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.