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First days of shooting: Beta Film investigates in “M for Murder”


Jan 25 2018

Munich, 25 January 2018. It is one of the all-time classics of film history: Fritz Lang’s thriller “M” from 1931. Beta Film partners with ORF, RTL Crime and Superfilm on the contemporary reimagination M - A City Hunts a Murderer, starring Moritz Bleibtreu, Lars Eidinger and Udo Kier and helmed by renowned Austrian director David Schalko (“Braunschlag”, “Old Money”). Shooting for the six-hour-series is under way until April. In M - A City Hunts a Murderer a capital is confronted with a series of child murders, transforming the open and lively city into a society under total surveillance.

The original black-and-white film “M” from 1931was one of the first German sound films and is still regarded today as one of the most important works of film history. Multi-awarded director David Schalko, who wrote the script together with Evi Romen: "Since I re-watched the classic ‘M’ three years ago, the film has had a grip on me. How would it be today, in times of surveillance and looming fascism? Apart from the fascinating formal approach that the city is the lead actor, ‘M’ is a non-genre film including all genres - like life itself."

Vienna in the dead of winter. Children are disappearing. First there is no trace of them, then their bodies start turning up. A feast for the tabloids. A series of defeats for the police. A political problem. And, at the same time, a long-awaited opportunity for the ambitious Minister of the Interior. The criminal underworld steps in. The child murderer has to be found so they can continue with their usual dirty business, unhindered.

The cast list includes an ensemble of more than 100 actors and is headed by Moritz Bleibtreu (“Knockin' on Heaven's Door”, “Shades of Guilt”), Lars Eidinger (“Babylon Berlin”), Udo Kier (“Blade”), Verena Altenberger (“Cold Hell”) and Sophie Rois (“Enemy at the Gates”, “Three”).

M for Murder is a Superfilm production by John Lueftner and David Schalko for ORF and RTL Crime. It is the first original co-production of the Pay-channel RTL Crime and is supported by Fernsehfond Austria and Film Fonds Wien. Beta Film handles world sales.

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Beta Film Press, Dorothee Stoewahse
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