August brings the US premieres of 31 new series, seasons, and films from 9 countries, and much more.
To see the complete list of Euro TV shows available in the US and UK, see the Euro TV Shows by Language section. Viewers in the US can check the ongoing updates of titles released throughout each month on the Euro TV Viewing Guide page.
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Generation 56K (Generazione 56K) (Italy)
Set on Procida off the coast of Naples in southern Italy, this romantic comedy-drama follows four friends — Daniel (Angelo Spagnoletti, A Couple), Matilda (Cristina Cappelli, Twice), Luca (Gianluca Colucci, Don Matteo), and Sandro (Fabio Balsamo, Don Matteo) — whose lives are forever changed as teenagers in the late ’90s, when the internet finally becomes available on their small island.
Told from the points of view of Daniel and Matilda across two timelines, the series sees them forming a bond during the 56K modem era, and then meeting by chance and reconnecting via the internet twenty years later — leading them to remember when the internet landed in their lives and their hormones kicked in.
Costars include Biagio Forestieri (1993), Sebastiano Kiniger (The Ladies’ Paradise), Elena Starace (Gomorrah), and Claudia Tranchese (Gomorrah).
Generation 56K, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Thursday, July 1, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Young Royals (Sweden)
This coming-of-age drama centers on Prince Wilhelm (Edvin Ryding, Love Me, Gåsmamman, Miss Friman’s War), whose arrival at the prestigious boarding school Hillerska allows him to finally have an opportunity to explore his true self and find out what kind of life he really wants. He starts dreaming of a future filled with freedom and unconditional love, far away from his royal obligations — but when Wilhelm unexpectedly becomes next in line for the throne, his dilemma is heightened as he has to make a choice: love or duty.
Key cast members include Malte Gårdinger (The Sandhamn Murders), Frida Argento (Astrid), Pernilla August (The Investigation), and newcomers Omar Rudberg and Nikita Uggla. Also in the cast are Nathalie Varli, Felicia Truedsson (Anno 1790), Mimmi Cyon (The Hunters), Ingela Olsson (The Truth Will Out), Livia Millhagen (Veni Vidi Vici), and David Lenneman (Trapped).
Young Royals, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Thursday, July 1, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now at www.netflix.com/youngroyals.)
Mortel: Season 2 (France)
In horror series Mortel, three seemingly incompatible teenagers at a suburban high school — Sofiane (Carl Malapa, The Last Panthers), Victor (Némo Schiffman, Trepalium), and Luisa (Manon Bresch, Plus belle la vie) — find themselves bound together by a preternatural force.
The first season found the trio combining their new voodoo powers to find Sofiane’s brother, and discovering that friendship in high school is a means of survival. In Season 2, their friendship will be their greatest power.
Mortel: Season 2, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Friday, July 2, exclusively on Netflix.
Detective Montalbano: The Catalanotti Method (Il commissario Montalbano: Il metodo Catalanotti) (Italy)
Based on The Sicilian Method, the 26th “Inspector Montalbano Mystery” novel by the late, great Andrea Camilleri, this feature-length mystery story (directed by Zingaretti, following the death of longtime Montalbano director Alberto Sironi) finds Montalbano and his team investigating the stabbing murder of a local man, the founder of the amateur theater company in Vigàta. What they learn is that the victim had more going on than just acts in the realm of the performing arts. In other goings-on, Mimi haps upon a dead body while escaping notice by his mistress’s husband, and Salvo and co. have a new female colleague (played by Greta Scarano, The Vertical Line, Anti-Mafia Squad)…
Joining Zingaretti for one last hurrah are series regulars Cesare Bocci as Mimi, Peppino Mazzotta as Fazio, and Angelo Russo as Catarella, as well as Sonia Bergamasco as Livia.
Hidden: First Born (Hidden: Förstfödd) (Sweden)
Set in modern-day Stockholm, this fantasy thriller revolves around the “Hidden” people — individuals who look like us and live amongst us, but who have superpowers, which they come to realize after suffering a trauma. Izabella Scorupco (Goldeneye) stars as Viveca Eldh, a former cop-turned-guardian and protector of the Hidden people. One amongst them is Jonas Hellemyr (August Wittgenstein, Das Boot), who is saved by Viveca when he gets in trouble after discovering his own extraordinary powers.
Based on Filip Alexanderson’s critically-acclaimed novel Firstborn (Förstfödd), the series costars Anders Mossling (Love Me), Eric Ericson (Alex), Gizem Erdogan (Caliphate), Lisa Linnertorp (The Bridge), Rolf Lydahl (Bäckström), Pia Tjelta (State of Happiness), Simon J. Berger (Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves), and Alexandre Willaume (Rita).
The Voice of the Body (La voce del corpo) (Italy)
In this hour-long documentary presented by Evelyn Famà (Detective Montalbano), Rosario Petìx (Mafia Only Kills in Summer), and Vincenzo Volo (The Wait), viewers gain insight into Sicilians’ ability to use gestures and facial expressions to communicate.
Major Grom: Plague Doctor (Mayor Grom: Chumnoy Doktor) (Russia)
Based on Artem Gabrelyanov‘s comic book series of the same name, this crime drama follows renegade detective Major Igor Grom (Tikhon Zhiznevskiy, Hooked) and his rookie partner, Dima Dubin (Alexander Seteykin, The Cathedral), as they work to stop the Plague Doctor, a masked vigilante in St. Petersburg on a killing spree of individuals he deems to be corrupt miscreants.
Major Grom: Plague Doctor, a Netflix Film, premieres in the US on Wednesday, July 7, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
The Mire ’97 (Rojst) (Poland)
In the second season of this period crime thriller, set in 1997 (rather than the ’80s in Season 1), the flood of the century unearths another body in the Gronty forest, and with it comes corruption, scams, and long-hidden secrets from World War II.
Starring Dawid Ogrodnik (Television Theater) and Andrzej Seweryn (The King of Warsaw), The Mire ’97, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Wednesday, July 7, exclusively on Netflix.
Biohackers: Season 2 (Germany)
The new season of this sci-fi thriller opens with a blackout. Months after Mia (Luna Wedler, The Team) was abducted, she regains consciousness, but without any recollection of what happened. However, when she discovers a message she wrote to her future self, she comes to realize that her life is in imminent danger if she doesn’t solve the mystery of her own disappearance. In order to do so, she has to team up with renowned biologist Professor Tanja Lorenz (Jessica Schwarz, You Are Wanted), who seems to know more about what’s been going on and apparently is the only person who can help Mia. But can the two women trust each other after everything that’s happened?
Returning cast members include Adrian Julius Tillmann (SOKO Potsdam), Thomas Prenn (8 Days), Benno Fürmann (Babylon Berlin), Caro Cult (Babylon Berlin), Jing Xiang (Tatort), and Sebastian Jakob Doppelbauer (Niemandsland). Joining the Season 2 cast is Thomas Kretschmann (Das Boot, Avengers: Age of Ultron).
Biohackers: Season 2, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Friday, July 9, exclusively on Netflix.
The Cook of Castamar (La cocinera de Castamar) (Spain)
Based on Fernando J. Múñez‘s novel of the same name, this period drama set in 1720 Madrid follows Clara Belmonte (Michelle Jenner, Isabel, Cathedral of the Sea), who develops agoraphobia following the death of her father, who was accused of treason. Given her fear, she takes refuge in the kitchens of Diego, the Duke of Castamar (Roberto Enríquez, The Mess You Leave Behind, Locked Up), the widowed nobleman with whom Clara falls in love — against the wishes of the aristocrat’s family (natch).
Costars include Hugo Silva (The Ministry of Time), Maxi Iglesias (Valeria), María Hervás (The Barrier), Agnès Llobet (Cable Girls), Paula Usero (Velvet Colección), Jean Cruz (Mercado Central), Òscar Rabadán (Lifeline), and Mónica López (Hierro).
The Cook of Castamar premieres in the US on Friday, July 9, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
How I Became a Superhero (Comment je suis devenu super-héros) (France)
In this supernatural film, regular humans and those with superpowers coexist in the world. Then a mysterious new substance that provides super-human powers to mere mortals begins to spread. Faced with an increasing number of incidents, Lieutenants Moreau (Pio Marmaï, En thérapie) and Schaltzmann (Vimala Pons, Nicolas Le Floch) work to stop the trafficking of the drug with the help of former vigilantes Monte Carlo (Benoît Poelvoorde, Romantics Anonymous) and Callista (Leïla Bekhti, Midnight Sun). But Moreau’s past resurfaces, complicating the investigation.
How I Became a Superhero, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Friday, July 9, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Last Summer (Geçen Yaz) (Turkey)
Set during the summer of 1996 in Southern Turkey, this romance drama follows the story of a group of teenagers who are getting acquainted with love and life while accompanied by the sun, wind, rocky cliffs, endless waves, and hearts that will eventually taste sadness.
Deniz visits his parents’ summer house every year, but this year is different: He’s 16 and feeling new sensations, and he believes he’s mature enough to have his first sexual experience with his childhood crush, Asli. As Deniz tries to get closer to Asli, he sees that neighborhood hotshot Burak, a sporty and handsome young man, is all into Asli. As love blossoms for each character, so, too, will first heartbreaks and teenage awakening.
The film stars Ece Cesmioglu (Söz), Fatih Sahin (Follow the Money), Halit Ozgur Sari (The Protector), Aslihan Malbora (Sultan of My Heart), Sureyya Guzel (20 Dakika), and Kubilay Tuncer (Fatma).
Last Summer, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Friday, July 9, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Under Suspicion: Season 2 (Bajo sospecha) (Spain)
In the second and final season of this crime thriller, a young French doctor goes missing from the Montalbán Polyclinic Hospital just outside Madrid. She will not be the only person who vanishes. Two weeks later, the hospital’s head nurse is murdered. Police investigator Víctor Reyes (Yon González, Cable Girls, The Boarding School) goes undercover on the case, and ends up partnering with Alain Juillard (Hugo Becker, A Very Secret Service, Chefs), his French counterpart, who’s also working undercover to ascertain details about the French doctor’s disappearance.
Reprising their roles are Lluís Homar (Grand Hotel) as Police Superintendent Casas and Vicente Romero (Morocco: Love in Times of War) as Rafael Vidal. Joining the cast are Luisa Martín (Frágiles), Gonzalo de Castro (Killing the Father), Olivia Molina (The Barrier), Unax Ugalde (Unauthorized Living), and Sophie Leduc (Mar Sodupe, I Know Who You Are).
The Art of Crime: Season 4 (L’art du crime) (France)
Nicolas Gob (A French Village, Chefs) and Eléonore Bernheim (Murder In…, Maigret) return as detective Antoine Verlay and art historian Florence Chassagne for another season of this popular and addictive mystery series. In the first of two two-part whodunits, the pair investigate the murder of an historian and avid Van Gogh enthusiast. The second finds them delving into a murder case at the Moulin Rouge, one in which an amnesiac cabaret dancer with a fascination for Toulouse-Lautrec is the prime suspect. (Video is from Season 3)
Guest stars in the two stories include Vincent Londez (Lupin) as Vincent Van Gogh and Bruno Solo (Blood on the Docks) as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
Movie of the Week: The King, the Squirrel and the Grass Snake: Part 1 (Le roi, l’écureuil et la couleuvre) (France)
This two-part historical drama centers on the life of 17th century French nobleman Nicolas Fouquet (Lorànt Deutsch, No Second Chance), who was the Superintendent of Finances under King Louis XIV (Davy Sardou, Victor Young Perez). In Part 1, Fouquet has realized his dream and built his own castle. Here he hosts a sumptuous banquet in honor of Louis XIV — with no clue about how the extravagant event is going to backfire on him.
Costars include Thierry Frémont (Das Boot) as First Minister of State Jean-Baptiste Colbert, Jean-Pol Dubois (The Princess of Montpensier) as Chief Minister Cardinal Mazarin, and Sara Giraudeau (The Bureau) as Fouquet’s wife, Marie-Madeleine.
A Classic Horror Story (Una classica storia dell’orrore) (Italy)
This film follows five people who carpool together in an RV to head to their common destination. While on the road during the night, the driver swerves to avoid hitting a deer, and they crash into a tree. When they regain consciousness, they discover the road they were traveling on has vanished, and they find themselves in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by impenetrable woods in which a house sits in the middle of a clearing. In relatively short order, these now-stranded men and women discover that the house is the home of an unmentionable cult.
The cast includes Matilda Lutz (Medici), Francesco Russo (My Brilliant Friend), Peppino Mazzotta (Detective Montalbano), Yulia Sobol (Don Matteo), Will Merrick (Poldark), Alida Baldari Calabria (Pinocchio), and Cristina Donadio (Gomorrah).
A Classic Horror Story premieres globally on Wednesday, July 14, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
El Cid: Season 2 (Spain)
Jaime Lorente (Money Heist, Elite) returns as Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, aka El Cid, in the second season of this historical drama about the Castilian knight. Following the death of King Fernando and the assassination of the Count of León, disputes turn the Iberian peninsula into a bloody battlefield.
Costars include Álvaro Rico (Elite), Jaime Olías (Yo quisiera), Alicia Sanz (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series), Juan Echanove (The Zone), and Amparo Alcazar (The House of Snails).
El Cid: Season 2, an Amazon Original series, premieres globally on Thursday, July 15, exclusively on Prime Video.
The Last Wave (La dernière vague) (France)
Set in the quiet seaside town of Brizan in the Landes region of southwest France, this supernatural thriller sees everything change for the town and its residents on one fateful day. When a surge of clouds and a supersized wave collide during a surfing competition, it engulfs the participants, causing them to disappear. Five hours later, the surfers reappear unharmed, but with no recollection of what happened to them. Then each of them discovers they now possess inexplicable powers.
The cast includes David Kammenos (Family Business), Marie Dompnier (Witnesses), Arnaud Binard (Banking District), Lola Dewaere (Killer by the Lake), and Isabel Otero (Perfect Crimes).
Hanne Mathisen Haga (The River) stars in this Scandi noir crime thriller as Maja Angell, an aspiring criminology psychologist who believes the police in her hometown in Northern Norway have arrested the wrong man after a young girl is found killed at a camping resort. Unable to convince the police, Maja decides to leave college to delve into the dangerous case on her own — and into her own repressed childhood memories in the process — leading her to realize that the killer is closer than she ever imagined.
Costars include Stein Bjørn (The River), Eila Ballovara Varsi, Benjamin Noble (Beforeigners), Erik Hansen, Egil Keskitalo, and Erik Smith-Meyer (The River).
Movie of the Week: The King, the Squirrel and the Grass Snake: Part 2 (Le roi, l’écureuil et la couleuvre) (France)
In the final chapter of this historical drama, Louis XIV organizes with Colbert Fouquet’s arrest, carried out by musketeer d’Artagnan (Laurent Natrella, An Officer and a Spy). As Fouquet languishes in the Bastille while awaiting trial, Jean de la Fontaine (Alban Casterman, Spiral), Madame de Sévigné (Carole Richert, House of Rocheville), and others of his supporters campaign on his behalf, but to no avail. Ultimately, the trial is a travesty of the judicial process, and Fouquet is forced to live out his days in prison.
Chernobyl 1986 (Russia)
Based on actual events, this historical drama centers on the aftermath of the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power station. To prevent an even greater catastrophe from occurring, fireman Alexey (Danila Kozlovskiy, Vikings), engineer Valery (Filipp Avdeev, The Blackout), and military diver Boris (Nikolay Kozak, Ekaterina) descend into the depths of the reactor building, risking their lives to drain water from a reservoir under the burning reactor.
Chernobyl 1986, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Wednesday, July 21, exclusively on Netflix.
In this horror film, best friends Amélie (Mathilde Lamusse, A Tale of Love and Desire), Bintou (Suzy Bemba, L’Opéra), and Morjana (newcomer Samarcande Saadi), along with other neighborhood teens, are hanging out, having fun, and sharing scary stories and urban legends while on summer break. But after Amélie is assaulted by her ex, she remembers the story of Kandisha, a powerful and vengeful demon, and summons her. The next day, her ex is found dead. The legend is true, and now Kandisha is on a killing spree — and it’s up to the three girls to break the curse.
Blood Red Sky (Germany-US)
In this action-horror thriller, a woman with a mysterious illness is forced to act when a group of terrorists attempt to hijack an overnight transatlantic flight. In order to protect her son, she will have to reveal a dark secret — and unleash the inner monster she has fought to hide.
The film stars Graham McTavish (Outlander), Dominic Purcell (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Peri Baumeister (Skylines), Roland Møller (Sløborn), and Alexander Scheer (Gladbeck).
Blood Red Sky, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Friday, July 23, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Sky Rojo: Season 2 (Spain)
Following the events in Season 1, the new season of this adrenaline-filled action thriller finds former sex workers Coral (Verónica Sánchez, Morocco: Love in Times of War), Wendy (Lali Espósito, The Accused), and Gina (Yany Prado, La Reina Soy Yo) armed and dangerous and holding a huge grudge — ready to use their wiles and their weapons against their former pimp, Romeo (Asier Etxeandia, Velvet), and his henchmen, Moisés (Miguel Ángel Silvestre, 30 Coins) and Christian (Enric Auquer, Perfect Life).
From the creators of Money Heist, Sky Rojo: Season 2, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Friday, July 23, exclusively on Netflix.
Blood on the Docks: Season 2 (Deux flics sur les docks) (France)
Adapted from Graham Hurley‘s best-selling “Faraday and Winter” crime novels, this gritty cop drama follows inspectors Richard Faraday (Jean-Marc Barr, Bad Banks) and Paul Winckler (Bruno Solo, The Accident) as they battle criminals in the port city of Le Havre.
Season 2 finds the detectives and their colleagues investigating: two deaths that appear to be connected in several ways; the murder of an anesthesiologist and the abduction of a cosmetic surgeon who had worked together in the past; crimes in the wealthy and sporting circles of Le Havre, rather than on its docks; and the murder of a young priest and the discovery of a young black woman’s dead body. (Video is from Season 1)
Series regulars include Mata Gabin (Les petits meurtres d’Agatha Christie), Lisa Manil (Agatha Christie’s Family Murder Party), Emmanuel Salinger (A French Village), and Guillaume Viry (Amélie).
How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast): Season 3 (Germany)
In the new season of this crime comedy-drama, Lenny’s (Danilo Kamperidis, The Peppercorns) health takes a turn for the worse, so Moritz (Maximilian Mundt, Darktown) and Daniel (Damian Hardung, The Name of the Rose) put aside their differences to raise money for his treatment. But new threats loom. (Video is from Season 2)
How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast): Season 3, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Tuesday, July 27, exclusively on Netflix.
Movie of the Week: Stroke of Luck (Coût de chance) (France)
This drama stars Julie-Anne Roth (The Art of Crime) as Claire, a widowed single mother with two children and various odd jobs that barely bring in enough money for them to survive on. The threat of her children being placed into care looms large until Claire gets an offer she can’t refuse — one made after her son, Marius (Romann Berrux, Detectives), is hit by a car (but isn’t seriously injured).
In the vehicle were Michel Lacharrière (Yves Rénier, Dolmen) and his wife, Colette (Christiane Millet, Speakerine), a retired couple who, consumed by guilt over the accident, decide to help Claire by offering their guest house to her and her children. What Claire doesn’t realize is that, by accepting their offer, she is plunging into a different sort of downward spiral…
This crime drama sees Tomek Bartkowiak (Józef Pawlowski, The Teacher), a young MMA fighter, taking over the family nightclub after his brother dies in a car crash. From there he gets enmeshed in the criminal world — and learns his sibling’s death wasn’t an accident.
Costarring Zofia Domalik (Warsaw ’44), Szymon Bobrowski (Chylka), Bartłomiej Topa (Ultraviolet), and Janusz Chabior (Blinded by the Lights), Bartkowiak, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Wednesday, July 28, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
The Last Mercenary (Le dernier mercenaire) (France)
Jean-Claude Van Damme (JCVD, Double Impact) stars in this action comedy as Richard Brumère, aka “La Brume” (“The Mist”), a former French secret service special agent-turned-mercenary. The immunity he was granted 25 years ago for his son, Archibald (Samir Decazza, Validé), is lifted, so Brumère is back in the saddle. When a mob operation threatens Archibald’s life, Richard will have to reach out to his old contacts and join forces with a bunch of reckless youngsters from the projects and an offbeat bureaucrat to save his son — but mostly he must find the courage to let Archibald know that he’s his father.
The film costars Alban Ivanov (A Very Bad Friend), Assa Sylla (Mortel), Djimo (Replay), Patrick Timsit (The Art of Breaking Up), Éric Judor (H), Nassim Lyes (Marseille), Miou-Miou (Dry Cleaning), and Valérie Kaprisky (Breathless).
The Last Mercenary, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Friday, July 30, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Love, Inevitably (Lejos de ti) (Spain-Italy)
This bilingual (Spanish and Italian) romantic comedy series tells the story of Candela (Megan Montaner, 30 Coins, Velvet Colección) and Massimo (Alessandro Tiberi, Workers – Pronti a tutto, Boris), a dancer from Seville and an entrepreneur from Rome — two complete opposites who are destined to meet. What starts off as hate at first sight in Prague turns into thoughts and visions that each of them has of the other, not to mention paranormal phenomena that happen at the most inopportune moments, demanding their attention and manipulating their choices. In an effort to set these spirits and their souls at ease, Candela and Massimo will attempt to make their love a palpable reality.
The Immortal (L’immortale) (Italy)
This film is many things: It’s the origin story for Gomorrah‘s Ciro Di Marzio character, played by Marco D’Amore, thus making it a prequel of sorts to the mafia crime drama series. Its narrative also interacts with Season 4 and connects to Season 5. (Spoilers follow if you haven’t watched Season 3.)
Ciro’s backstory is told via flashbacks, and action in the historical timeline is interspersed wtih that of Ciro’s life in the post-Season 3 present, which finds him surviving Genny’s gunshot and moving to Latvia to serve as crime boss Don Aniello Pastore’s (Nello Mascia, Don Matteo) negotiator with Russian mob boss Yuri Dobeshenko (Aleksey Guskov, Silver Skates), with help from his childhood mentor, Bruno (Salvatore D’Onofrio, Il Divo). But Latvian gangs want a piece of the Italians’ action and cause trouble for Ciro — as do others…
The Immortal premieres in the US exclusively on HBO Max (date tba).
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The Guide to the Perfect Family (Le Guide de la famille parfaite) (Canada)
In this comedy-drama, a couple in Québec deals with the pitfalls, pressure, and high expectations of raising kids in a society obsessed with success and social media image.
The Guide to the Perfect Family premieres globally on Wednesday, July 14, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
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Ambition (První republika) (Czech Republic)
Set in the early 20th century in the newly formed Czechoslovakia, this period drama follows members of the aristocratic Valenta family. With the end of World War I, their car factory is in trouble and the family now faces uncertain times. But it is Valenta sons Jaroslav and Vladimir who are really putting the continuation of the family empire at risk. Jaroslav (Jirí Vyorálek, The Fury), the elder, feels that they should start trading in the black market, whereas his younger brother, Vladimir (Ján Koleník, Za sklom), shares neither his ambitions nor his business philosophy. What the two have in common is their love for Klara (Markéta Plánková, Mordparta).
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The Art of Crime: Season 1 (L’art du crime) (France)
This popular mystery series stars Nicolas Gob (A French Village) and Eléonore Bernheim (Murder In…) as detective Antoine Verlay and art historian Florence Chassagne, opposites who team up to investigate art-related crimes and homicides in Paris.
The Art of Crime: Season 1 begins streaming as a no-additional-charge Prime Video offering starting Thursday, July 1, through the end of the month.
Follow the Money: Season 1 (Bedrag) (Denmark)
This crime thriller takes viewers into the high-stakes world of economic crime — where speculators and swindlers, the greedy and the ambitious, commit all manner of crimes in their pursuit of wealth. Season 1 follows detectives Mads Justesen (Thomas Bo Larsen, The Lawyer) and Alf Rybjerg (Thomas Hwan, The Legacy) as they investigate a rapidly-expanding, billion-kroner Danish sustainable energy company and its CEO (played by Nikolaj Lie Kaas of The Killing and the “Department Q” films).
Follow the Money: Season 1 begins streaming as a no-additional-charge Prime Video offering starting Thursday, July 1, through the end of the month.
An Ordinary Woman: Season 1 (Obychnaya zhenshchina) (Russia)
This humorous drama stars Best Actress Award winner Anna Mikhalkova (To the Lake) as Marina, a flower shop owner who lives a seemingly ordinary, middle-class life in Moscow with her husband and children. But lurking beneath this manicured facade is her secret career of running a clandestine network of prostitutes, which is threatened following the death of one of her girls.
An Ordinary Woman: Season 1 begins streaming as a no-additional-charge Prime Video offering starting Thursday, July 1, through the end of the month.
Professor T: Season 1 (Belgium)
From the producers of Salamander comes this humorous crime drama starring Koen De Bouw (The Team) as Jasper Teerlinck, aka Professor T. — an eccentric criminal psychology professor and police advisor who’s like a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Gregory House. The man is an arrogant, insult-hurling genius who works with Inspectors Annelies Donckers (Ella Leyers, 13 Commandments) and Daan de Winter (Bart Hollanders, Callboys) to solve murders in Flanders.
Professor T: Season 1 begins streaming as a no-additional-charge Prime Video offering starting Thursday, July 1, through the end of the month.
The Same Sky (Der gleiche Himmel) (Germany)
Set in 1974, this espionage thriller tells the interconnected stories of families and individuals on both sides of the Berlin Wall. For East German “Romeo agent” Lars Weber (Tom Schilling, Generation War), his first assignment in West Berlin is to seduce Lauren Faber (Sophia Helin, The Bridge), a data analyst for the British Secret Service at the Devil’s Mountain Listening Station, in order to obtain classified intelligence information for the GDR. Then a setback forces his handler, Ralf Müller (Ben Becker, Tatort), to order Lars to target Lauren’s US counterpart, Sabine Cutter (Friederike Becht, Perfume).
Back in East Berlin, Lars’s father, Gregor (Jörg Schüttauf, Bad Banks) is keeping tabs on neighbors and others for the State, while Gregor’s brother, Conrad (Godehard Giese, Babylon Berlin), is stuck in a loveless marriage to Gita (Anja Kling, Freud), who sees their daughter Klara (Stephanie Amarell, Dark) as the family’s ticket to a better life. And Axel Lang (Hannes Wegener, Bukow and König), a closeted gay teacher at Conrad’s school, longs to escape to the West — and might found have a way to get there.
Movie of the Week: Arletty: A Guilty Passion (Arletty, une passion coupable) (France)
Set in German-occupied Paris during World War II, while filming is underway on Les Enfants du Paradis, this biopic-historical drama follows Arletty (Laetitia Casta, Arbitrage), a nonconformist actress who lives according to her desires rather than societal norms. When she falls under the charms of, and falls in love with, German officer Hans Jürgen Soehring (Ken Duken, Tempel), she must face the consequences of her actions — from being roundly condemned, to being imprisoned for treason.
Costars in the film include Marie-Josée Croze (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), Joséphine Draï (The Art of Crime), Marc Citti (Kaboul Kitchen), Natalia Dontcheva (Murder in…), and Vincent Nemeth (Nicolas Le Floch).
The Kid with a Bike (Le gamin au vélo) (Belgium-France-Italy)
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, this film delves into the emotional life of troubled 11-year-old Cyril (Thomas Doret, Black Spot). When his father abandons him, Cyril loses his only parent and his bike, and ends up in foster care. Thanks to the kindness of hairdresser Samantha (Cécile de France, The Young Pope), Cyril gets his bike back and has a proper home on the weekends — until he’s adopted by a criminal.
The Bridge: Season 1 (Bron/Broen) (Sweden-Denmark)
I don’t know about you, but I am over the moon that this critically-acclaimed series — one of the best crime dramas ever — will be streaming in the US again. In Season 1, what appears to be a woman’s dead body placed dead center across the border of Sweden and Denmark on the Øresund Bridge turns out to be the top and bottom halves of two women, one Swedish, the other Danish, thus necessitating the involvement of police from both countries.
Saga Norén (Sophia Helin, Atlantic Crossing, Mystery Road), a Swedish detective in Malmö, is forced to team up with Copenhagen-based Danish detective Martin Rohde (Kim Bodnia, Killing Eve, The Letter for the King) — a tense partnership that evolves into an unlikely yet deeply affectionate friendship. The investigation into the corpses is just the start for Saga and Martin, as their cross-border assignment will ultimately involve several more crimes and murders committed by the “Truth Terrorist.”
The cast includes Dag Malmberg (Spring Tide), Sarah Boberg (Below the Surface), Rafael Pettersson (Arne Dahl), Puk Scharbau (The Killing), Lars Simonsen (Follow the Money), and Emil Birk Hartmann (Swinger).
The Bridge: Season 2 (Bron/Broen) (Sweden-Denmark)
Opening roughly a year after that oh-my-gawd! Season 1 finale, Season 2 sees a tanker drifting directly into the Øresund Bridge. Aboard the crew-less vessel Saga (Sofia Helin) finds three Swedes and two Danes, chained and unconscious, and later asks Martin (Kim Bodnia) to partner with her on the case. Their investigation leads them to a group of eco-terrorists responsible for multiple deaths, but what the detectives don’t realize is that a much deadlier attack is in the offing. Meanwhile, Saga is adjusting to having a live-in boyfriend as Martin is hoping to reconcile with his wife.
Costars include Daniel Adolfsson (Lyckoviken), Julia Ragnarsson (Spring Tide), Johan Hedenberg (Johan Falk), Lotte Munk (The Eagle), Lotte Andersen (The Sommerdahl Murders), Tova Magnusson (The Restaurant), Vickie Bak Laursen (Rita), and Sven Ahlström (Wallander).
Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (Italy)
An Academy Award® nominee for Best Documentary Feature and the first nonfiction film to ever win the top prize at the Berlin International Film Festival, this documentary takes place in Lampedusa, a remote Mediterranean island that has become a major entry point for refugees into Europe. There we meet Samuele, a 12-year-old boy who lives simply, climbing rocks by the shore and playing with his slingshot. Nearby, we bear witness as thousands of men, women, and children risk their lives to make the brutal crossing from Africa.
My House Is Full of Mirrors (La mia casa è piena di specchi) (Italy)
Based on the memoir of Maria Scicolone, Sophia Loren’s younger sister, this autobiographical drama follows the stories of Sophia (Margareth Madè, Inspector Montalbano) and Maria (Gina Lapardhaja, Inspector Coliandro), whose paths in life could not be more different, as well as their mother, Romilda Villani, played by the Oscar® winner herself, Sophia Loren (Two Women).
Costars in the limited series include Enzo De Caro (Bulletproof Heart) as the sisters’ father, Riccardo Scicolone, and Giovanni Carta (Mafia Only Kills in Summer) as producer Carlo Ponti, who would eventually become Sophia’s husband.
The Bridge: Season 3 (Bron/Broen) (Sweden-Denmark)
Opening a year after the Season 2 finale, when Saga (Sofia Helin) did one of the most difficult things in her life, she teams up with a colleague of Martin to investigate the murder of a Danish national on Swedish soil — until an unexpected incident requires Henrik Sabroe (Thure Lindhardt, Seaside Hotel) to take over as Saga’s partner. As they delve into the original and subsequent murders, both have their own personal demons to deal with: the reappearance of Saga’s estranged mother in her life, and the mysterious disappearance of Henrik’s wife and two young daughters from his life six years ago.
Costars include Sonja Richter (Follow the Money), Maria Kulle (Miss Friman’s War), Sarah-Sofie Boussnina (Black Lake), Nicolas Bro (1864), Adam Pålsson (Before We Die), Louise Peterhoff (Blue Eyes), Reuben Sallmander (Irene Huss), Melinda Kinnaman (Modus), and Ann Petrén (Bonus Family).
The Half Brother (Halvbroren) (Norway)
Based on Lars Saabye Christensen‘s novel of the same name, this award-winning period drama, which spans the years 1945 to 1990, tells the story of one family through following the life of Barnum (Nicolai Cleve Broch, Acquitted). His older half-brother, Fred (Frank Kjosås, The Heavy Water War), was conceived when their mother was raped by an unknown man on V-E Day, which later sets Fred on a search to find his biological father. A conflict causes the half-brothers to become estranged and Fred eventually disappears, setting Barnum on a seach for him. Years after the family believed Fred to be dead, Barnum learns he is very much alive, and as the true identity of Fred’s father comes to light, the two half-brothers may once again be reunited.
Costars include Mariann Hole (Wisting), Marianne Nielsen (Odd & Maud), Jon Øigarden (Mammon), Agnes Kittelsen (Dag), Ola G. Furuseth (Struggle for Life), and Ghita Nørby (The Eagle).
The Bridge: Season 4 (Bron/Broen) (Sweden-Denmark)
Set two years after the Season 3 finale, the fourth and final season of The Bridge sees Saga (Sofia Helin) and Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) going their separate ways, but not before he brings her onto the Danish police’s investigation into what turns out to be a series of execution-style murders, and she continues her investigation into the disappearance of his wife and daughters.
Costars include Julie Carlsen (Ride Upon the Storm), Mikael Birkkjær (Borgen), Thomas W. Gabrielsson (The Protectors), Sandra Yi Sencindiver (Bäckström), Anders Mossling (Love Me), Fanny Bornedal (Equinox), Iris Mealor Olsen (Første Gang), Lars Ranthe (Seaside Hotel), and Charlotte Fich (Unit One).
Header photo credits: Bartkowiak courtesy of Netflix; Blood on the Docks courtesy of MHz Choice; The Mire ’97 (photo by Robert Palka) courtesy of Netflix; Outlier © Copyright Acorn TV
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