Max explores The Easterngate

Max explores The Easterngate

By Michael Pickard
May 7, 2024


Lena Góra will star in The Easterngate, the first Polish original series commissioned by streamer Max.

Production began in March on the suspense thriller, which delves into the world of modern espionage during an emerging conflict and international unrest. It paints a vivid picture of the clandestine world while also exploring the personal struggles of an individual caught in the web of the secret service.

It follows the journey of Ewa Oginiec (Góra), who, after a personal drama, aims to exit the secret service and start over. Things take a twist when her partner, also an agent, gets outed by Russian intelligence and vanishes mysteriously.

The series explores the mechanism of provocation on the global stage, with Russian war manoeuvres on NATO’s eastern flank, as well as the high stakes-battle between intelligence agencies in a world gripped by the complexities of hybrid warfare.

The series title refers to the Suwałki Gap, which is a critical spot along the border between Poland and Lithuania, both NATO member states, as well as Belarus and Russia (including the Kaliningrad Oblast, which is a separate exclave from the main Russian territory). The Suwałki Gap is widely recognised as one of Europe’s top three hotspots, a critical territory for protecting NATO’s eastern flank and maintaining regional stability.

The narrative unfolds during the spring of 2021 – in Belarus (Minsk), Poland, and Russia.

The series is directed by Jan P Matuszyński.

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