Banijay announced a new French co-production for TF1, "Les Disparus de la Forêt Noire," produced in partnership with Banijay Studios France, Fiction’Air, Belga Productions, and RTBF. The premium drama will be distributed internationally by Banijay Rights. Banijay France, led by François de Brugada, encompasses a line-up of boutique creative scripted labels, including Marathon, Shine Fiction, Terence, and Banijay Studios France, the company behind Marie Antoinette, which has sold to Australia, the US, and the UK with further deals to be announced soon. Also within Banijay France is Alain Goldman’s Montmartre Films.
“Les Disparus de la Forêt Noire is a tense and gripping thriller, with premium production values bringing a cinematic feel to the drama. With a big-name cast in place, known both here in France and internationally, we are confident the drama will engage the TF1 audience and beyond with the support of Banijay Rights. It has been a great experience to work with our co-production partners Fiction’Air, Belga Productions, and RTBF, and together we have created a drama we’re all incredibly proud of,” Carole Della Valle, Executive Producer, Banijay Studios France said.
Starring Hélène de Fougerolles, (Balthazar), Gregory Fitoussi (St Tropez, Spiral) and Tcheky Karyo (The Missing, Baptiste), "Les Disparus de la Forêt Noire" is set in the heart of the Black Forest, at a bi-national military base near the French-German border, where twelve bodies, all men, are found in a mass grave. The victims are both French and German, with the murders committed over three decades. Judge Camille Hartmamnn, played by Hélène de Fougerolles, has a connection to the case, but after a car accident she has lost her memory, and any recollections are side-lined, even though this macabre discovery revives memories Hartmann believed to be buried. Meanwhile, veteran French officer Franz Agerland (Tcheky Karyo) joins forces with young German police officer Erik Maes (Gregory Fitoussi) to investigate the case. Just how connected to the murders is Hartmann?
“We are thrilled with this second collaboration with BSF and are looking forward a new scriptied project in the future. With Les Disparus de la Forêt Noire, Fiction’Air is confirming its ambition to offer new series on the national and international scene,” Nagui, President at Fiction’Air stated.