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M - A City Hunts a Murderer

 
Title: M - A City Hunts a Murderer
Original title: M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder
Format: 6 x one hour, HD
Starring: Moritz Bleibtreu (KNOCKIN' ON HEAVEN'S DOOR, SHADES OF GUILT)
Lars Eidinger (CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA, PERSONAL SHOPPER)
Udo Kier (DOWNSIZING, MELANCHOLIA, BLADE, )
Verena Altenberger (COLD HELL)
Sophie Rois (ENEMY AT THE GATES, THREE)
Directed by: David Schalko (BRAUNSCHLAG, OLD MONEY)
Produced by: A Superfilm production by John Lueftner and David Schalko for ORF and TV NOW

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M - A City Hunts a Murderer

The contemporary remake of one of the all-time classics of film history: Fritz Lang's thriller “M” of 1931.

Vienna in the dead of winter. An annoyed mother sends her little daughter back to the playground to retrieve a forgotten jacket. A whistling behind the curtain of snow. The little girl follows the lure and vanishes without a trace. A child murderer is afoot.

The police are helpless and speeding at idle speed. The Minister of the Interior exploits the incidents politically for his own purposes. The yellow press is instigating and the people get more and more nervous - the city seems full of suspects.

More and more children disappear and as the dead bodies appear in the melting snow the situation escalates. The only focus is on finding the killer. “M” becomes a public case.

Total surveillance, fake news, agitation in the net. Arbitrary arrests. The criminal underworld is made to look like fools which they don't put up with, though. They actually do the work of the police and search for the murderer.

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Sporting the same title as Fritz Lang's iconic 1931 film starring Peter Lorre as the serial killer, the new six-episode television remake M – A City Hunts a Murderer makes a decidedly less frightening thriller on the small screen. It combines the primal horror of murdering children with the cheerful banality of a TV police procedural, occasionally wandering off into comic territory. One would think the story of a child murderer doesn't lend itself to comedy, but this Austrian television production, shot on location in wintry Vienna, sprouts dark humor.(…)
(THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER)

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