Munich, 2 October 2006. This fall, the international sales company Beta Film is offering broadcasters from all over the world the possibility of "one-stop shopping." Beta's portfolio at the MipCom TV trade fair in Cannes comprises all genres and formats, and ranges from historical to contemporary topics. The new teamWorx/EOS event two-parter March of Millions (2 x 90') depicts the treks of refugees from East Prussia at the end of World War II. Grounding (1 x 100'), the year's most successful Swiss theatrical film, tells the story of the fall of Swissair. The perfume branch serves as the milieu of the ARD telenovela My Father's Secret (50 x 24'). The Italian event miniseries Black Arrow (6 x 90') is an adaptation of the celebrated novel of the same name by Robert Louis Stevenson, which has been transposed to the late Middle Ages. Iris Berben plays the lead in the thriller Six Days, a three-part mini-series produced on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the ZDF series. Border of Despair (2 x 90') is the new Veronica Ferres project about a mother fighting for her children. In the field of classical music, Beta presents Mozart22, the project of the century, the recording of all of Mozart's 22 works for the stage as presented at the Salzburg Festival 2006. MipCom will start next Monday in Cannes.
Maria Furtwängler ("Tatort") and Jean-Yves Berteloot ("Da Vinci Code") head the cast of the miniseries March of Millions. Filmed with a budget of 9 million euros, the program will be presented to an international audience for the first time at MipCom. Director Kai Wessel ("The Year of the First Kiss") tells the story of Countess Lena von Mahlenberg who, as the eastern front comes ever closer, decides to lead her family and all of her estate's dependents across the frozen lagoon towards the West in the winter of 1944/45. March of Millions is the latest project of teamWorx and EOS, who scored extraordinary international successes recently with "Dresden – The Inferno" and "Storm Tide!." In Germany, March of Millions will be televised by ARD.
"A rousing docu-thriller" exclaimed the Neue Zürcher Zeitung about Grounding, a production of the Swiss company C-Films. The drama of Swissair's dizzying tailspin into bankruptcy culminates in the historical grounding of the fleet on 2 October 2001, the day the carriers were forced to remain on the ground due to unpaid bills. The film also depicts the fates of thousands who, in the wake of the Swissair collapse, lost not only their jobs but also their faith in Switzerland.
At the center of the Studio Hamburg telenovela My Father's Secret is 27-year-old Jule, whose father suddenly disappears. She meets her first big love again during the investigations and comes across the trail of a family secret in which she herself plays the key role. From the Italian producer Rizzoli comes Black Arrow, a spectacular adventure, a passionate love story and a quest for justice in a time of tyranny. Based on a novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, who authored such immortal tales as "Treasure Island" and "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.", and directed by Fabrizio Costa ("The Czar's Emissary"), the epic stars Martina Stella ("Ocean's Twelve") and Riccardo Scamarcio ("The Scent of Blood") in the lead roles.
As investigator Rosa Roth, Iris Berben ("Cold Summer") finds herself in the center of a gigantic conspiracy in Six Days. She must save a kidnapped colleague and prevent a devastating terrorist attack while struggling against her own colleagues and the Secret Service. In further roles are Ulrich Tukur ("The Lives of Others," "Solaris") and Mario Adorf ("Rossini"). The producer is Moovie – the Art of Entertainment. In Border of Despair (Ufa Fernsehproduktion for ARD), Veronica Ferres ("Under the Dark Sun of Africa") plays a regime-critical East-German woman. Expelled to West Germany, she moves heaven and earth to get her children, who have been forcibly adopted by East-German foster parents, out of the GDR.
With Mozart22, Beta, Unitel/Classica and the Salzburg Festival present a unique project of staggering dimensions: the recording of the complete stage works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as presented at the 2006 Salzburg Festival. This one-of-a-kind undertaking makes it possible to follow the artistic development of the musical genius and his unmistakable idiom in a thorough and comprehensive manner. In addition to the 51 hours of opera recordings in Dolby Surround and High Definition, Beta also offers 20 one-hour documentaries featuring interviews with the artists and commentaries.