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HBO has picked up French true-crime drama Laetitia, which premieres on the premium network in North America later this month.

Laetitia: Sophie Breyer, Marie Colomb — Photo by Jerome Prebois/HBO

Based on the true events that shook France in 2011, Laetitia follows the disappearance of eighteen-year-old “Laetitia” and the repercussions on her twin sister “Jessica.” The drama is adapted from the best-selling book Laëtitia, ou la fin des hommes (Laetitia, or the end of men) by Ivan Jablonka, published by Editions du Seuil in 2016.

The first French series ever to be selected for the Sundance Film Festival in 2019, Laetitia premieres in North America on Monday, August 30, at 10 PM ET/PT, on HBO. The six-episode limited series will be available to stream on HBO Max.

The drama chronicles Laetitia’s disappearance in western France. Left to reconstruct her final hours for answers, investigators begin to uncover deeply-troubling details of Laetitia and Jessica’s upbringing. As they search to uncover the specifics about her final days, the highly-polarizing case casts a sharp eye on France’s legal system, police force, and social services, and how a single act of violence can impact an entire country.

Said Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, the writer and director of Laetitia:

“Behind Laetitia’s tragic murder, there was an unknown world, an abusive social environment with shattered individual destinies. This is a true story and it starts with classic police work, an investigation about the disappearance of an eighteen year old girl. To me it very quickly became an investigation about the life of that young woman which is much more fascinating and something for which I feel a great deal of responsibility and humility in being able to tell. We have to remember Laetitia, not the way she died, but the way she lived.”

The lead cast of Laetitia includes Sophie Breyer (The Break), Marie Colomb (Sunshine State of Mind), Yannick Choirat (Witnesses), Sam Karmann (Irresponsible), Alix Poisson (The Returned), Kévin Azaïs (Love at First Sight), Noam Morgensztern (Paris Police 1900), Clotilde Mollet (The Intouchables), Cyril Descours (A French Village), and Guillaume Marquet (The Art of Crime).

A co-production of France Télévisions, Be-Films / RTBF, and Pictanovo, Laetitia is written by Antoine Lacomblez (Three Times Manon) and written and directed by Academy Award®-winning director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade (Murder on a Sunday Morning). It is executive produced by Jean Labib (Murder in…) for CPB Films, and produced by Judith Louis (Spies of Warsaw) and Christophe Louis (Balthazar) for L’lle Clavel.


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Laetitia: HBO Sets North American Premiere Date for French True-Crime Drama
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