Obscurantism in Ibiza as strange figures of light

“The Ibiza Affair” mixes fact and fiction and tells the story from the point of view of hunters – masterfully acted, shot violently and sometimes somewhat dubiously.

cocaine? fake papers? But no, that’s not why Julian Hessenthaler was recently put on trial in St. Polten – the man who lured Strache into the Balearic trap and blew up the turquoise blue alliance. His lawyer is convinced: You want to silence your client. It’s tough there, “On the other hand, every Netflix series is a ‘mouse show’.” From today you can watch “The Ibiza Affair” in the novels for the first time, not on Netflix, but on Sky. The four-part mini-series leaves little to be desired in terms of roughness and speed – nonetheless it has something of a “mouse show”.

The script is based on the realism written by Sueddeutsche journalists who made the scandal public. In her view, it was already listed in the documentary “Behind the Headlines”. What proven “Tattourt” director Christopher Scheer and his co-authors experience is more gritty and sensitive. They put the suspected masterminds in the spotlight and chose the viewpoint of Detective Hesenthaler and Viennese lawyer Ramin Mirfakrai.

How did the duo do it? How noble or base were his motives? This is the only way to satisfy curiosity and nurture excitement. We know from the live recording what drunken FPÖ politicians have been gossiping about Vinca – which is why Part Three, which he meticulously reproduces, is the series’ dodger. Nevertheless, the “similar” performances deserve to be commended: Julian Lohmann plays Johan Goodnus in the true balance between paranoia and childlike insecurity. Andreas Lust as Strache has his demeanor and language on him. Both are navigating the slopes of cheap cartoons and false sympathy. The plot spans from 2012 to 2020, and it jumps back and forth, confusing less than it explains: if you don’t understand something, the journalists who put the puzzle together will explain it to you. An elegant stunt, as opposed to the somewhat clumsy explanations that Hsenthaler puts in his mouth.

Where reality turns into madness

As a mischievous third aid to understanding, associative scenes function: when Gudenus falls into the trap, a fish is bitten; The distribution of ministerial positions is illustrated by a Christmas gift; As well as animation – exactly – “mouse broadcasting” is used. very fun? Schier punctuates the small scenes as reality finally turns crazy. He also praised photographer Thomas Kiennast, who celebrates party scenes so fiercely that one tends to jump on the table to dance.

Inevitably, it becomes a problem with the two main characters. No, they are not superheroes, they make clumsy mistakes, and in the end they are among the losers, according to reality. But the script seems like a very skilful defense. David Hamade is allowed to play Mirfakhrai as a good and decent lawyer. By chance, he came across a substance that condemns (photos of money bags in a Strache box). His family’s fear of being expelled from Austria by the FPÖ alone motivated his actions, and he initially demanded millions for the video just to get his informant (the Strache driver) to testify. He himself finances its production through the shady Hessenthaler, who is portrayed by Nicholas Ovcharek Impastoly as the fifth person in the Vienna Strizzi. But he remains mercifully open whether the big-mouthed bully is about a bargaining chip or adventurous. Or even he – a hard shell, a soft core – about morals? It almost suggests that in the end he slips into paranoia and only arouses our sympathy. Sad figure hero. But he is a hero after all.

The Ibiza Affair: 4 episodes to watch on Sky.[RW5CA]

(“Die Presse,” print edition, October 21, 2021)

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