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SundanceTV Seeks Global Domination By Airing German-Language Period Drama

SundanceTV Seeks Global Domination By Airing German-Language Period Drama

SundanceTV has partnered with FreemantleMedia International to co-produce “Deutschland 83” with UFA Fiction. Created by Anna and Joerg Winger, the eight-part period drama will become the first ever original German-language drama to air in the United States.

“‘Deutschland 83’ is a fresh and heart pounding thriller set against the remarkable political backdrop of 1980s East and West Germany,” SundanceTV President Sarah Barnett said in a release. “It’s evocative and emotional and we are delighted to be collaborating on a show of such daring and originality.”

Described as a “gripping coming-of-age story set against the real culture wars and political events of Germany in the 1980s,” the new series will mark just the latest foreign-language series to air on SundanceTV: The network previously broadcast the 2013 series “The Returned,” a critically acclaimed French supernatural thriller, and last year’s “One Child,” a two-part miniseries (that received mixed reviews), featuring British characters but set largely in China. Netflix is also working on its own foreign language series to air in the U.S. — the French political thriller “Marseille” — and Indiewire reported on the recent spike in TV’s international flavor just last week.

There’s no word yet on when American audiences can expect to see the new series, but attendees of the Berlin International Film Festival can experience the series premiere event today

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