ZDFneo’s “Sløborn” about the deadly virus: When fantasy suddenly becomes reality | entertainment

He absorbed reality with this TV series!

When director Christian Alvart (47, “Berlin Dogs”) began filming his viral series “Slowborn” in 2019, today’s coronavirus pandemic was out of the question.

Now season 2 begins (January 11-12, ZDFneo 8.15pm) with Lea van Acken (22, “Homeland”) and Mads Hjulmand (39, “Großstadtrevier”)!

In BILD, the “Sløborn” stars talk about what it was like when the series suddenly became almost real.

On the set of the ZDFneo series “Sløborn” in Retzow: director and co-producer Christian Alvart with actors Alexander Scheer (played by star author Nikolai Wagner) and Mads Hjolmand (drug dealer Jan Fisker). The second season was filmed from April to July 2021 in Norderney, Brandenburg and Poland

Photo: Christian Luo

In this series, a deadly virus (“pigeon flu”) infects residents on the fictional island of Sloborn in the North Sea.

The government shuts down the island. In the second season, chaotic conditions prevail over Sloborn. A bitter struggle for survival began among the population.

Young Berlin actress Leah van Aken (“Dark”) plays the rebellious Ella. A juvenile delinquent was already on the North Sea Island to be rehabilitated.

Lea Van Aken as the rebellious Ella.  Who stays calm even when the gun is pointed at her head

Lea Van Aken as the rebellious Ella. Who stays calm even when the gun is pointed at her head

Photo: Syrreal Entertainment / Christian Alvart / ZDF

Was Lea Van Aken also a teenage rebel?

Bild’s young star: “Not really, because I started filming when I was 13. Then I got to school and I also shoot on the side. This combined all my energy well.”

There was no pandemic when the first season was filmed. How different is Season 2’s shooting under the circumstances of the pandemic?

“When we were filming the first season, we thought it was really crazy to wear masks. Now it just feels so natural for us,” the young star said.

Young star Lea Van Aken (22 years old) is known, among other things, as Anne Frank in

Young star Lea van Acken is known, among other things, as Anne Frank in “The Diary of Anne Frank” or from the Netflix series “Dark”.

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And what did she think in Spring 2020, just before the first season aired, when the first news of Covid-19 came out?

Van Aken: “Of course that was crazy. When we launched the first season, Corona wasn’t even an issue. It was amazing how close reality came to our story.”

Did Mads Hjolmand, 39, have guessed in 2019 how close the series was shot to reality? “Anyone who could do that back then would be a billionaire today. Still, well, surreal.”

After several islanders died of deadly pigeon flu, Sloburn was evacuated.  Drug dealer Jan Fisker (Mads Hjolmand) also resisted his removal and hiding on the island

After several islanders died of deadly pigeon flu, Sloburn was evacuated. Drug dealer Jan Fisker (Mads Hegelmand) resists being taken and hid on the island

Photo: Christian Luhsey

In the Danish-German series The End of Time, Hjolmand plays petty criminal Jan Fisker. When the first news of Corona came, the native Dane thought: “Nothing will happen here with us, just as with Sars, Mers and so on, it will not reach Europe. Then I started to get a little scared when it was no longer the case.”

Because: “We didn’t know much about COVID-19 at the time, and I thought at the time that people and governments would underestimate it, just like with Sløborn.”

He also plays a star

Also playing “Tatort” star Wotan Wilke Möhring

Photo: Syrreal Entertainment / Christian Alvart / ZDF

The yellow man causes fear and terror on the deserted island

The yellow man causes fear and terror on the deserted island

Photo: Syrreal Entertainment / Christian Alvart / ZDF

Hjulmand himself has not yet contracted the coronavirus. “But my girlfriend was already infected with Corona, and then she was quarantined in a Corona hotel while I was home alone with our children in quarantine. The little ones missed their mother so much and I could not explain to them why Mama was suddenly absent.”

Then we said she was at work. It was difficult, but it worked. None of us had it, which was very surprising because we all had symptoms. Fortunately she was fine after a week.”

The kids on the island are trying everything to survive

The kids on the island are trying everything to survive

Photo: Syrreal Entertainment / Christian Alvart / ZDF

The actor (“All You Need”) has been vaccinated three times and is no longer afraid of the bad course of Covid-19: “I wear my mask, keep my distance, etc., but it’s out of my control. I try to live my life as ‘normally’ as possible” , but I get anxious and put in more effort when I’m in production.”

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