"Dead Mountain – The Dyatlov Pass Incident"
Beta’s factual subsidiary Autentic Distribution has acquired worldwide rights to the crime thriller series "Dead Mountain – The Dyatlov Pass Incident" (eight hours) based on the famous real-life case of the mysterious death of a group of Russian hikers in 1959.
The title will be introduced to international buyers at MIPCOM, alongside the corresponding documentary "The Dyatlov Pass Incident", distributed by Autentic Distribution. Both, the fictional series and the documentary will premiere this fall on TNT (Russia) and PREMIER.
Beta Film’s Leonid Godik: "'Dead Mountain – The Dyatlov Pass Incident' proves Beta Film’s ongoing commitment to Russian content made a few years ago. Apart from its internationally famous story, it is in the style of Soviet noir, a unique genre, which is quite popular in Russia, but not well known abroad. Since this show is produced on an international, high level of quality, we know that it will appeal to global audiences as well.”
"Dead Mountain – The Dyatlov Pass Incident" is created by 1-2-3 production’s EvgeniyNikishov and Valeriy Fedorovich, both serving as directors, producers, and showrunners and screenwriter Ilya Kulikov. As a basis for the script served de-classified material from the 1959 case to which they got access to, as well as the diaries of the dead students. Shot on 16mm film, the series reflects a certain retro atmosphere, with a look reminiscent of 1950s cinema.
The documentary crime series "The Dyatlov Pass Incident" (4x52' and 8x30') produced by 1-2-3 Productions and Amur Waves follows the true events behind fictional series that remain unsolved for over 60 years.
Producer Valeriy Fedorovich states: “'The Dyatlov Pass Incident' is not just Russia’s greatest mystery, but also an international media phenomenon: As soon as a new piece of information about it appears in the Russian news, the biggest international news outlets pick it up immediately.”
His co-producer Evgeniy Nikishov follows: “During the investigation, KGB Major and our protagonist Oleg Kostin studies all the main theories around the tragedy, gradually eliminating them one after another. Our series is a kind of anthology of everything known about the story of Dyatlov Pass. In the finale, the viewers will receive an answer to the key question of what happened to the students on the night of February 2nd, 1959, on Kholat Syakhl Mountain.”
The eight-hour fictional series is produced by 1-2-3 Productions and corresponding documentary by 1-2-3 Productions and Amur Waves. Beta Film distributes the fictional series, world sales of the documentary are handled by Autentic Distribution.