Drugi plan and Beta Film announce Amnesia, starring Tihana Lazović
- The Croatian and German companies are partnering on a six-part drama series about refugee and drug trafficking on the border of Southeast Europe
Croatian outfit Drugi plan, which produced HBO Adria's first local-language series, Success, directed by Danis Tanović, and whose hit political drama series The Paper, directed by Dalibor Matanić, was the first show from the region to be picked up by Netflix, has announced that it is partnering with German distribution powerhouse Beta Film on a new show titled Amnesia.
The six-part show will feature Success and The High Sun [+see also:
interview: Dalibor Matanic
interview: Tihana Lazovic
film profile] star Tihana Lazović and The Paper's Branka Katić and Aleksandar Cvjetković, and will be directed by experienced helmer Goran Gajić, who worked on two episodes of Oz in the early 2000s and numerous regional shows, including the hit series Vratiće se rode.
The story will open with the 17-year-old son of a former mayor waking up from a coma after a brutal beating to find he can’t remember who attacked him. This triggers the unveiling of a series of dark secrets in the small Croatian border town, where the local authorities are profiting from trafficking both drugs and refugees from the South of Europe, the Middle East and Africa to Austria and Germany.
The drama is slated to shoot next March in the Plitvice Lakes National Park, the actual route used by many refugees who are fleeing Syria and other war-torn regions.
“The story focuses on a community still scarred by the recent war and the resulting forced population shifts,” says Gajić. “Human trafficking and drugs are the main sources of income, mostly for a chosen few. With a bleak and claustrophobic future, the only way to survive is to forget. Everything. Amnesia.”
Beta Film's managing director, Moritz von Kruedener, says: “The cooperation on Amnesia is another example of the widening business co-operation with Eastern European partners. Over the last few years, we have built up an impressive portfolio, joining forces with HBO Europe on Agnieszka Holland’s award-festooned Burning Bush [+see also:
film profile] as well as on Wasteland, and with Robert Dornhelm on Maria Theresa and Dariusz Jablonski on The Pleasure Principle, the first co-production between Poland, the Czech Republic and Ukraine.”
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