Cannes Winners for British actors Philip Glenister & Shaun Paul McGrath

An International line up of actors Win two Awards at CanneSeries 2023. Amongst the British actors are Oliver Buckner, Eric Colvin, Helder Fernanders. The international line up stars Uri Gov, Yaakov-Zada Daniel star of (Fauda ) French actress Carolina Jurczak, Oleg Levin, and Award winning Actor and writer Reshef Levi. This is his Levi’s second Cannes Award as a writer and actor. Written by Reshef Levi, Yannets Levi, & Tomer Shani

Directed by Tomer Shani;  Carthago television series sees a successful comedian Elijah Levi played by Uri Gov, deported to a detainee camp in 1942 Palestine. As various factions vie for control amidst crumbling British control, the comedian strives to save his life at all costs.

There are far too few media productions about the chaos in 1940s Palestine; but here comes Carthago, a high budgeted drama that fills this gap splendidly. Featuring a sprawling tale of freedom and love, Carthago is impressive by almost all accounts. It looks great, has a resonant and emotive story at its heart and is powered by commendable performances by all involved.


Uri Gov as Elijah Levi is a revelation while Oliver Buckner as the British spy Thomas Edinburgh is played beautifully. Equally impressive are Philip Glenister (life on Mars star) As Commander Lord James Davidson and Irish actor Shaun Paul McGrath as Archibald McDonald, one of the two fearsome camp wardens who have nefarious designs of their own. The cast elevates the already fantastic script and across the 11 episode first season, a complex story of shifting alliances and unexpected twists goes far beyond what we expect. A host of international actors make this a storyline to see. Yaahov Zada- Daniel from (Fauda fame) plays Torso and teams well aside Reshef Levi (Jacob Dan) to help solve the constant internal conflicts within the camp, as Sasha played by Oleg Levin takes over the groups cause.

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From a technical standpoint, Carthago is a knockout. From the yellowish visuals that capture the dry and arid atmosphere of the region to highly authentic set design, it seems the makers went all out to ensure the production looked and felt authentic. Likewise, the cinematography by Daniella Nowitz is stunning.  The sound mixing transports the audience right into the centre of the intrigue, scheming and plotting for freedom.

Efficiently combining history with fiction, Carthago is television at its very finest. Winning two awards at the coveted Cannes Series Festival for the Best Cast Performance & High School Award for Best Series. The series knocks it out of the park. We give Carthago 9.5 stars!

We look forward to a much anticipated return of a new series which should achieve our full 10 stars.


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