Céline Sallette is featured in the “Infiniti” series on Canal+. An original creation that mixes space travel and esotericism, where science fiction meets thriller.
Infiniti: the disturbing discovery of a corpse
Produced in part by Éric Laroche (Para//els) and directed by Thierry Poiraud (Atomik Circus: The Return of James Bataille, Goal of the Dead), Infiniti is the new original creation of Canal+. This series designed by Stéphane Pannetier and Julien Vanlerenberghe begins when transmissions with the ISS, the International Space Station, suddenly stop following a failed maneuver.
At the same time, on a rooftop in Kazakhstan, a headless corpse is found. This body covered in wax is that of Anthony Kurz (Lex Shrapnel). Problem: this American astronaut is actually onboard the ISS. After this macabre and inexplicable discovery, his girlfriend Anna Zarathi (Céline Sallette), a French astronaut fired from the space program, and the disavowed Kazakh policeman Isaak Turgun (Daniar Alshinov) look into the case and try to unravel its mysteries.
Vlad Ivanov, Anatolii Panchenko, Karina Arutyunyan, Ellora Torchia and Laurent Capelluto complete the international distribution ofInfiniti. A program consisting of six episodes that mix thriller and science fiction, where shamanism gradually slips into the investigation of the two main characters taking place in Baikonur.
A meeting of several genres
During its presentation at the CannesSeries festival, 20 minutes was able to talk with the creators from Infiniti. Stéphane Pannetier said about the mix of genres that gives the series its unique identity:
Since our meeting with Julien at the conservatory (European Conservatory of Audiovisual Writing, editor’s note), we really wanted to work on the space. The thriller was reassuring, especially on French TV, to be able to allow a digression towards something a little mystical or esoteric.
Like the first season of True Detective worn by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, the program confronts two characters opposed to these esoteric and mystical elements, adding a cosmic dimension. The astronaut embodied by Céline Sallette (Ghosts, Vernon Subutex) agrees to put aside his logic, while the policeman played by Daniar Alshinov (A Dark Dark Man) is much more Cartesian. Asked about the filming split between Ukraine and Kazakhstan, Céline Sallette said for Canal+:
Apart from the character, what seduced me in Infiniti, it is the idea to leave of course. To film in Ukraine and to film in Kazakhstan, to discover this country with all the fantasies it includes. And then space travel… Having the opportunity to play that is exceptional.
His playing partner assured about the visual atmosphere of the series:
Kazakhstan, its landscapes and the spatial atmosphere create a real contrast.
To discover their singular and complementary duo, go to Canal+. Infiniti East to discover from April 4, 2022.