In the six-part Austrian-German satirical TV series “Alles finster” (in double episodes from Sept. 13, 8:15 p.m., BR), the residents of the small fictional village of Kekenberg an der Della experience what across Europe is blackouts. Their microcosm means: no electricity, no mobile phone, no water supply, no shopping facilities… What’s next for the strange village community?
Bettina Mittendorfer (51, “Spring”, “Room with Stable”) plays German immigrant Carola, who is actually pretty well prepared for such extremes with her husband Jens (Michael A. Grimm). Unlike others, Preppers vault is filled with everything you need to survive. But none of that helps when her daughter Mary runs out of diabetes medication…
Bavarian series star Bettina Mittendorfer revealed, in an interview with “Spot on News”, whether the sudden current topic of the series worries her.
Perhaps the series has become more relevant since working on it. When did you first deal with the text yourself?
Bettina Mittendorfer: The script came up a few weeks before filming began. I thought from the start: a great book, exciting, funny… and above all, the development really amazed me. This believes that everything suddenly stops, in all the consequences and how radically life changes in this series. And that the subject suddenly became incredibly objective – and it almost left me speechless …
Did you always have some emergency supplies or do you have some now?
Mittendorfer: I don’t have any emergency supplies at the moment because I’m moving – from Passau to near Munich. But during the pandemic, I kept stockpiling goodies and delicacies. (laughs) What you should always have at home – this water.
The series deals with the myriad effects of blackout across Europe. Which one scares you the most on a personal level?
Mittendorfer: Fear is always bad. What I find most dramatic is the scarcity of water. We should think about this – not only because of possible power outages, but also because of climate change. We need water In this context, science should be included more in policy decisions – also in relation to opacity.
The film was shot in the municipality of Scheiblingkirchen-Thernberg, Lower Austria. Was there a funny or cute scene during filming?
Mittendorfer: I took dance lessons with Michy Grimm, we were allowed to learn salsa in the evening while filming. It was really cool to get close once again to just 1.50 metres.
And what scene do you remember in particular?
Mittendorfer: Actually, the scenes we were all in – the whole team – whether it was playing football or around a campfire. And what I especially felt during this photoshoot: You can’t get through it on your own anyway, you have to stick together, it’s only possible if we work together.
Smart homes are also an issue in the chain. How smart does your home look? And is string a reason to always keep the analog option open?
Mittendorfer: The series is not the reason for this, but I personally do not like it at all. I have a dishwasher at home that I’m supposed to plug into my cell phone, but I won’t. I’m not a fan of it at all and still love analog travel.
Monster – “Tarator: Nepetius” (TV Thriller, March 2022), “Kangaroo Plot” (cine-comedy, August 2022) and now “Everything Finnster” (TV series, September 2022) – showdown with conspiracy theories slow-happening, But certainly also in entertainment/fantasy. What’s your opinion?
Mittendorfer: I have always been in favor of talking to each other and being able to express their opinions – this is also a fundamental democratic value. I am against division in society. Of course, the media portrays social issues and highlights what is currently developing. This is also important.
In “Everything is Dark” you play the role of a German who emigrated to Austria. There were also in the group mostly Austrian colleagues. How did you receive?
Mittendorfer: As always in Austria: great! Colleagues were also very attentive. I always feel this way, also with my other products, because I shoot a lot in Austria, including ‘Steirerkrimi’. Away from the set, it’s always an experience. The area depicted this time is called “Hunchback World”. When I wasn’t shooting, I used to cycle a lot in Lake Neusiedl and I can only say: Burgenland is fantastic.
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