3 MAR 2020


The distribution company announces the world premiere of the title selected to screening at Panorama International.

3 MAR 2020

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Lagardère Studios Distribution will present the highly anticipated drama series "Commandos" during the upcoming Series Mania 2020, playing in Panorama International. The screening will take place on Friday 27th March at 6.30pm during the festival which takes places 20 – 28th March in Lille, France.

Produced by NL Film in collaboration with Avrotros, "Commandos" (10x45’) is a tense thriller/action series. When a Dutch Special Forces team led by Commander John de Koning was secretly sent to Northern Nigeria to rescue an important hostage kidnapped by Boko Haram, the covert mission turned into a nightmare.  As well as the terrorists, many civilians including a group of young girls were killed, and the liberated man turned out to be a monster and a paedophile.

“Already from the very start of creating our Avrotros drama series "Commandos" in 2015, Lagardère Studios Distribution has not only been the first, but also the most loyal and reliable international co-production partner on our series.  We kept on working closely together during all stages of development and production. I am really proud we can present this series finally now at Series Mania,” said Mylene Verdurmen, Head of drama, Avrotros.

“We are very proud and honoured that International Panorama Series Mania has selected our series 'Commandos' for its premiere and competition. The series is one of the most epic and challenging rides we have ever had. We feel we have made something really special and are happy this selection acknowledges that,” commented Kaja Wolffers, Producer/Creative Director, NL Film.

“This exciting new thriller definitely raises the bar when it comes to suspense and has all the KEY ingredients to make for a ratings-winner. The fact that 'Commandos' has been selected to debut at Series Mania pays testimony to its high-calibre. This series is engaging on all levels and we are confident our buyers and audiences will not be disappointed,” said Emmanuelle Bouilhaguet, Managing Director, Lagardère Studios Distribution.

"Commandos"  is directed by Iván López Núñez and Hanro Smitsman and stars by Werner Kolf, Teun Kuilboer, Charlotte Timmers, Charlie Chan Dagelet, Egbert Jan Weeber, Chiem Vreeken, Bilal Wahib, Kay Greidanus, and Patrick Bokaba. The series is filmed on location in South Africa, Belgium and The Netherlands and Lagardère Studios Distribution is worldwide sales agent for "Commandos"outside of the Netherlands and Flemish Belgium.

"This series is engaging on all levels and we are confident our buyers and audiences will not be disappointed,” Emmanuelle Bouilhaguet Managing Director, Lagardère Studios Distribution.