Shadowplay to Open Monte-Carlo Television Festival


The Monte-Carlo Television Festival, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, will open with a world premiere screening of the thriller Shadowplay.

The series is produced by TANDEM Productions and BRON Studios in co-production with ZDF. Created, written and co-directed by Måns Mårlind (The Bridge, Midnight Sun), the first chapter of the series stars Taylor Kitsch, Michael C. Hall, Nina Hoss, Tuppence Middleton, Sebastian Koch, Logan Marshall-Green and Mala Emde.

The character-driven thriller, set in Berlin, centers on the story of Max McLaughlin, an American cop who arrives in the city in the summer of 1946 to help create a police force in the chaotic aftermath of the war. Max’s goal is to take down “Engelmacher” Gladow, the Capone of post-war Berlin. At the same time, Max undertakes a secret crusade to find his missing brother Moritz, who is killing ex-Nazis in hiding. However, Max is completely unaware that he is being used as a pawn in what is the very beginning of the Cold War.

The 16-episode series will be told in two chapters.

Lead actors and creative executives will attend the world premiere of the first two episodes of Shadowplay, following a red carpet opening ceremony held in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, the festival’s Honorary President, on June 19.

Laurent Puons, CEO of the festival, said, “We are delighted to have such an eagerly-awaited drama take center stage at the opening of our 60th Anniversary Festival. The Monte-Carlo Television Festival was originally conceived to celebrate the very best of global television and Shadowplay, written by the amazing talent of Måns Mårlind, certainly fits the bill. We are thrilled to welcome Måns, alongside Taylor Kitsch and Michael C. Hall as well as other stellar cast and creative team members, to join us in Monaco to honor this exciting new production.”

Mårlind added, “I’m honored and thrilled to have Shadowplay chosen to open the 60th Monte-Carlo Television Festival. To be able to premiere this passion project of mine together with members of our incredible cast and the producing partners TANDEM and BRON in this beautiful and prestigious setting is like a dream come true.”