MHz Choice has announced its June 2021 slate, which includes Chilean drama Caravan of Death, Russian thriller Sekta, and German war drama Turncoat.
June 2021 will see the premieres of new and returning series on MHz Choice, the streaming service dedicated to providing international programs for audiences in the US and Canada.
Caravan of Death and Sekta are the first series from Chile and Russia, respectively, for MHz Choice, while Turncoat and a new episode of Allmen, along with a new season of The Art of Crime and more French films under the “Movie of the Week” banner, continue the streamer’s investment in Euro TV programs from Germany and France.
The schedule is as follows:
The Art of Crime: Season 3 (L’art du crime) (France)
This popular mystery series returns with a new season starring Nicolas Gob (A French Village, Chefs) as detective Antoine Verlay and Eléonore Bernheim (Murder In…, Maigret) as art historian Florence Chassagne — mismatched investigators who chase down missing paintings and solve murders in Paris.
Movie of the Week: Raining Cats and Dogs (Temps de Chien!) (France)
In this dramedy, two down-on-their-luck strangers — 50-something bateau-mouche captain Jean (Philippe Rebbot, Madame Claude, Agatha Christie’s Criminal Games) and struggling young musician Victor (Pablo Pauly, Bureau of Sexist Affairs, Caïn) — become improbable companions in misfortune who together create the foundation for better days ahead.
Movie of the Week: Surveillance (France)
Based on Régis Sérange’s autobiographical book Flic de supermarché, this Big Brother-ish thriller stars Thomas Jouannet (Murder in… Arcachon, Magellan) as Pierre Solvy, hired by a surveillance company to implement and oversee a superstore’s security. Pierre soon learns that his bosses expect him to do more than nab shoplifting suspects: Using the closed circuit cameras, he is obliged to watch the customers and to spy on the employees. But then he discovers something he wasn’t supposed to, and becomes a threat to the system he helped to create.
In this eight-episode thriller, Svetlana Khodchenkova (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Wolverine) plays Lilya, a nurse with a traumatic past with cults, who is recruited to help deprogram rescued sect members by a psychotherapist (Evgeny Koriakovsky, Attraction). However, their latest assignment pushes them to the brink.
Allmen: The Mystery of the Dahlias (Allmen und das Geheimnis der Dahlien) (Germany)
Based on Swiss author Martin Suter’s humorous “Allmen” novels, this series of feature-length mysteries returns with a new movie starring Heino Ferch (Anatomy of Evil, Kennedy’s Brain) as gentleman art thief-turned-amateur sleuth-turned professional investigator Johann Friedrich von Allmen, and Samuel Finzi (Flemming, Tatort: Borowski) as Allmen’s loyal and trusted Guatemalan valet, Carlos.
Movie of the Week: Welcome, Kaniusha (Le choix d’Adèle) (France)
César Awards winner Miou-Miou (La dérobade) stars in this drama as Adèle, a widowed teacher who goes the distance to help Kaniousha (Luàna Bajrami, Portrait of a Lady on Fire), a new student whose Albanian family is threatened with deportation.
Turncoat (Der Überläufer) (Germany)
Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Siegfried Lenz, this World War II drama, which won the 2020 Seoul International Drama Awards for Best TV Movie, will be shown in four installments on MHz Choice. The story centers on Walter Proska (Jannis Niewöhner, Beat, Maximillian), a young Wehrmacht soldier who, torn between a sense of duty, guilt and his own conscience, ultimately defects to fight with the Red Army. Costars include Bjarne Mädel (Crime Scene Cleaner) and Florian Lukas (The Weissensee Saga).
Caravan of Death (Ecos del Desierto) (Chile)
This historical drama is based on the real-life story of Carmen Hertz, a human rights lawyer who spent 40 years fighting to get justice for her husband’s 1973 political execution, one of many led by Chile’s infamous leader, Augusto Pinochet, and carried out by the Chilean Army assassination squad known as the “Caravan of Death.”
Movie of the Week: Passage of Desire (Passage du désir) (France)
In this telefilm, the first of two under the “Passage of Desire” series, retired police detective Lola Jost (Muriel Robin, Captain Marleau, Call My Agent!) and her neighbor, Ingrid Diesel (Fatou N’Diaye, Spiral, Maison Close), investigate the murder of a young social worker in their neighborhood of Paris’s 10th arrondissement.
Movie of the Week: The Secret of Manta Corridor (Le secret de Manta Corridor) (France)
The second and final “Passage of Desire” telefilm finds Lola and Ingrid (now played by Anne Le Nen, Antigone 34) are asked to investigate the disappearance of a hair salon employee — an inquiry that takes them to Indonesia and the dangerous and mysterious reefs of the Manta Corridor.
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