Beta joins “Operation Sabre” ahead of Canneseries World Premiere

Munich/Cannes, 12 March 2024. The shots hit in bright daylight and left Serbia, a nation on the way of recovering from the fall of Yugoslavia, in shambles. Beta Film has picked up international distribution rights to Serbian crime thriller Operation Sabre (8x1h), which is based on the true events of the assassination of the Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Đinđić in 2003. The eight-hour series has been selected for Canneseries’ Long Form Competition and will celebrate its World Premiere in the prestigious Grand Auditorium Lumière in attendance of cast and crew on 8 April 2024.  

14 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and one year after the opening of the trial against former Serbian President Slobodan Milošević, the assassination of pro-democratic Prime Minister Ðindic plunges the country into chaos. A state of emergency is declared. Danica, a young reporter on the rise, tries to investigate the real story behind it. And even though it puts a crosshair on his back, police inspector Ljuba, who is tasked with finding Ðindic’s killer, is willing to help her. On the other side of the law, Uroš, a young petty criminal, is drawn into this deadly plot. He drove the getaway car for the killer, as he works for those who ordered the murder: the powerful and brutal Serbian Mafia. Now, those searching for his killer are becoming targets themselves. The closer they get to the truth, the more they become victims of the system they are trying to expose...

Goran Stanković (Morning Changes Everything, Bad Blood) and Vladimir Tagić (Children of Evil, Morning Changes Everything) created and directed Operation Sabre and wrote the scripts together with Dejan Prćić, Maja Pelević, and Marjan Alčevs. Acclaimed Serbian actor Dragan Mićanović (Debt to the Sea, Emergency Center) stars as Prime Minister Zoran Đinđić, next to Milica Gojkovic (Besa, Black Sun) as young journalist Danica. Police inspector Ljuba is played by Feđa Štukan (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, A Perfect Day), young criminal Uroš, portrayed by up-and-coming actor Lazar Tasić (Tunnel).

Operation Sabre is produced by This and That Productions (Snezana van Houwelingen) in co-production with Agitprop (Martichka Bozhilova) for Radio Television of Serbia. Beta Film handles international sales.