After Trepalium , Arte pursues his serial exploration of the universe of anticipation. Transfers , which has just been unveiled at the Séries Mania festival, plunges us into 6 episodes in the near future where mind transfer from one body to another is possible. We met Claude Scasso (screenwriter), Patrick Benedek (screenwriter and co producers) and Olivier Guignard (director).
Claude Scasso : In a world not very far from ours, we invented the possibility of transferring the soul from one body to another body, which has helped to heal many people. But very quickly, we realized that we had gone too fast to legislate and allow these transfers, because counter-transfers were possible and it was dangerous. So we went back and banned it. In this context, a man wakes up after years of comma and discovers not only the existence of transfers but especially that he has just been transferred. Also in the body of a policeman of the BATI, the anti-transfer brigade …
Why, with such a strong starting point, to have added a police theme to the series?
Patrick Benedek : In our writing, we are interested in the mixing of genres and moreover it is often done in fiction. But for us, the polar is above all a way of exploring society, just like anticipation.
Olivier Guignard : And then with such a postulate of departure, the polar was naturally part of the story. It is easy to imagine that the possibility of hand-to-hand transfer of soul will inevitably stir up certain lusts and traffics, especially if this becomes forbidden.
Claude Scasso : When we wrote the story, we took a lot of inspiration from literature, more than films or series. And traditionally the great science fiction writers, Van Vogt, K. Dick, use the polar a lot.
However, when we see Transfers we also think of series like Black Mirror or Real Humans …
Patrick Benedek : So much the better. Our desire to start was to privilege the register of emotion, to be closer to the characters, to be anchored in everyday life. The society we are describing is close to ours, but it is not ours. In this sense, we are actually in the same movement as some Nordic series, but Transfers is much more Latin. In a way, less cold.
Claude Scasso : After all, when we began to think about the series, Black Mirror did not exist yet and when we saw it, we thought we were exactly in the same Mobility. We live in a world where technology is so fast that we do not take time to stop and measure the consequences. That’s the kind of question we were interested in, as was Black Mirror , I guess. We are in the same anguish with the technological advances and the evolution of our society.
One of the highlights of the series is undoubtedly its spiritual theme, because the transfer of soul also raises the question of the religious …
Olivier Guignard : Today with everything that happens in the world, there is a resurgence of this theme. We really feel that this corresponds to questions, no doubt also a lack of our society.
Claude Scasso : Besides without revealing too much, as the episodes, the series will explore more and more the society and therefore the politics. And politics will manifest itself partly in the religious, because one of the consequences is that the religious will want to become a political party.
Is it a series or a miniseries?
Patrick Benedek : The end is a fairly open end, pause of new issues and new questions. Obviously in our minds, we have a lot to tell. Then we’ll see the hearings …