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Eastern European crime series The Pleasure Principle enters post-production

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- Created by Dariusz Jabłoński, the series is the first-ever transnational TV production between Eastern European countries, while Germany’s Beta Film is on board as distributor and partner

Eastern European crime series The Pleasure Principle enters post-production
Polish actress Małgorzata Buczkowska in the upcoming crime-drama The Pleasure Principle (© Bartosz Mrozowski/Beta Film)

Polish director-producer Dariusz Jabłoński is readying his first TV project, a crime-thriller series entitled The Pleasure Principle. The series is the first transnational TV co-production between three Eastern European countries, and apart from Poland, the Czech Republic and Ukraine are also on board. After shooting in Warsaw, Prague and on the Black Sea coast, around Odessa, the ten-hour show is currently entering post-production.

The Pleasure Principle unfolds in the aforementioned Eastern European cities, where several body parts belonging to young females are found on the same day. Three different criminal investigators, one in each country, will head up the respective cases and will conclude that they are most likely connected. They will then have to put aside any differences they might have and collaborate on this cross-border inquiry. The trail leads to corrupt politicians, the insidious activities of businessmen, unethical lawyers, professional hitmen and vestiges of a common past. Even so, nothing is as it seems.

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According to Jabłoński, the series is a challenging project that he hopes will feel more like a ten-hour-long feature film. Written by Maciej MaciejewskiThe Pleasure Principle has recruited an international cast of popular actors, with Poland’s Małgorzata Buczkowska (Fugue [+see also:
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), Czech thesp Karel Roden (Little Crusader [+see also:
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) and Ukraine’s Sergey Strelnikov (Ekaterina) playing the leading roles. Stipe Erceg (The Edukators), Magdalena BoczarskaMiroslaw BakaAna GeislerovaMiroslaw Haniszewski and Robert Gonera flank them in the cast.

The Pleasure Principle is being produced by Apple Film Productions, the production company owned by Jabłoński and Izabela Wojcik, in co-production with Anna Limbach-Uryn, for Canal+ PolandKateřina Ondřejková, of Czech Television, and Vlad Riashyn, for Star Media Ukraine. Munich-based Beta Film, which regularly invests in Eastern European TV series, such as Agnieszka Holland’s Burning Bush [+see also:
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 and Ivan Zachariáš’s Wasteland, has acquired the international distribution rights and is also on board as a co-financing partner.

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