Volker Herres, Program Director of First German Television: "It is historical, political, highly explosive and emotional material that Das Erste in the weeks before Easter and on the Wednesday of the film after the holidays as an elaborate one-off, as a multi-part or as part of a themed evening at prime time They are productions that offer exciting entertainment, recall contemporary history and also make you think. They are great films. "
"Our wonderful years" (WDR / ARD Degeto), on Wednesday, March 18, Saturday, March 21 and Wednesday, March 25, 2020, each at 8:15 p.m. in the first
The three-part event after the bestseller by Peter Prange is a captivating social panorama of Germany's economic miracle of the 1940s and 50s. In Altena, a small town in North Rhine-Westphalia, long lines form in front of the local bank on June 20, 1948 – as everywhere in the country. Every citizen, poor or rich, former Nazi or resistance fighter, receives 40 Deutschmarks for the introduction of the new currency. The manufacturer couple Christel and Eduard Wolf (Katja Riemann and Thomas Sarbacher), their daughters Ulla, Gundel and Margot (Elisa Schott, Vanessa Loibl and Anna Maria Mühe) as well as their friends Jürgen, Benno and Tommy (Ludwig Trepte, Franz Hartwig and David Schütter) and businessman Walter Böcker (Hans-Jochen Wagner) get the money fresh from the press. It is the start of a new era. Everyone dreams of their future differently, is their luck smith. Or is it fate that will determine your life path? Directed by Elmar Fischer; the script was written by Robert Krause and Florian Puchert.
"Master of Death 2" (SWR / ARD Degeto / rbb / SR), on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at 8:15 p.m. in the first
The themed evening "Arms Trade" begins with the continuation of the television film "Master of Death" from 2015. In the second film, directed by Daniel Harrich (book: Gert Heidenreich & Daniel Harrich), the arms dealers are on trial and should finally be held responsible become. Alex Stengele (Heiner Lauterbach), the sales manager for Latin America of the arms export company HSW, wants to unpack to save his marriage to Sabine (Veronica Ferres). A heart attack prevents this. When Sabine realizes that her late husband should be used as a pawn victim for the illegal arms exports, she joins forces with attorney Christiane Schumann (Katharina Wackernagel), who takes part in the proceedings as a process observer. While on one level of the film in the courtroom there are arguments for clues and sovereignty of interpretation and involvement of German authorities is revealed, on the second level people in Mexico die from German weapons. Other roles include Désirée Nosbusch, Axel Milberg, Udo Wachtveitl, Heinz Hoenig and Oliver Mommsen. The theme evening is completed by the SWR documentary "Deadly Exports 2".
"The defector" (NDR / ARD Degeto / SWR), on Wednesday, April 8, and Good Friday, April 10, 2020, each at 8:15 p.m. in the first
In the last summer of 1944, the young Wehrmacht soldier Walter Proska (Jannis Niewöhner) returned to the Eastern Front and had to join a handful of soldiers who had found themselves in a desperate situation in the no-man's-land of the Polish forests. Surrounded by partisans, certain death awaits them. Proska's encounter with the young Polish partisan Wanda (Malgorzata Mikolajczak) and the friendship with his comrade Kürschner (Sebastian Urzendowsky) make him doubt the correctness of his assignment. When the Red Army draws closer, Proska becomes a prisoner of war and can only save himself by defecting to the enemy. "The Defector" is the two-part film adaptation of the eponymous novel by Siegfried Lenz from 1951, the publication of which was rejected by the publisher in ideological times during the Cold War and which only became a bestseller in 2016. Other roles include Rainer Bock, Bjarne Mädel, Florian Lukas, Leonie Benesch, Katharina Schüttler and Ulrich Tukur. Directed by Oscar winner Florian Gallenberger based on a screenplay by Bernd Lange and Florian Gallenberger.
"The Driven" (rbb / NDR), on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at 8:15 p.m. in the first
"The Driven" (directed by Stephan Wagner; written by Florian Oeller) reconstructs the 63 days in summer 2015 in great detail before Angela Merkel makes her key decision in refugee policy. The television film looks into the back room of the powerful, who are one thing above all: driven people who make decisions between political responsibility and the breathless pace of the overturning events. At the center of the action: the Chancellor. While the European currency crisis in July 2015 with a final summit in Brussels and the decision that Greece will remain in the eurozone is currently coming to an end, another challenge for the European continent can no longer be ignored: millions of people are looking for protection against war and Misery. As Greece and Italy visibly capitulate to the influx of refugees that summer, it becomes clear that Europe is facing an ordeal. The different reactions to this exceptional situation, the pressure to make a decision that weighed on those who were supposed to take part in a solution, are meticulously traced by "The Driven". In addition to Imogen Kogge as Chancellor Merkel, Josef Bierbichler as Horst Seehofer, Wolfgang Pregler as Thomas de Maizière, Tristan Seith as Peter Altmaier, Timo Dierkes as Sigmar Gabriel and Walter Sittler as Frank-Walter Steinmeier play the main roles.