ARD, ORF and Superfilm produce “Kafka” mini-series

NDR / first

Hamburg (OTS)

The most widely read German writer in the world is considered: Franz Kafka, whose death centenary falls in June 2024. On this occasion, all ARD stations (NDR, WDR, SWR, BR, MDR, RBB, HR, SR and Radio Bremen) will produce the project “KAFKA”. In co-production with ORF and in collaboration with Superfilm. The six-part mini-series tells the life story of Franz Kafka, one of the greatest and most famous writers of the 20th century. The scenarios are based on a basic three-volume biography of Kafka by Rainer Stach, who also works here as a consultant. Writer Daniel Kellman (“Measure the World” / “Tyll”) is writing the scripts in collaboration with director David Schalko (“Braunschlag” / “Me and the Others”).

The mini-series is not only about Kafka’s difficult relationship with his tyrannical father, and his wonderful love affairs with Phyllis Bauer, Milena Jesinska, and Dora Diamant, but also about his close friendship with Max Brod, who ends up betraying his terminally ill friend. At the same time he gained worldwide fame. With Joel Basman (Franz Kafka), Danielle Bruhl (Max Broad), Nicholas Ovcharek (Hermann Kafka), and Liv Lisa Fries (Melina Jesinska), the cast will be top notch in front of the camera. Filming is scheduled to take place in the spring of 2023, the expected broadcast date in the ARD media library, on the first and at ORF in the spring of 2024.

Jörg Schönenborn, ARD Fantasy Coordinator: “ARD’s entire collaboration with ORF is a great example of how powerful we can be when we pool our energies and invest in such an outstanding project. Daniel Keelman and David Schalko bring audiences what remains mystifying in Kafka parts of work that are entertainingly—but never superficial—closer. I look forward. to the result, which can also be seen at the international level.”

mag. Katharina Schenk, director of the ORF TV channel: “I am very pleased that ORF is part of this project, which focuses on the private world of Franz Kafka. For this extraordinary project, Daniel Kellmann and David Schalko have found a perspective that shows Kafka’s life and work through the eyes of two remarkable people who showcase the storytellers and present them to a wider audience in a new way.”

Daniel Kellman, author: “Franz Kafka’s nightmares are our daily reality: in his dark and funny visions he sensed the world we all live in now. These visions did not come out of nowhere, but were shaped by his life, his family, and his private life. I am proud and grateful to have had the privilege of writing screenplays based on Reiner’s work. Stach’s record-breaking director and storyteller David Schalko, and I’m really looking forward to seeing it come to life with these wonderful actors very soon.”

David Schalko, Director: “We chose the wonderful biographies of Reiner Stach eight years ago and since then I have been working on this project in various forms. The fact that it is finally being realized is due on the one hand to Daniel Kellmann’s excellent books and on the other hand to the perfect constellation of brave public broadcasters who do not take the importance of Kafka not only in mind, but also relish the challenge of re-discovering the resume genre.”

Joel Basman, Daniel Brühl, Nicholas Ovcharek, Liv Lisa Fries and others inspired by the scripts of Daniel Kellman and directed by David Shalko – filming is expected to begin in the spring of 2023

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