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.