Start of shooting of the series "Wild Republic" at MMC Studios

Filming for the German drama-adventure series "Wild Republic" is currently starting in Cologne and the surrounding area and at MMC Studios.

The eight-part series celebrates its World premiere at the end of 2020 exclusively on MagentaTV. There it is published as MagentaTV Original. From end 2021 the series is available as a free TV premiere on ARTE, in which ARD and in the respective Media libraries of the stations to be seen.

Wild Republic" tells the story of a group of juvenile delinquents who have lost trust in the state and the justice system as a result of their personal experiences. After a tragic incident during a resocialization measure, they take refuge in the high Alps. Fighting against the forces of nature and their own aggressions, they form a new society - according to their own laws.

The series will produced by Lailaps Pictures (Nils Dünker), X Filme Creative Pool (Uwe Schott) and handwritten Pictures (Eric Bouley, Christopher Sassenrath) in co-production with Deutsche Telekom, ARTE, WDR, SWR and ONE.

It is sponsored by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, the FFF Bayern, the German Motion Picture Fund and the IDM Südtirol.

As an international partner Beta Film the World distribution.

Besides Verena Altenberger ("Polizeiruf 110"), Franz Hartwig ("The Passport") and Ulrich Tukur ("Tatort") features an exciting ensemble of young actors in the leading roles.

Among them are Emma Drogunova ("The tobacconist"), Merlin Rose ("A Gschicht über d'Lieb"), Rouven Israel ("Red Ribbon Club"), Béla Gábor Lenz ("We are the wave"), Maria Dragus ("Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots"), Camille Dombrowsky ("Lotta and the Beautiful Appearance"), Anand Batbileg ("Tschick"), Aaron Altaras ("Mario") and Luna Jordan ("Fox in the den").

Filmed The eight-part, 45-minute series will run from February to July 2020, starting in Cologne. There is a impressive set in the MMC Studios originated. Production Designer Claus Rudolf Amler ("The Dark Valley," "4 Blocks") has designed a unique studio set that will huge barren cave - the hiding place of the young people - shows on a large scale. The Set construction was released from the MMC Art Department performed.

In Cologne and surrounding area scenes in original motifs are also created. This is followed by shots in Bavaria and in the South Tyrolean Alps in impressive outdoor settings at over 2,100 meters.

Directed by Markus Gollerwho made a name for himself in the cinema with million-selling hits such as "Friendship" and "25 km/h", and Lennart Ruff, who won the 2014 Student Oscar for his film "Nobeco." The Scripts have been published by the authors Arne Nolting, Jan Martin Scharf ("Red Ribbon Club") and Klaus Wolfertstetter developed in cooperation with MagentaTV and the public service partners.

About Wild Republic
In the middle of the impassable landscape at the foot of the Alps: A group of young offenders is to be introduced to resocialization through an experiential education measure. The aim of the expedition, which lasts several weeks, is to promote a sense of community, solidarity and consideration for the individual.

Then it happens: A mountain guide and supervisor is found dead at night. No one knows what happened - accident or murder? The group panics and is faced with a difficult decision: Wait for the authorities, only to fall under suspicion themselves due to prejudice? Or flee and take fate into their own hands?

The young people have little in common, but one thing unites them: they have had bad experiences with the authorities and the justice system and have no confidence in a fair trial. Since they themselves do not know who the perpetrator is, they have only one choice: they flee in the only possible direction - further and higher into the Alpine massif. Their escape seems a hopeless endeavor until they come across a huge hidden cave that offers them shelter from wind, weather and their pursuers.

In this majestic place in the mountains and free from state sanctions, they decide to found a free republic with self-imposed rules and laws. Soon there are conspiracies and power games, the flat hierarchy gives way to a circle of decision-makers. And it is only a matter of time before the police task forces discover the hideout.

Photo: Emma Drogunova in the role of Kim. © WDR/Bernd Spauke, Lailaps Pictures GmbH / X Filme Creative Pool GmbH