Dark Woods (Das Geheimnis des Totenwaldes)

Event: 2., 5. & 9.12.20 | 8:15 pm | Das Erste

In the summer of 1989, Barbara Neder (Silke Bodenbender), the sister of high-ranking Hamburg police officer Thomas Bethge (Matthias Brandt), disappears without a trace from her house. Shortly before two couples had been cruelly murdered in nearby woodlands.  Artist Hans Lingner is quickly under suspicion – he lives on the edge of the forest and is a gun enthusiast. The links between the earlier murder cases and the “Killer Forest” and Barbara’s disappearance are not initially picked up by the investigators.  Instead the police begin to suspect Barbara’s husband Robert (Nicholas Ofczarek) who was in the process of divorcing his wife. Their daughter Theresa suffers greatly from her mother’s disappearance and the suspicions surrounding her father, making her too believe her father may be her mother’s murderer.

Meanwhile, the brother of the missing woman – Head of the Hamburg State Office of Criminal Investigation – Bethge – faces the most difficult task of this life because as a Hamburg police officer he is not permitted to investigate a crime in Lower Saxony. He then seeks support from his colleagues Anne Bach (Karoline Schuch) and Frank Behringer (Andreas Lust). Bethge’s quest for justice continues long after his retirement as he and his team eventually, through painstaking and meticulous research, finally get on the track of a suspected serial killer.

Picture: Christiane Pausch

TV-Quote Teil 1: Primetime Sieger mit 20,5% | 6,55 Mio. Zuschauer

TV-Quote Teil 2: Primetime Sieger mit 16,9% | 5,37 Mio. Zuschauer

TV-Quote Teil 3: Primetime Sieger mit 16,2% | 5,30 Mio. Zuschauer

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Awards

2021 Karoline Schuch "Bavarian TV Award" - category "Best Actress"
2021 Nomination "DAfF-Preis" - category "Best Lead Actor" Matthias Brandt
2021 Nomination "DAfF-Preis" - category "Best Director" Sven Bohse
2021 Nomination "DAfF-Preis" - category "Best Screenplay" Stefan Kolditz
2021 Nomination "DAfF-Preis" - category "Best DOP" Michael Schreitel
2021 Nomination "DAfF-Preis" - category "Best Editors" Julia Karg & Kai Minierski
2021 Nomination "DAfF-Preis" - category "Beste Costume Design" Maria Schicker
2021 Nomination "DAfF-Preis" - category "Best Make-Up" Jeanette Latzelsberger & Gregor Eckstein
2021 Nomination "DAfF-Preis" - category "Best Executive Producers" Marc Conrad, Maren Knieling & Jan S. Kaiser
2021 Nomination Seoul International Drama Awards - category "Best Mini-Series"
2021 Deutscher Fernsehpreis - category "Best Design" Oliver Hoese (Production Design), Maria Schicker (Costume Design), Jeanette Latzelsberger & Gregor Eckstein (Make-Up)
2021 Nomination "Deutscher Fernsehpreis" - category "Best Screenplay" Stefan Kolditz
2021 Nomination "Deutscher Fernsehpreis" - category "Best Leading Actor" Matthias Brandt
2021 Nomination "Deutscher Fernsehpreis" - category "Best Mini-Series"
2021 Nomination Matthias Brandt "Deutscher Schauspielpreis" - category "Best Leading Actor"
2021 Nomination Mirco Kreibich "Deutscher Schauspielpreis" - category "Best Supporting Actor"
2021 Nomination "Deutsches FernsehKrimi­-Festival" - category "Best Crime Series"

„Exzellent inszenierter Film“ - tittelbach.tv

„Intensiv und verstörend - Das geht unter die Haut“ - TV Movie

„TV-Ereignis extrem packend erzählt“ - TV Spielfilm

„Eine der besten Serien des Jahres“ - Stern

„punktet mit Atmosphäre und Top-Besetzung“ -  TV Digital

„Eine Verdichtung von glaubhaft verkörperten Charakterstudien der alten Bundesrepublik. Eine parallele Erzählung zur Wirklichkeit‘‘- Zeit Online

„Was 'Das Geheimnis des Totenwaldes' von anderen Krimis unterscheidet, ist nicht nur der Kitzel einer wahren Geschichte, sondern auch der Detailreichtum an Ermittlungen.“ - Weser Kurier

„Fesselnd bis zuletzt, entwickelt eine Sogwirkung“ - Der Tagesspiegel

„Erstaunlich ist, dass 'Das Geheimnis des Totenwaldes' seine hohe Spannung und Dramatik hält, obwohl über die Auflösung schon so oft berichtet wurde.“ - Berliner Zeitung

News:

“Dark Woods” is nominated for 8 German TV Academy Awards

Tue, 21. Sep 2021
Berlin – “Dark Woods” leads the nomination list at this year’s German TV Academy Awards, including nominations for “Best Lead Actor”, “Best Direction” and “Best Cinematography”, “Best Script” and “Best Executive Producer”.

German TV Awards: Four Nominations for „Dark Woods”

Wed, 1. Sep 2021
Cologne - The event miniseries, produced by ConradFilm and Bavaria Fiction, is nominated for “Best Miniseries”, “Best Lead Actor”, “Best Script” and “Best Production Design” - which includes set design, costume and hair & make-up - at this year’s German TV Awards.

„Dark Woods“: The 2020 Streaming Hit

Fri, 8. Jan 2021
Munich - According to the reseachers at AGF Videoforschung, “Dark Woods”, the event series from ConradFilm and Bavaria Fiction, is last year’s biggest public service streaming hit, with media library viewing figures in the millions.

Dark Woods: Overwhelming audience response

Thu, 10. Dec 2020
Munich - With 5.3 million viewers and a market share of 16,6%, the final episode of the three-parter drew in yesterday another prime time victory for “Dark Woods”. In addition, more than 9 million viewers watched the series online.

Cast & Crew

Executive Producers

Marc Conrad (ConradFilm), Maren Knieling (Bavaria Fiction), Jan S. Kaiser (Bavaria Fiction)

Co-production company

ConradFilm

Broadcasters

ARD, NDR

Commissioning Editors

Christian Granderath (NDR), Sabine Holtgreve (NDR), Carolin Haasis (DEGETO)

Screenplay

Stefan Kolditz

Director

Sven Bohse

Director of Photography

Michael Schreitel

Cast

Matthias Brandt, Karoline Schuch, Silke Bodenbender, Nicholas Ofczarek, Hanno Koffler, August Wittgenstein, Moritz Grove, Jenny Schily, Hildegard Schmahl, Andreas Lust, Mirco Kreibich, Karsten Antonio Mielke, Janina Fautz, Anne Werner, Nadeshda Brennicke, Barbara Romaner, Pheline Roggan, Nikola Kastner uvm.

Casting

Siegfried Wagner

Line Producer

Sascha Ommert

Head of Production

Frank Lübke

Set Design

Oliver Hoese

Wardrobe

Maria Schicker

Make-Up

Jeanette Latzelsberger, Gregor Eckstein

Editors

Julia Karg, Kai Minierski