Bonn high-end historical series now in post-production

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– The German show, directed by Claudia Garde, deals with a little-known part of German history during the post-WWII years

Mercedes Müller and Sebastian Blomberg in Bonn

The series Bonndirected by award-winning director Claudia Guardand counting six episodes of one hour each, was filmed in the summer of 2021, is currently in post-production and should be released this summer this year.

German public broadcaster WDR has commissioned the production of the drama series, which is based on historical background. Claudia Garde not only directed the six episodes of Bonnbut also wrote the screenplay, following an original idea by Gerrit Hermans. To do this, she was assisted by two additional writers, Martin Rehbock (About a girl [+see also:
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Garde works mainly on television production. In her last 20 years of cinema, she has won several awards and is best known for her contribution to the famous detective series Tatort as well as for the psychological television drama Die Frau am Ende der Straße, with Maren Eggert. For its literary adaptation The Nebelhaus and its drama Eine gute Muttershe received the Bavarian Film Award for Best Director.

Bonn is inspired by real historical events. The title of the series refers to the German city that was the capital of West Germany before the country’s reunification in 1989. It was here, in the 1950s, that two German secret services held their meetings, namely the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution and the Gehlen Organization, in which former Nazis fought for more influence behind the scenes and for the mobilization of a secret army as a bulwark against the Russians . German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer is believed to have been aware of the latter’s existence, and to have facilitated the integration of its members into the new Germany by keeping the process secret. This is a chapter and a reality of German history that has been little discussed so far.

Set in 1954, the plot of the series focuses on the adventures of a young woman called Toni Schmidt. She returns to her family after spending some time abroad and finds a surprising idyll shaped by the well-being generated by the German economic miracle that occurred during those years. Toni gets a job as a foreign language secretary at the Gehlen organization. After a while, she is approached by the director of the other competing secret service, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, who believes that several members of the Gehlen organization are war criminals. He wants her to be a double agent and help track them down.

Mercedes Muller (Freud, what could have been [+see also:
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, A hidden life [+see also:
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), Sebastien Blomberg (curve ball [+see also:
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), Max Riemelt (Talking about the weather [+see also:
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), Johanna Gastdorf (Class Reunion 2.0 – Marriage [+see also:
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) and Inga Busch (Crazy years [+see also:
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).

Bonn is produced by Odeon Fiction, a LEONINE Studios company, in co-production with broadcaster WDR. It was financed by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, the FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, the German Motion Picture Fund (GMPF) and the Czech Film Fund. LEONINE will be in charge of its worldwide distribution.

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