Wednesday, October 14, 2020

HOLLYWOOD SPY'S GUIDE THROUGH CANNES SERIES & MIPCOM 2020 PERIOD SET PROJECTS: LOUIS VAN BEETHOVEN, TELL ME WHO I AM, LABYRINTH OF PEACE, SHADOWPLAY, WILD REPUBLIC, BAUHAUS A NEW ERA

 MIPCOM/CANNES SERIES 2020
LOUIS VAN BEETHOVEN
Launching the beginning of October are Cannes Series and Mipcom, two events where production houses offer their projects to buyers. Here's our guide through period set selection this year, starting with LOUIS VAN BEETHOVEN 1779. Eight year old Ludwig van Beethoven is already known as a musical prodigy. He learns to go his own way much to the dismay of the people around him. Some years later, he meets Mozart during times of political upheaval. The unconventional genius and French Revolution are sparking a fire in Louis' heart; he doesn't want to serve a master – only the arts! Facing times of family tragedies and unrequited love, he almost gives up. However, Louis makes it to Vienna to study under Haydn in 1792, and the rest is history. Who was this man, whose music has since touched countless hearts and minds? At the end of his life, the master is isolated by loss of loved ones and hearing. Surely though, he was way ahead of his times! Tobias Moretti leads the two hour movie.

TELL ME WHO I AM
Is a nine episode series based on the global bestseller “Dime Quién Soy” by Julia Navarro with more than a million copies sold in 18 countries. Madrid,1998. A man by the name of Albert James leaves a thick biography on
Irene Escolar leads the cast of the series
the desk of Javier, a successful publisher. It is the story of Javier's mother he never knew, Amelia Garayoa. Before fate can finally reunite mother and son, Amelia will have taken a long journey, starting in tumultuous Madrid of 1934. First forced into marriage, then with her newborn baby taken from her, well-off Amelia meets Pierre, a charismatic young French journalist and revolutionary whom Amelia accompanies to Buenos Aires out of love and sheer lust for adventure. There, opera diva Carla Alessandrini takes Amelia under her wing, becoming the young Spanish woman's surrogate mother and best friend. Amelia's lifelong personal, romantic and political journey as a spy for a noble cause eventually takes her full circle, back home to Madrid – but not before life-changing experiences every step of the way in Moscow, London, Rome, Paris and Berlin. 
 
LABYRINTH OF PEACE
Is a six episode high-budget portrait of an industrial family dynasty. Inspired by true yet little-known events in post WWII Switzerland. 1945. War is over. Switzerland, the neutral small country at the heart of Europe, was
Max Hubacher leads the cast of the series
all but spared: Klara, her fiancé Johann and his brother Egon are looking bright eyed into the future. While Klara tries to mend the wounds of the war by caring for young, displaced holocaust survivors, Johann, who works for her industrialist father, hopes to save and modernize his father in law's well established, yet troubled textile company. Just home from military service, Egon takes his first steps in the Attorney General's office. His mission: to hunt down escaped Nazis. All three of them soon realize that the façade of peace is bought with the blood of the victims of war. Johann's professional ambitions bring him closer to those who committed unspeakable war crimes. Klara risks her marriage while growing ever closer to Herschel, one of the survivors, who are all met with distrust by the locals. And Egon finds himself caught in a system that willingly turns a blind eye towards Nazi criminals for the sake of profit! 

WILD REPUBLIC
Is an eight episode thrilling story of nine juvenile outsiders. In the midst of the impassable landscape at the foot of the Alps, a young group of seriousoffenders is undergoing an experiential educational program intended
Merlin Rose leads the cast of the series
to rehabilitate them. All of a sudden, a member of the program dies a violent death. Nobody knows exactly what happened, and the youths face a difficult decision. Should they wait for the authorities to recover the body and investigate the crime? Or, escape and take their fate into their own hands? The group doesn't have much in common with each other, though one thing unites them; all of them have had really bad experiences with the authorities and don‘t expect to be treated fairly. Since they don't know who the perpetrator is, they only have one option: to run. Up the mountains, up the highest peaks of the Alps. It seems hopeless until they stumble onto a complex cave system where they can find shelter from wind, weather, and their pursuers – and form their own state.

BAUHAUS A NEW ERA
Is a six hour series set in 1919: Doerte Helm joins Walter Gropius at the newly founded Bauhaus. As she becomes a student and part of the movement that challenges not only artistic conceptions, but societal structures as well,she and Walter fall in love while fighting for the school that is threatened to be dissolved by conservative forces. WWI has just ended; the old imperial
Bauhas has been sold to Russia, Spain, Latin America
empires have collapsed. With the old ways bringing nothing but destruction, Europe is swept up in a wave of modern ideas. During this age of turmoil, a young woman named Doerte Helm is studying arts. When she hears Walter Gropius' first speech about a new era at the newly founded Bauhaus school, she follows his call. His innovative approach is too provocative for many but exciting to Doerte. Like so many others, she becomes a true disciple of the new movement – but something more to Gropius as they begin to fall in love. They are young, resilient and radical. The school becomes a breeding ground for modernity, jazz, innovative architecture – and feminism. But while at the Bauhaus a new form of life evolves, and with it new hopes, inflation leaves many hungry and worried about the future. As Gropius proposes to Doerte, it just adds fuel to the fire that is the ensuing scandal threatens the very existence of the Bauhaus; the school of art that would go on to shape the 20th century like no other

SHADOWPLAY
Is an eight episode series starring Taylor Kitsch as Max McLaughlin  an American cop who arrives in Berlin in the summer of 1946 to help create a police force in the chaotic aftermath of the war. Max’s goal is to take down
The series will air on ZDF in Germany, Canal + in France
“Engelmacher” Gladow, the Capone of post-war Berlin. At the same time, Max undertakes a secret crusade to find his missing brother, who is killing ex-Nazis in hiding. Unbeknownst to Max, he is being used as a pawn in what is the actual beginning of the Cold War.

6 comments:

  1. These all look great, although I’m most excited for Beethoven! My piano instructor used to tell me crazy tales about different composers and I would love to see some played out. Wild Republic is the only one I’d choose to skip.

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    1. I'm actually excited about Wild Republic, I do ever so love me apocalypse, I feel like I'm preparing for real life when watching such programmes :)

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  2. So many good ones to chose from today. Shadowplay and Labyrinth of Peace I'm sure Jason will like. Beethoven is one I'll be looking forward to.

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    1. Hope we get a trailer and poster for Shadowplay soon!

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  3. Dying to see Shadowplay. Wonder if Netflix will buy it.

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    1. So far I know it will air on ZDF in Germany and on Canal + in France.

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