‘The Fear Index’ by Josh Hartnett, ‘False Flag’ S3: Berlinale Series


“The Fear Index,” starring Josh Hartnett, and the third season of the iconic Israeli series “False Flag” will both screen at Berlinale Series Market Selects, the lineup for which was revealed on Tuesday.

The latest from “The Crown” producers Left Bank Pictures, Sky Original “The Fear Index” is billed as a fast-paced, gripping Frankenstein-style parable about the dangers of AI. Based on the Robert Harris novel of the same title, its international sales will be handled by NBCUniversal Global Distribution.

Sold by Keshet International, “False Flag” is one of the landmark titles that turned the Israeli series into a global brand, with Fox International winning the world in the first season at Mipcom 2015 in its first global acquisition of a series in a foreign language.

The third season marks the return of the two creators of the original series, Maria Feldman (“Fauda”, “No Man’s Land”) and Amit Cohen (“No Man’s Land, “Valley of Tears”), in a tale that seems ready to weaving the same web of distrust, deception and twists and turns as the first two seasons.

The Berlin Series Market conference program will open with a session, Mission Europe: How Local Markets Muscle Up, co-hosted by Film-und Medienstiftung NRW, which will delve into the different perspectives of streamers, local TV channels as well as producers regarding European Streaming Business Strategies.

Panels include a conversation with The Mediapro Studio’s Daniel Burman, a showrunner on the Argentinian spy thriller “Yosi, the Regrettable Spy,” which opens this year’s Berlinale series, which is part of the Festival’s lineup.

Denmark’s Lone Scherfig (“An Education,” “Their Finest”), whose maternity set “The Shift” plays in the Berlinale Series, will be the subject of a second Film to Series conversation about her career path as a director to series -manufacturer.

Praised by EFM director Dennis Ruh for its “very international and varied selection this year”, the 2022 Berlinale Series Market Selects strand does nothing to refute claims that, beyond the ever-reliable Scandinavia, some of Europe’s most intriguing high-end dramas these days are now on its fringes, whether in Eastern Europe or Portugal, as top local companies – Firefly, Drugi Plan, SPi – fight to launch the production of international premium series on their territories.

The Berlinale Market Series 2022 selects the lineup:

“Black Wedding” (“Crna Svadba”, Serbia)

Creators: Nemanja Ćipranić, Strahinja Madžarević

Showrunner: Ivana Mikovic

Director: Nemanja Cipranić

With: Uliks Fehmiu, Jelena Djokic, Nikola Kojo

Production Company: Firefly Productions

Broadcasters: Superstar TV, Radio Television of Serbia

Global Sales: Firefly International

Investigating a bloody massacre in eastern Serbia, intelligence agent Petar becomes entangled in the ancient conflict between the forces of good and evil. Seemingly crazy, very brutal and definitely a series to follow.

“Diana Boss”, (France)

Creator: Marion Seclin

Showrunners: Marion Seclin, Niels Rahou

Director: Niels Rahou

With: Moon A, Tokou, Ilan Bergala

Production company: La Belle Télé

Broadcaster: France TV Slash

Worldwide Sales: France TV Distribution

The latest from actress-director Seclin and a fun TV Slash moment featuring Malika, a law firm intern by day and rapper Diana Boss by night, in both roles fighting injustice,

“We are divided” (“ZERV”, Germany)

Producers: Gabriela Sperl, Quirin Berg, Max Wiedemann, Miriam Klein (EP)

Screenwriters: Jens Köster, Kim Zimmermann, Gabriela Sperl, Michael Klette

Director: Dustin Loose with Nadja Uhl, Fabian Hinrichs, Max Hubacher

Production companies: Gabriela Sperl Produktion for W&B Television in collaboration with Wilma Film for ARD, MDR and ARD Degeto for Das Erste

Broadcaster: ARD, MDR, Das Erste

Global Sales: Beta Movie

From acclaimed German producer Sperl (“Flight,” “Wirecard – The Billion Euro Lie”) and German heavyweight W&B (“The Lives of Others”), a crime thriller set in 1991 about two Central Intelligence Agency agents. German investigation, one from the East, another from the West, investigating a cross-border criminal conspiracy.

“False Flag”, Season 3 (“Kfulim”, season 3, Israel)

Creators: Maria Feldman, Leora Kamenetzky, Amit Cohen

Director: Oded Raz

With: Miki Leon, Tali Sharon, Lena Fraifeld

Production Company: Spiro Films

Broadcaster: Keshet 12

Global Sales: Keshet International

Following a suspected chemical attack at a party for an Israeli tech company in Cyprus, Eitan Koppel flies in to investigate. Sophisticated software quickly identifies three suspects who all have something to hide, but is the data reliable?

“The Fear Index” (UK)

Screenwriters: Paul Andrew Williams, Caroline Bartleet

Director: David Cafrey

With: Josh Hartnett, Arsher Ali, Leila Farzad

Production companies: Left Bank Pictures in association with Sky Studios

Broadcaster: Sky World

Sales: NBCUniversal Worldwide Distribution

One of the biggest commercial pieces of the whole selection, starring ‘Penny Dreadful’ actor Josh Hartnett in Sky’s original thriller series and anti-AI parable ‘The Fear Index’, based on the hit novel by Robert Harris (“Fatherland”).

“Fredlos”, (Denmark)

Creators: Malthe Jagd Miehe-Renard, Babak Vakili

Director: Laurits Flensted-Jensen

With: Besir Zeciri, Maria Cordsen, Afshin Firouzi

Production companies: Strong Productions, Splay One

Distributor: DR

Global Sales: DR Sales

Mohammed’s life goes into a downward spiral after he is remanded in custody for armed robbery. From Fremantle’s Strong Productions, with a seemingly terrific performance from Chef Zeciri.

“Identification,” (“Identifikaciya”, Russia

Creators: Vladlena Sandu, Nikita Ikonnikov

Showrunners: Valeriy Fedorovich, Evgeniy Nikishov

Director: Vladlena Sandu

With: Lena Tronina, Polina Kutepova, Roman Vasilev

Production company: 1-2-3 Production

Broadcaster: Premier

Worldwide sales: production 1-2-3

Valeria, an orphan converted to Islam and living in a local immigrant community, becomes the prime suspect in a murder at her own wedding.

“Harmonica,” (Sweden)

Creators: Josephine Bornebusch, Jonas Karlsson

Director: Bornebusch

With: Bornebusch, Karlsson, Eric Ericson

Production Company: Warner Bros. International Television Production Sweden

Broadcaster: Viaplay

Global Sales: Nordic Entertainment Group

A buzzing high-flying Warner Bros. title. in Sweden and Bornebush, creator of the Viaplay hit “Love Me”. “Harmonica” follows Bornesbush and Karlsson as a once huge “Abba” band and couple who played huge stadiums. 16 years later, their wedding on the rocks, they are forced to take a nostalgic comeback tour.

“Oh the hell,” (Germany)

Creator: Johannes Boss

Showrunner: Simon Ostermann

Directors: Simon Ostermann, Lisa Miller

With: Mala Emde, Edin Hasanovic, Salka Weber

Production company: Good Friends Filmproduktions GmbH

Broadcaster: Magenta TV, Warner TV Comedy

Worldwide Sales: Warner TV International

Emde (“My Daughter, Anne Frank”) plays 24-year-old Hélène, a soulful dreamer whose real life is a bathtime mess, until she meets a man who seems to understand her. Made for Deutsche Telekom’s Magenta TV and Warner TV Comedy, an original comedy from Beta Film’s Good Friends Filmproduktion, which scored with the groundbreaking TNT series “Arthur’s Law”.

“Recipes for Love and Murder”, (South Africa)

Creators: Karen Jeynes, based on a novel by Sally Andrew

Showrunner: Thierry Cassuto

Directors: Christiaan Olwagen, Karen Jeynes

With: Maria Doyle Kennedy, Tony Kgoroge, Kylie Fisher

Production Company: The Two Worlds

Broadcaster: MNET, Acorn TV

Global Sales: Global Screen

A serial murder mystery set in a small town in South Africa’s Karoo region, from South African network M-Net, AMC-owned streamer Acorn TV, Cape Town’s Both Worlds Pictures and the German sale Global Screen

“The silence,” (“Šutnja”, Croatia, Ukraine)

Creators: Marjan Alcevski, Miodrag Sila, Nebojsa Taraba, Dalibor Matanić

Showrunners: Miodrag Sila, Nebojsa Taraba

Director: Dalibor Matanic

With: Seniya Mishina, Goran Bogdan, Darko Milas

Production companies: Drugi Plan and HRT in co-production with Beta Film, Star Media, OLL.TV and ZDF/ARTE

Broadcaster: HRT, OLL.TV

Global Sales: Beta Movie

Lead produced by Croatia’s Drugi Plan, behind HBO Europe’s first original “Success” hit on HBO Adria, a slice of Eastern European noir with a detective and a reporter uncovering a drug trafficking ring. minor human beings.

“Storm Lara”,(Belgium)

Creator: Daan Gielis

Director: Kadir Ferati Balci

With: Ella Leyers, Wouter Hendrickx, Anemone Valcke

Production Company: A Private View

Broadcaster: Streamz World

Sales: Keshet International

Radio host Lara gets caught in a cat-and-mouse game with a correspondent from her show who threatens to kill himself. Created by Gielis whose first feature “La Holandesa” was screened at the Toronto Film Festival.

“Trom”, (Denmark, Faroe Islands)

Creator: Torfinnur Jakupsson

Showrunner: Torfinnur Jakupsson

Directed by: Kasper Barfoed, Davið Óskar Ólafsson, Peter Ahlén (co-director)

With: Ulrich Thomsen, Maria Rich, Olaf Johannessen

Production companies: REinvent Studios, KYK Pictures

Broadcaster: Viaplay, DR

Global Sales: REinventing International Sales

One of the most anticipated Scandinavian plays of the year, a detective series set on the spectacular volcanic Faroe Islands, starring Ulrich Thomsen (“The New Pope”), backed by Viaplay, ZDF and Arte, and produced and sold by REinvent Studios.

“Vanda”, (Portugal)

Creator: Patricia Muller

Screenwriters: Patricia Muller, Carmen Jimenez

Director: Simão Cayatte

with Gabriela Barros, João Baptista, Joana de Verona

Production companies: SPi, SA; Legendary television; Panda Productions

Broadcaster: OPTO SIC (Portugal)

Worldwide Sales: Legendary Television

Produced by the Portuguese company SPi, behind the first Portuguese original series of Netflix “Gloria”, and co-producer of “Dry Water”, and made in co-production with Legendary Pictures. Based on the true story of a woman who, alone, broke and with two children, sets out to rob banks with a blonde wig and a toy gun.

“A Woman’s Destiny” (Brazil)

Creators: Adriana Falcão, Jô Abdu, Martha Mendonça, Nelito Fernandes

Director: Leonardo Nogueira

With: Renata Sorrah, Giovanna Antonelli, Vanessa Giacomo

Production company: Globo

Broadcaster: Globoplay

Global Sales: Globo

Drawing a clear line with the Globo banner titles from “Aruanas” to “A Mother’s Love,” a 12-episode series featuring three women who finally take control of their lives.


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