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PRODUCTION / FUNDING Germany

Shooting for the series Neuland by Jens Wischnewski starts in Hamburg

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- German TV channel ZDF is producing this social-drama mini-series, consisting of six episodes based on the scripts by award-winning author Orkun Ertener

Shooting for the series Neuland by Jens Wischnewski starts in Hamburg
l-r: Anneke Kim Sarnau, Mina Tander, Franziska Hartmann and Peri Baumeister on the set of Neuland (© ZDF/Georges Pauly)

The shoot for the mini-series Neuland (lit. “New Land”), produced by ZDF, has started in Hamburg and the surrounding area. Based on screenplays by German author Orkun Ertener, the six-episode series tells the story of a young single mother of two children, who disappears all of a sudden. It is a social drama directed by Jens Wischnewski, whose first feature, What's Left of My Life, won several awards in 2017, such as the Max Ophüls Prize.

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Among the mainly female cast of the series are Inka Birkenfeld and Franziska Hartmann (Stars Above Us [+see also:
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, A Winter's Tale [+see also:
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). While Brinkfeld plays the role of young mother Alexandra, Hartmann breathes life into the protagonist’s sister, Karen, who has to take care of her nieces during their mother’s absence. In order to do this, she has to call a halt to her mission as a soldier in the German army and comes back to her childhood house after years away.

The series deals with topics such as family bonds, trauma from the past and the dynamics among the inhabitants of a small and seemingly idyllic village. The main actors are flanked by Lene Oderich (Mountain Miracle – An Unexpected Friendship [+see also:
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), Aennie Lade, Mina Tander (Rocca Changes the World [+see also:
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), Peri Baumeister (Peitruss [+see also:
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), Anneke Kim Sarnau (Precious Ivie [+see also:
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), Serkan Kaya (Planet Ottakring [+see also:
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), Godehard Giese (No One's With the Calves [+see also:
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) and Christian Erdmann.

The series is a co-production between Gemany’s ZDF and Odeon Fiction GmbH in Cologne. Principal photography is scheduled to wrap at the end of October.

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