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world premiere – DW – 20.09.2022

Broken windows in Jewish shops, marauding Naziscalmly looking at those who createXia police brutality. And all this – in the center of Berlin. This is what the capital looks like Germany in new cult german season bodyseries “Babylon-Berlin”. Premiere fourth in a row sezone, the action of which takes place in 1931, and plot based on historical detective novel by a German writer Volker Kuchera (Volker Kutscher) “Goldstein: the third case Gereon Rata” (“Goldstein: Gereon Raths dritter Fall”), will be held today, September 20, in Berlin. On October 8, 2022, the episode will begin airing on the Sky One pay-per-view channel. In the public domain it will be shown on the first German television channel ARD in 2023.

Guest from across the ocean

The turn of the late 1920s – early 1930s. Sunset of the Weimar Republic. The protagonist of the series and main character published in 2010 historical detective cycle Volker Kuchera, commissioner police from Cologne Gereon rat (Gerion Rath)arrives in Berlin. His task is to find a porn movie that is being blackmailed Mayor of Cologne Konrad AdenauerKonrad Adenauer). In the course of the investigation, he has to deal with politics, mafia murder, drugs, extremism. Thus began the first season of the television series “Babylon-Berlin”.

On the set of the fourth season of the series
On the set of the fourth season of the series “Babylon Berlin” in BerlinPhoto: Jörg Carstensen/dpa/picture alliance

Centraloh figuresoh fourth season of the series becomes jewish gangster Abraham”Abe” Goldstein (AbrahamAbe” Goldstein)who was “under the gun” at the FBI. Summer 1931a he Pfishing to Berlin from Brooklyn. Police Inspector Gereon Ratu timekeep an eye on him. At first, the commissioner thinks that this exercise – boring. However soon he realizes how difficult and dangerous it will be.

Volker Bruch as Police Commissioner Gereon Rath
Volker Bruch as Police Commissioner Gereon RathPhoto: picture-alliance/Sky/Beta Film/X-Filme/ARD Degeto/F. Batier

While Rath is bored at his observation post in the fashionable Excelsior Hotel, where Goldstein is staying, the gangster sneaks out of the hotel unnoticed and recovers in the city, where he gets his weapons. From the hand of the “brown shirt” he saves an old Jewish man, and then hides with relatives. Later, the stormtrooper, who raised his hand to the old man, is killed, and they try to hang the blame for the murder on Goldstein. Rath follows the trail of the American, gradually realizing that the one he is hunting is not a criminal. As a result, the policeman and the gangster begin to cooperate and reveal one criminal gang. After that, thanks to the support of Rath, Goldstein returns to the United States.

Tangled story and mysterious hero

The characters of the fourth season of the series “Babylon-Berlin” are placed in the context of important historical events. It was a time when the economic crisis was aggravating in Germany, National Socialism was gaining strength, hostility towards Jews and representatives of other nationalities was growing, there were more and more violent street clashes between the NSDAP assault detachments and fighters of the German communist organization “Union of Red Front Soldiers” (” Rot Front”), and in the underground a struggle for supremacy between mafia groups raged.

During filming on the Spree embankment
During filming on the Spree embankmentPhoto: Jörg Carstensen/dpa/picture alliance

The directors of the film are Tom Tykwer, Achim von Borries, Henkrik Handloegten. Starring Volker Bruch. Babylon Berlin became the most expensive German TV series of all time. Already the first season has become the most budget series in the history of German cinema according to the results of filming: 40 billion euros. The audience success is no less incredible: as of the end of December 2020, the first three seasons of the film have received over 40 million views. Which, however, is not surprising: neo-noir was chosen as the style of the film, and this is a gloomy atmosphere, an intricate story, a mysterious protagonist. Such a “cocktail” always tickles the viewer’s nerves and chains him to the screen.

Filming fourth season of the ambitious series “Babylon-Berlin” took place in Berlin and its environs, as well as in the federal North Rhine-Westphalia.

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