Three International Premieres for an outstanding lineup: Beta Film hits the ground running at MIPCOM 2016
Munich, 6 October 2016. With three international premieres featuring multiple award-winning directors and a star-driven international cast, Beta Film is setting highlights at this year’s MIPCOM. The red carpet at the Grand Auditorium will be rolled out for Academy Award-nominated Oliver Hirschbiegel's multi-layered drama The Same Sky, set 1970's Berlin and starring The Bridge’s Sofia Helin and Tom Schilling (Generation War), among others. In the interactive legal thriller The Verdict with Burghart Klaussner (The White Ribbon) and Lars Eidinger (Clouds of Sils Maria), the audience will take the judge’s seat and decide: “guilty” or “not guilty”. Maximilian and Marie de Bourgogneby International Emmy Award-winner Andreas Prochaska, an emotional drama about power, struggle and love starring Jean-Hugues Anglade and Christa Théret, concludes the premiere triple.
Beta’s outstanding lineup also highlights the new HBO Europe series Wasteland (8 hours),an intense psychological drama and riveting mystery set in the Rust Belt at the Czech/Polish border and the series Rocco Schiavone(12 hours),which followsin the footsteps of high-level Italian crime stories with the sarcastic, ill-tempered, and charismatic police officer who must keep his mood swings at bay.
As one of today´s leading British authors Paula Milne (The Virgin Queen, The Politician’s Wife) created and wrote The Same Sky, portraying the fates of two families on both sides of the wall while recreating the charged atmosphere of the Cold War city. The six hour-event series revolves around the relationship between an East German “Romeo” agent and his target in the West, the woman he has to seduce for the sake of his country - a relationship driven by passion but built on deceit. The Same Sky is produced by UFA Fiction in co-production with Beta Film for ZDF and Czech TV in association with Rainmark Films.
Is it justified to shoot down a civilian plane converted into a deadly suicide missile? That´s the question viewers across Europe have to answer when The Verdict (feature length event, MOOVIE/Oliver Berben, ARD Degto, rbb) is being broadcasted simultaneously on Oct 17th on primetime in various countries. Depending on the outcome, either a conviction or acquittal will be shown, moderated by leading anchormen in each territory and followed by high-ranking political talk shows discussing the results, turning a linear program into an interactive and unpredictable TV happening.
In the 15th-century period drama and captivating love story Maximilian and Marie de Bourgogne the impoverished future Emperor (Jannis Niewoehner, Ruby Red-Trilogy) conquers and is conquered by Europe’s most wanted bride (Christa Théret, Laughing Out Loud/LoL) and lays the ground for the rise of the house of Habsburg to becoming the most powerful dynasty of the era. The high end series production, uniting a grandiose cast, highly detailed sets, as well as sumptuous costumes and furnishings, is produced by MR Film, Beta Film, ORF, and ZDF.
The iconic Karl May-adventure tales are reimagined in the high-budget RTL event trilogy Brotherhood - The Legend of Winnetou Returns(3xtwo hours). The mini-series Gotthard(2xtwo hours), shown at Locarno’s Piazza Grande, travels back in history and centers on the largest and most spectacular construction site of modern times: the Gotthard tunnel.
The kids’ slate comes with the brand new NRK super Christmas series Snowfall (24 x 24') about a heartwarming search for belonging and the upcoming Songfoni (22 x 10'), which shows children how to discover rhythm, melodies, and songs in a playful way.Raven, the little Rascal - The Series(52 x 12') flies through new adventures and challenges, based on the popular book series translated in 31 languages.
Beta's feature lineup includes the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winningSand Stormabout two Bedouin women who struggle to change the unchangeable rules, Berlinale competition entry24 Weeks, starring Julia Jentsch ("Sophie Scholl: The Final Days") and Gothenburg Audience Award-winningWelcome to Norway,a refugee-themed dramedy focusing on one of the most discussed topics of our time.
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