ZDF Studios “The Swarm” to premiere at the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival

The event thriller series will open the Berlinale Series section on Sunday, 19 February 2023. 


ZDF Studios confirmed the premiere of the event thriller series "The Swarm" at the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival. The title will open the Berlinale Series section on Sunday, 19 February 2023. 

"The Swarm" is produced by Schwarm TV Productions GmbH & Co KG, a joint venture between Intaglio Films and ndF IP for ZDF, France Télévisions, Rai Fiction, Viaplay Group, Hulu Japan, ORF, SRF, in co-production with Bravado Fiction and Beside Production, in co-operation with ATHOS KG. Academy Award®-nominated producer Mark Huffam, Ute Leonhardt, the novel’s author Frank Schätzing, Jan Wünschmann, Till Groenemeyer, Barbara Eder, Luke Watson, Moritz von Kruedener, Robert Franke, and Jan Theys are serving as executive producers, with Friedemann Goez, Charlotte Groth (Alles Klara), Frank Buchs, and Rafferty Thwaites producing. Produced by Frank Doelger and ndF IP’s Managing Director Eric Welbers, the title, based on Frank Schätzing’s international bestseller, is published around the globe and translated into 27 languages. 

Directed by Barbara Eder (Barbarians), Luke Watson (Ripper Street), and Philipp Stölzl, the eight-hour series attracted an international star ensemble, including Alexander Karim,  Cécile de France, Leonie Benesch, Joshua Odjick,  Barbara Sukowa, Krista Kosonen, and Takuya Kimuraa. Beta Film and ZDF Studios are tasked with all world sales. The scripts are written by Steven Lally (Strike Back), Marissa Lestrade (Deep State), as well as Chris Lunt, and Michael A. Walker (Young Wallander, Devils). The series’ scientific advisors are polar and deep-sea researcher Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius of the Alfred-Wegener-Institute Helmholtz-Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany, and Dr. Jon Copley, Associate Professor of Ocean Exploration at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom.

"The Swarm" chronicles the struggle of humankind against an unknown enemy demonstrating swarm intelligence that lives in the depths of the sea. When the treatment of the oceans threatens the natural habitat of this mysterious collective, it strikes back. In a very short time, all human life is at stake – and the fate of the entire population of the world rests in the hands of a small group of scientists. It was produced according to guidelines of the initiative “100 Green Productions” by MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg GmbH and in compliance with the German Film & TV Sustainability Regulations and has been shot primarily in regions of Italy, among others in Lazio, Veneto, and Puglia, as well as in one of the world’s most advanced water tank facility in Brussels (Belgium).