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Beta Film builds “Empire Oktoberfest” (WT)


Jun 06 2019

Munich, 6 June 2019. Shooting is underway for Beta Film’s new high-end series Empire Oktoberfest (WT) by Hannu Salonen (Shades of Guilt) for BR/ARD Degeto. The thrilling six-hour series about the fierce battle between two family breweries, set in Munich in 1900, stars Mišel Matičević (Babylon Berlin), Martina Gedeck (Academy Award-winning Lives of Others) and the up-and-coming talents Klaus Steinbacher (Das Boot) and Mercedes Mueller (Passenger 23). The drama sheds light on a chapter in the history of the world-famous, iconic public festival, where Munich's truly powerful secretly carry out their affairs. Shooting in Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia and Prague, the Zeitsprung/Violet Pictures-production will be wrapped mid-August. Beta Film handles the world sales and will present first images at MIPCOM in Cannes this fall.

Producers Michael Souvignier, Till Derenbach and Alexis von Wittgenstein: “The power-obsessed milieu of Munich’s breweries in 1900 is a fascinating setting for a series. The contrast between roughness, gloom and the ease of the world-famous Schwabing bohemia with eccentric artists such as Wassily Kandinsky and Thomas Mann is a great, exciting stage for a family epic of Shakespearian scale.”

Empire Oktoberfest (WT) portrays two beer-brewing dynasties fight for domination of the famous beer festival. The story revolves around a young girl who falls in love with a poor brewer's son. Their feelings are against her father's wishes - a rich mobster, who has come to town to try and bully his way into the inner circle of Munich's brewery dynasties. Soon, blood is being shed and the young brewer has to fight desperately to protect his own family from his love's father.

Empire Oktoberfest (WT) is produced by Zeitsprung Pictures in cooperation with Violet Pictures in co-production with BR, ARD Degeto, WDR and MDR for Das Erste, supported by FFF Bayern, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and German Motion Picture Fund.

For further information:
Dorothee Stoewahse
Tel: + 49 89 67 34 69 15
Cell: + 49 170 63 84 627,


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