"Mama's Angel"
“Mama’s Angel”

This year’s upcoming edition of MIPCOM – the annual trade show held in Cannes that is geared primarily towards the television industry – runs from Oct 17-20.

Skimming through some of the titles that will be launched there this month, I came across this one from the TV arm of French-German distribution and international sales company, Wild Bunch, who plan to shop a trio of new series at MIPCOM: Israeli director-writer Keren Weissman’s psychological drama “Mama’s Angel” in which the “dark underbelly” of a wealthy Tel Aviv suburb emerges following the brutal murder of a local young boy.

A longer summary reads: The ruptured body of a seven year old boy is found under the memorial for air force heroes. On the same night, the memorial is desecrated by an 18 year old Ethiopian graffiti artist named Rafa, who is caught red-handed in the act, and becomes a prime suspect in the boy’s murder. The story follows those whose lives have been shattered that night, including Rafa, as well as the CSI expert who knows they’ve got the wrong guy, and Rafa’s African (Ethiopian) mother, who thought she’d seen it all.

One can assume that the title, “Mama’s Angel,” may refer to Rafa, and his mother.

The series, which participated in competition at the Paris-set Series Mania event in April of this year, is produced by Tel Aviv-based Black Sheep Film Productions for the Israel’s YES TV.

The project is being sold as a 10-episode hour-long drama series.

No other information is available at this time. But we may learn more after MIPCOM, especially if the series is picked up by a TV network in the USA. There’s also always the chance of an American remake; it wouldn’t be the first time that an Israeli TV series has been remade for American audiences. Popular series like “Homeland” (Showtime) and “In Treatment” (HBO) are both based on Israeli originals.

No trailer for “Mama’s Angel” at this time; only the above official image from the series.