equality,” jury member Katheryn Winnick said during the awards ceremony.

In “Perfect Life’s” case that’s gender stereotypes with its protagonists, male and female, fall short of the high-achievement traditional role models they have been brought up on – a home, husband, children. They would be happier, Dolera suggests, in a solution brought out more in the Spanish title, with just going with the flow.

Pushing the envelope on some issues – women’s sexuality, for instance, “Perfect Life” was appreciated at Canneseries for its ability to treat such themes in a fun, fast moving comedy, with an eye-popping pop palette, mixing, sometimes at one and the same time, pathos, emotion, life-changing drama and bathos.

“I think future should include a women’s point of view. I wont to dedicate this award to everyone who fought against stereotypes,” Dolera said, accepting the award.

(…) Christoph M. Kaiser and Julian Maas won best music for their jazz score of “Bauhaus – A New Era,” sometimes laid-back, at other times jaunty. Sold by Beta Film, directed by Lars Kraume, “Bauhaus – A New Era” portrayed the early years of the legendary art school, but, notably, from

2019 CANNESERIES WINNERS 

BEST SERIES
Perfect Life,” Leticia Dolera

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE PRIZE
Leticia Dolera, Celia Freijeiro, Aixa Villagrán for “Perfect Life”

BEST MUSIC
Christoph M. Kaiser, Julian Maas for “Bauhaus – A New Era

BEST PERFORMANCE
Reshef Levi, for “Nehama”

SHORT FORM SERIES
“Over and Out,” Adele Vuko, Christiaan Van Vuuren

BEST SCREENPLAY
Bert Van Dael and Sanne Nuyens for “The Twelve”