Cannes, 17 October 2005. Beta Film has sold the extraordinary event-mini series Dresden - The Inferno to France and Italy. "Canal + and RAI were so convinced of the quality and the huge emotional value of Dresden - The Inferno that they closed the deal even before the movie is finished", says Beta manager Dirk Schuerhoff on Monday in Cannes. "We expect to finalize negotiations with partners of several other countries during this Mip". Dresden - The Inferno, produced by Germany's teamWorx and EOS, is still in post-production and will be delivered early next year. It will be the big highlight at this year's MipCom Beta Brunch on Tuesday, 12.30 pm, at the Hotel Majestic.
With a budget of ten million euros, the two part mini-series is one of the biggest and most lavish German TV-productions ever. Director Roland Suso Richter ("The Tunnel", "Under the Dark Sky of Africa") tells the love story of the German nurse Anna (Felicitas Woll) and the British bomber pilot Robert (John Light) which is set against the background of the Allied bombing of the Elbe metropolis in February 1945, just a few weeks before the end of the war. Dresden-producer Nico Hofmann underlines the historical accuracy of the project: "Dresden is the first film about the destruction of the city, which takes into account both the German and British perspectives". Dresden - The Inferno will be aired in March 2006 at the ZDF.