TV and cinema… our selection of events not to be missed over the next three months.
“TOKYO VICE”, FINALLY ON YOUR SCREENS It’s the great return of Michael Mann . Seven years after “Hacker”, his last feature film, the American director co-signed and co-produced the adaptation of the eponymous story, cult since its publication in 2009, by his compatriot Jake Adelstein. Fascinatingly immersed in the mysteries of Japanese society, “Tokyo Vice” retraces the daily life of its author, a young reporter for a major Tokyo daily in the 1990s. The series also makes its main interpreter, Ansel Elgort, an impeccable Candide struggling with the local underworld. The 28-year-old actor, spotted in “The Fault in Our Stars” or in Spielberg’s “West Side Story”, is astounding even in his mastery of the Japanese language. Broadcast across the Atlantic in April by HBO Max, the series has already been renewed for a second season. Initiatory story as much as sweaty thriller: a masterstroke. CS
From September 15 on Canal+.
“THE BLACK BUTTERFLIES”, A REAL TELEVISUAL JEWEL… A writer lacking in inspiration, Adrien (Nicolas Duvauchelle) is hired by Albert, an old man (Niels Arestrup ). The latter wants him to write his memoirs before he dies. But his confession is mind-blowing: with Solange, his companion, he would have formed a diabolical duo… A high-flying cast in the service of a poisonous love story, these “Black Butterflies” soar to the heights of the harrowing thriller. Special mention to Axel Granberger and Alyzée Costes, criminal lovers raging in 1970s France. A mini-series more fascinating than “The Serpent”! FL
On Arte, September 22 and 29 at 8:55 p.m.
“AVATAR 2”, FINALLY! It took James Cameron thirteen years to imagine, write and direct the sequel to his “Avatar” , a brilliant ecological and militant visual feat of 2009. The filmmaker of “Titanic” this time places his action ten years after the first part, Jake Sully and Neytiri having become parents. But when the Resources Development Administration lands on Pandora, an entire system will be in peril. After an impressive first trailer, “Avatar: The Way of the Water” will reveal itself to audiences in theaters around the world in mid-December. Three other episodes of the saga are already planned. But, Cameron has promised, we won’t have to wait thirteen years between each of them. BL
Released December 14.