Full House for Serial Germany – Neue Deutsche Serien

Serial Eyes co-hosted ‘Serial Germany: Neue Deutsche Serien’ with DFFB and Filmnetzwerk Berlin. From 10-12 November, we welcomed series fans at the Filmhaus for a three-day symposium dedicated to new German serial productions. The programme opened with the screening of episodes 1 and 2 of the acclaimed series Babylon Berlin, followed by a panel discussion with production designer Uli Hanisch and director Henk Handloegten.
Saturday morning started off with Das Verschwinden, the ARD thriller mini-series about the disappearance of a young woman in a small village in Bavaria. The screening was followed by a discussion with lead actress Julia Jentsch and writer/director Hans-Christian Schmid, moderated by Christoph Hochhäusler, the Head of DFFB’s Directing Program. The second part of that day focused on a show all of us at Serial Eyes know very well: Four Blocks. After the screening, Serial Eyes alumna Anne-Marie Angelo (SE 2015/16) and DFFB alumnus Till Kleinert interviewed the writers, Hanno Hackfort, Bob Konrad and Richard Kropf about the challenges of creating danger. On the final day of the symposium the audience was treated to a never-before-seen 20-minute sneak peek of the upcoming Bad Banks’ pilot. Directed by Christian Schwochow and written by Oliver Kienle, Jan Galli and Jana Burbach, the ZDF/Arte series is set in the world of investment finance and will premiere in March 2018. Serial Eyes Head Benjamin Harris interviewed the director and writers on the challenges of researching and creating such a specific universe. A screening of Jan Bonny’s TV movie Über Barbarossaplatz closed out the three-day event.
A big thank you to the panelists, moderators, and our institutional partners Arsenal—Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V. and Deutsche Kinemathek—Museum für Film und Fernsehen for their support.