Articles about Beta Film
The Swarm is the eagerly anticipated big-budget adaptation of Frank Schätzing’s ecological disaster novel. DQ buzzes around production designer Julian Wagner, director Barbara Eder and VFX supervisor Jan Stoltz to hear about filming in Italy, shooting in water tanks and creating a pod of sleeping whales.
Inspired by true events, El Inmortal (The Immortal) charts one man’s criminal reign across Europe. Creator/producer José Manuel Lorenzo and the cast tell DQ about dramatising the story, overcoming the pandemic and recreating 1990s Spain.
Olena Lavrenyuk, the star and producer of Ukrainian series Cardamom Coffee, tells DQ about making this historical drama, creating its authentic costumes and embodying a young woman struck by forbidden love.
Writers Florence Longpré, Guillaume Lambert and director Guillaume Lonergan discuss their collaboration on Quebecois comedy-drama Audrey est revenue (Audrey’s Back), in which a teenage girl wakes up from a 16-year coma.
Journey to the Promised Land
Producer Jochen Laube and director Rick Ostermann discuss their journey making The Net – Promised Land, the second entry in an interconnected series of international stories delving into the murky waters of professional football.
Completing The Shift
Danish director Lone Scherfig tells DQ how she delivered medical drama Ellas Vagt (The Shift), in which Sofie Gråbøl stars as the head of a busy maternity unit.
Breaking the Silence
Director Dalibor Matanić and actor Kseniia Mishina talk to DQ about Šutnja (The Silence), a crime drama based on real events and set between Croatia and Ukraine.
Room with a view
Matt Baker, the writer behind BritBox series Hotel Portofino, tells DQ about the inspiration behind this picturesque period drama set on the Italian Riviera and discusses the value of remaking European dramas.
Danish star Sofie Gråbøl tells DQ about her latest role, as a midwife in drama The Shift, and reflects on her time starring in Forbrydelsen (The Killing) on the 15th anniversary of the crime drama’s debut.
Top of the league
Writer Martin Ambrosch and director Andreas Prochaska take DQ into the world of The Net – Prometheus, the first in a proposed series of multi-language, interconnected stories set in the arena of international football.
The Net, a series of four interconnected stories that unfold in different countries and in different languages, is set to take viewers inside the world of football corruption. DQ finds out more.
Seeing Sisi in a new light
Sisi showrunner Andreas Gutzeit, director Sven Bohse and executive producer Hauke Barthel tell DQ about their ambitions to retell “Europe’s greatest love story” for modern audiences.
Raising La Fortuna
Award-winning director Alejandro Amenábar tells DQ about making his first television series, La Fortuna, in which a battle wages on land for the spoils of a centuries-old shipwreck discovered in waters off the coast of Spain.
Stuff of legend
Land of Legends producer Darya Lavrova and director Anton Megerdichev take DQ inside the making of this Russian series that combines historical drama with fantasy.
Wild Republic star Emma Drogunova and director Markus Goller share stories of acting boot camps and filming in the Alps for the German drama, in which a group of young offenders escape into the wilderness in the wake of a mysterious death.
Director Enrique Urbizu and star Bebe travel back in time for Spanish series Libertad, which follows a recently released prisoner and her son as they seek their freedom amid a battle between gunmen and bandits.
Jakob M Erwa and Florian Kamhuber, creators of German drama Katakomben (Echos), take DQ inside the making of this coming-of-age series that tackles themes of class, wealth and privilege beneath the streets of Munich.
True to life
In Los Espabilados (Alive & Kicking), the latest series from Albert Espinosa, four teenagers are pursued by a detective after they escape from a psychiatric institution. DQ chats to the prolific Spanish writer about why he continues to mine his own experiences for television.
257 Reasons to Live stars Polina Maksimova and Egor Koreshkov and creator Alexey Lyapichev tell DQ about this Russian dramedy in which a terminal cancer patient looks to complete her extensive bucket list.
Based on real events, Russian thriller Pereval Dyatlova (Dead Mountain: The Dyatlov Pass Incident) posits what happened when nine students set out on a ski trek in 1959 and were never seen again.