Beta Film celebrates 60th anniversary with two Canneseries competition entries, International Premieres and a line-up featuring strong female protagonists
Munich, 25 April 2019. Celebrating 60 years of entertainment, Beta Film is heading to the Côte d’Azur with an impressive slate of hundreds of hours of new television program and no less than two Canneseries competition entries as well as two International Premieres and a MIPDrama Buyers Summit presentation.
Strong female protagonists are the center of Beta’s MIPTV slate, headed by the Movistar+ original series Perfect Life and Bauhaus – A New Era by Lars Kraume (The People vs. Fritz Bauer, The Verdict), both in the running for the Canneseries awards.
Bauhaus – A New Era celebrates its world premiere in competition on MIP-Monday, April 8, 11.00 a.m. and revolves around a young woman, Dörte Helm, who becomes a true disciple of the new and revolutionary movement that is the Bauhaus. When she and founder Walter Gropius begin to fall in love, it just adds fuel to the fire that is the ensuing scandal threatening the very existence of the school of art that would go on to shape the 20th century like no other. The six-hour series is produced by zero one film in co-production with ZDF/ARTE, Constantin Television and Nadcon Film. Main cast Anna Maria Mühe and August Diehl as well as director Lars Kraume and producer Thomas Kufus will be present in Cannes.
Leticia Dolera directs and acts in Perfect Life, a dramedy following three very different women beyond 30, María, Cris and Esther. While they might think their adult lives are pretty much set, they couldn't be more wrong as each of them finds themselves at an unexpected turning point. Beta Film’s Canneseries competition title premieres on Sunday, April 7, 3.00 p.m., Auditorium Lumière with director/lead actress Leticia Dolera and her fellow main cast members Aixa Villagrán and Celia Frejeiro attending. Perfect Life (8xhalf hour) is produced by Movistar+.
The strong Spanish series slate is rounded up with What the Future Holds (6 hours), also an original series by Movistar+ that will be introduced to international buyers at a market screening on April 8, 3.30 p.m., Auditorium K. Director Mariano Barroso tells a dramatic story about Justo Gil, who arrives with his ailing mother in the razzle and dazzle of a late 1960s Barcelona, seeking to save his mother's life by striking it big.
Continuing a well-proven success story with the North American re-imagination Hudson & Rex, the 16-hour crime procedural celebrates its global premiere April 8, 9.30 a.m. (Auditorium K). Produced by Shaftesbury, Pope Productions and Beta Film for Rogers/City TV, Hudson & Rex follows a unique team, a police detective and his hardworking German Shephard. The action-packed series starring John Reardon (The Killing, Van Helsing) and Mayko Nguyen (Cracked, Killjoys) is the first English-language adaptation of the highly successful European format that aired in 125 countries around the world for 18 seasons.
With strong commitment to high quality, Beta will present a first look at the prestigious Norwegian series Atlantic Crossing (8 hours) to international audiences on April 7, 3.15 p.m. at MIPDrama Buyers Summit. Inspired by true events, this star-studded drama centers on another great woman in history, Crown Princess Märtha, who fled the Nazis to live in the FDR White House and became an influential figure in world politics. Golden Globe-winning and twice Emmy-nominated legendary actor Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks) stars as US President Franklin D. Roosevelt alongside multi-awarded Swedish actress Sofia Helin (The Bridge) in the drama produced by Cinenord Drama for NRK in coproduction with Beta Film.
In addition, Beta Film will present first images of the third season of the epic crime series Babylon Berlin, which is currently shooting and will follow Inspector Gereon Rath (Volker Bruch) and Charlotte Ritter (Liv-Lisa Fries) investigating the violent on-set death of a film actress in the tumultuous weeks before the 1929 stock market crash. Babylon Berlin premiered last year on public broadcaster ARD as the most watched series of the year on German television with 7.8 million viewers. Before, Babylon Berlin ran on Sky with the best ratings of non-English series ever. The 28-hour show, sold in 100 territories to date, is produced by X Filme Creative Pool in co-production with ARD Degeto, WDR, Sky and Beta Film.
Meanwhile, the ongoing success story of the Mafia drama Gomorrah continues with its fourth season (12 hours): Genny Savastano (Salvatore Esposito) is being forced to establish a new balance of power. Trying to rehabilitate himself within the community, he enters the business world and distances himself from old acquaintances. After a shocking Season 3 finale, former lead Marco d'Amore (Ciro) gives his debut as director. The Golden Nymph-awarded show is produced by Sky, Cattleya, Fandango Films and Beta Film. Season 4 premieres on Sky Italia just before MIPTV.
For Beta Film’s full MIPTV line-up, please visit www.betafilm.com
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