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Star power in Cannes: Beta Film rolls out red carpet for major MIP-premieres


Oct 05 2018

Munich, 5 October 2018. Glamour, stars and flashlights: Cannes’ Palais des Festivals opens its doors for two Beta Film MIPCOM world premieres, the Spanish thriller The Pier by Money Heist/Casa de Papel-showrunner Álex Pina and the Russian drama-series Trigger. Beta Film also highlights the international premiere of LuxMedici: The Magnificent by showrunner Frank Spotnitz as well as the thriller M – A City Hunts a Murderer, a reimagination of Fritz Lang’s monumental 1931 classic "M", the limited series Victor Hugo – Enemy of the State and Pagan Peak by Dark producers Wiedemann & Berg.

Spanish TV-stars Álvaro Morte (Money Heist/Casa de Papel), Verónica Sánchez (Morocco) and Irene Arcos (Vis a Vis) are joining Álex Pina and Esther Martínez on stage for the Movistar+-series The Pier (8 hours, in collaboration with Atresmedia Studios&Vancouver Media). The sensual romantic thriller follows a strong woman, who is confronted with the alleged suicide of her husband. She investigates on her own and discovers the secret double life he had led with another woman. The Pier will celebrate its world-premiere on Tuesday, Oct 16, 6.45 pm at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.

Trigger (15 hours) is the latest production by Russian outlet Sreda for Channel One Russia and puts a spotlight on uptown Moscow where psychologist Artem practices “provocative therapy” – a risky method confronting patients with their deepest fears. Lead talents Maxim Matveev and Viktoria Maslova are walking the red carpet for the world premiere on MIP-Sunday, Oct 14, 6.30 pm.

With the second season already greenlighted, Medici: The Magnificent (8 hours and 8 hours in pre-production) will bring the young revolutionaries of the Renaissance to the screen. Back in Florence 1469, young Lorenzo de Medici is keen to abandon the outworn politics of the past to usher in a new era. The English language production by Lux Vide, Rai, Altice and Big Light is starring Game of Thrones’ Sean Bean, Fear the Walking Dead-star Daniel Sharman, Bradley James (Homeland) and Francesco Montanari (Cacciatore – The Hunter). Medici will celebrate its international premiere on MIP-Wednesday, Oct 17, 8.30 am, Audi K.

In the limited event series M – A City Hunts a Murderer (6 hours, Superfilm for ORF and RTL Crime), showrunner David Schalko (Old Money, Braunschlag) portraits a society in which a child murderer strikes terror into people's hearts, granting us a look at the dark underbelly of the police, politics, families and throughout all social classes. Victor Hugo – Enemy of the State (4 hours, Quad, Point du Jour for France Télévisions) by the production company behind the worldwide hit The Intouchables, circles around the legendary French statesman and poet. Pagan Peak (8 hours for Sky Germany) follows two cops on a hunt deep into the paranoid world of a serial killer. The limited series just came back from its world premiere at the Tribeca TV Festival.

1994 (8 hours) marks the season final of the internationally acclaimed Italian political thriller by Wildside (Young Pope, My Brilliant Friend) for Sky Italia. The highly ambitious series about corruption and the mani pulite bribery investigations centers around the rise of the new political power.  The Italian crime series Rocco Schiavone (20 hours, Rai, Cross, Beta Film) returns with new episodes as does the Belgium format Professor T. (39 hours, Skyline) and Movistar+/Bambus The Velvet Collection (20 hours), where the staff has to tackle a delicate task: designing a dress for the Empress of Persia. The iconic Laurel and Hardy (500 hours available) are coming back in black and white with more than 14 hours newly digitally remastered material to make you laugh. 

Betas Kids&Family-slate features the animated comedy series The Rubbish World of Dave Spud (26 x 11’) from Illuminated Film for ITV’s kids. Dave, the magnet for disaster, is a fighter against the odds and an unlikely hero, knowing that no matter how rubbish things get, together with the Spud family he will prevail. A dark mystery unites two worlds in Campus 12 (53 x 11’), produced by Studio 100 Belgium for Ketnet. The show picks up when a girl vanishes from the face of the earth and only her twin brother remembers that she ever existed. The mysterious Ninja Nanny (10 x 25’, Storytellers) finds a new student in pre-teen Hunter. The smart girl discovers her new powers when she accidentally sees her nanny in ninja action. The NRK super series Helium (13 x 14’) follows young Martin, who falls in love for the very first time, but every time he runs into his crush Dalia his voice changes and he starts to sound like Donald Duck on helium.


For further information:
Beta Film Press, Dorothee Stoewahse
Tel: + 49 89 67 34 69 15,