Deutschland 89 Series 03 Overview (2020)


Introduction

Deutschland is a German-American television series, starring Jonas Nay as Martin Rauch, an agent of East Germany.

Season 01, Deutschland 83, aired in 2015, with a second season, Deutschland 86, airing in 2018, and a third season, Deutschland 89, airing in 2020.

Outline

As the Berlin Wall falls, Stasi agents attempt to protect themselves from the fallout.

The character Martin Rauch is told, “Do not imagine you can live a simple life. You now have three options: Either you are killed, you go to court, or you work in a secret service again.”

Anna Winger and Jörg Winger, creators and executive producers said: “When the Berlin Wall came down, Germany reinvented itself for the fourth time in the 20th century. Deutschland 89 goes back to the so-called ‘end of history’. Our heroes, spies in the national security apparatus of a country that has collapsed overnight, find themselves at a dramatic crossroads, personally and professionally.”

Cast

  • Main:
    • Jonas Nay as Martin Rauch, a former East German intelligence officer who now works for a state-owned technology company but is forced to return to work as a spy and acts as a double agent.
    • Ari Kurecki as Max, Martin’s son.
    • Svenja Jung as Nicole Zangen, Max’s teacher
    • Maria Schrader as Lenora Rauch, a former HVA agent, Martin’s aunt and former handler who supplies explosives to the Red Army Faction.
    • Sylvester Groth as Walter Schweppenstette, Lenora’s former boss and Martin’s father who is sent by the HVA to infiltrate the West German banking system.
    • Uwe Preuss as Markus Fuchs.
    • Carina Wiese as Ingrid Rauch, Martin’s mother.
    • Alexander Beyer as Tobias Tischbier, Martin’s former handler from the Stasi’s foreign arm, the Main Directorate for Reconnaissance (HVA).
    • Lavinia Wilson as Brigitte Winkelmann, Martin’s former love interest and a Federal Intelligence Service (BND) agent working with the CIA to recruit former HVA agents.
    • Fritzi Haberlandt as Tina Fischer, an East German doctor who escaped to West Berlin.
    • Raul Casso as Hector Valdez, a CIA agent working in East Berlin with Winkelmann.
    • Niels Bormann as Fritz Hartmann, HVA agent.
  • Recurring:
    • Florence Kasumba as Rose Seithathi, an African National Congress (ANC) operative and Lenora’s love interest in Deutschland 86.
    • Anke Engelke as Barbara Dietrich, a financial consultant in the StäV.
    • Emil Hostina as Grigore Antonescu, a Romanian national and a member of a terrorist organization who befriends Lenora.
    • Rainer Sellien as Carl Baumgarten, a West German musician and a member of a far-left terrorist group whom Martin is tasked to spy on.
    • Samia Muriel Chancrin as Sabine Baumgarten, Carl’s wife and accomplice.
    • Nicolai Borger [de] as Rolf, the hitman of the far-left terrorist group that Martin infiltrates.
    • Mike Davies as John Tyler, a CIA chief working in East Berlin.

Production

The initial funding grant of €700,000 ($780,000 US dollars) to UFA Fiction to begin production was approved by the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, and announced on 07 February 2019. In September 2019 RTL confirmed that shooting had begun and was expected to be completed in and around Berlin by the end of 2019.

The headquarters of the former Ministry for State Security (MfS) in Normannenstraße in Berlin is being used for shots on location and houses sets for the new series.

As with Deutschland 86, there is a production partnership with online service Amazon Video, who are providing additional funding. The announcement of Amazon’s support for Deutschland 89 came before the release of Deutschland 86.

Release

Since 25 September 2020, Amazon Prime Video has been streaming the eight new episodes in Germany and Austria. The show began airing in America on Sundance TV on 29 October 2020. The Australian streaming service Stan released the show on 25 September 2020. In the UK the show will air on More 4 from 05 March 2021.

Trivia

  • It was the first German-language series to air on a US network.
  • Filming took place in the actual Stasi Headquarters in East Berlin which is now a museum.
  • In the beginning of episode 3, Rose and Leonore speaks Afrikaans in order not to be understood.
  • Episode 3: dancing in club on mushrooms Martin has no scar on his left shoulder from being shot in ’86.

Deutschland Series

You can find a full index and overview of Deutschland here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Soleen Yusef … (8 episodes, 2020).
    • Randa Chahoud … (4 episodes, 2020).
  • Producer(s):
    • Steve Bailie … co-executive producer (8 episodes, 2020).
    • Philipp Driessen … co-executive producer (8 episodes, 2020.).
    • Tim Greve … line producer (8 episodes, 2020).
    • Naomi Marne … producer (8 episodes, 2020).
    • Daniel van den Berg … executive producer (8 episodes, 2020).
    • Sebastian Werninger … producer (8 episodes, 2020).
    • Anna Winger … producer (8 episodes, 2020).
    • Jörg Winger … producer (8 episodes, 2020).
  • Writer(s):
    • Anna Winger … (created by) (8 episodes, 2020).
    • Jörg Winger … (created by) (8 episodes, 2020).
    • Roger Drew … (3 episodes, 2020).
    • Ed Dyson … (3 episodes, 2020).
    • Steve Bailie … (2 episodes, 2020).
    • Lily Idov … (2 episodes, 2020).
    • Michael Idov … (2 episodes, 2020).
  • Music:
    • Reinhold Heil … (8 episodes, 2018).
  • Cinematography:
  • Editor(s):
    • Matthias Albrecht … (8 episodes, 2020).
    • Robert Stuprich … (8 episodes, 2020).
    • Yvonne Tetzlaff … (8 episodes, 2020).
  • Production:
    • UFA Fiction.
  • Distributor(s):
    • Amazon Prime Video (2020) (Germany) (video) (VOD).
    • Amazon Studios (2020) (World-wide) (all media).
    • Leonine Distribution (2021) (Germany) (Blu-ray).
    • Leonine Distribution (2021) (Germany) (DVD).
  • Release Date: 25 September 2020 (Germany) and 29 October 2020 to (US).
  • Running Time: 45-47 minutes.
  • Rating: 15.
  • Country: US and Germany.
  • Language: German and English (subtitles).

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