Yowzah! September brings 45 new Euro TV series, seasons, and films to the US, plus three titles debuting on linear TV and four returning/being added to streaming.
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.
All programs listed here are shown in their original language with English subtitles, except where noted. The trailers below, which may or may not have English subtitles, might not be suitable for all audiences; viewer discretion is advised.
Programs and dates are subject to change without prior notice.
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Off the Hook (Détox) (France)
In this new comedy series, roommates Léa (Tiphaine Daviot, Black Spot) and Manon (Manon Azem, They Were Ten) realize they both have a toxic relationship to the Internet, so they decide to do the unthinkable: abandon all devices for 30 days.
Off the Hook, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Thursday, September 1, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
The Festival of Troubadours (Asiklar Bayrami) (Turkey)
Based on the eponymous novel by Kemal Varol, this drama sees an unexpected reunion between a traveling musician and his son open old wounds as the two set out on a long journey to a troubadour festival.
Starring Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ (Yakamoz S-245) and Settar Tanrıöğen (Ethos), The Festival of Troubadours, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Friday, September 2, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
The Room (La sala) (Spain)
Francesc Garrido (I Know Who You Are, The Time in Between) stars in this mystery-crime drama series as Yago Costa, once considered the best police investigator — until he committed murder. Now in prison, Costa intends to tell the world why he did it. In order to do so, he will gradually reveal the ins and outs of his cases to Sara Sibilio (Natalia Rodríguez, High Seas), a young and ambitious journalist.
Costarring Raúl Prieto (Velvet Colección), Goya Toledo (Veneno), and Mari Carmen Sánchez (Money Heist), The Room premieres in the US and Canada on Friday, September 2, exclusively on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel and the Walter Presents digital channels.
You’re Nothing Special (Tú no eres especial) (Spain)
Dèlia Brufau (The Hockey Girls) stars in this comedy series as Amaia, a teen girl who, after moving from Barcelona to her mother’s hometown, becomes the center of a rumor spreading at school. Kids say that Amaia has inherited powers from her grandmother — powers of magic!
You’re Nothing Special, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Friday, September 2, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Movie of the Week: Season 4 (France)
This anthology series returns with 16 French movies, from dramas and comedies, to fantasy and mystery titles. With one debuting each week, we’ll have enough to take us through the end of the year.
UFOs: Season 1 (OVNI(s)) (France)
Set in 1978, this sci-fi comedy series follows Didier Mathure (Melvil Poupaud, Laurence Anyways), a space engineer whose expensive government-funded rocket explodes on takeoff. With his career on the verge of imploding, Didier is given the chance to get back into the good graces of the national space program through a new role: as the head of an eccentric research group tasked with finding scientific explanations for UFO sightings. Then an extraordinary event upsets his certainties and opens the door to a world where nothing is impossible…
Written and directed by Tuva Novotny (Crimes of Passion, Nobel) and narrated through humorous dioramas, this dramedy follows the story of Frida (Pia Tjelta, State of Happiness, Norsemen) and Björn (David Dencik, The Chestnut Man, Quicksand), a loving couple and parents of three kids. However, miscommunication and temptations abound, causing their once-passionate marriage to slowly unravel.
Costarring Claes Bang (Bad Sisters), Sverrir Gudnason (Wallander), and Shanti Roney (Arne Dahl), Diorama, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Thursday, September 8, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Entrapped (Ófærð) (Iceland)
Picking up two years after the finale of Icelandic crime drama Trapped: Season 2, this sequel series sees cops Andri (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, The Minister, The Tourist) and Hinrika (Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir, (Trapped, Sisterhood) investigate the murder of a cult member linked to a land dispute and a woman’s 2013 disappearance. In so doing, they get drawn into a war in the remote highlands, where two rival groups fight over specific pieces of land, but for very different reasons.
Members of the Extended Family, a peaceful, neopagan sect led by its founder and spiritual leader, Oddur (Egill Ólafsson), have raised camp on the land, see the land as sacred, and want to remain here to be close to their heathen gods. Also laying claim to the sacred site is a group of Icelandic bikers led by an angry young man, Gunnar (Haraldur Stefánsson). In order to take ownership of the land, Gunnar calls for backup, and soon a group of Danish bikers, led by Hopper (Thomas Bo Larsen), arrives by ferry. The clash between the sect and the biker gang leads to the death of a young man who was known to Andri, the discovery of multiple dead bodies, and more…
Costarring Egill Ólafsson (The Court), Haraldur Stefánsson (Katla), Björn Hlynur Haraldsson (Fortitude), and Thomas Bo Larsen (Follow the Money), Entrapped, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Thursday, September 8, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Last Light (US-France)
Based on Alex Scarrow‘s best-selling novel of the same name, this thriller stars Matthew Fox (Lost, Party of Five) as Andy Yeats, an American ex-pat in London and one of the world’s leading petro-chemical engineers. He knows how dependent the world is on oil; if something were to happen to the world’s oil supply, it would set off a chain reaction: transportation would grind to a halt, supplies would cease to be delivered, law enforcement would be overwhelmed.
While on a business trip to the Middle East, Andy realizes that his worst fears are coming true, and his family is separated at this crucial moment. His daughter, Laura (Alyth Ross, Traces), a university student, is alone at home in London, while his wife, Elena (Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey, Liar), and eight-year-old son, Sam (Taylor Fay, The Making of Alex), are in Paris for a surgery. Amid this chaos, each family member will sacrifice everything to find one another, despite the distance and the dangers that separate them.
Featuring Amber Rose Revah (The Punisher), Victor Alli (Belfast), Tom Wlaschiha (Game of Thrones), and Hakeem Jomah (Rashash), Last Light, a Peacock Original, premieres in the US as a five-episode binge drop on Thursday, September 8, exclusively on Peacock.
The Rope (La Corde) (France)
In this fantasy thriller miniseries, a small, international group of research scientists on a remote base in Norway uncovers a mysterious, seemingly endless rope that snakes around their observatory and disappears into the vast expanse of surrounding forest. As their initial fascination transforms into a quest to unravel the mystery, all will be confronted with the life-changing consequences of their choices.
The three-episode series stars Suzanne Clément (The Forest), Jean-Marc Barr (Blood on the Docks), Christa Théret (Maximilian), Tom Mercier (We Are Who We Are), Richard Sammel (A French Village), and Jakob Cedergren (The Sandhamn Murders), amongst others.
Merlí. Sapere Aude: Season 2 (Spain)
In the second season of this Merlí spinoff young adult drama, Pol (Carlos Cuevas, Someone Has to Die, 45 rpm) struggles to find a new normal after receiving life-altering news. Meanwhile, his classmates navigate their own personal and academic obstacles.
Merlí. Sapere Aude: Season 2, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Friday, September 9, exclusively on Netflix.
No Limit (Sous Emprise) (France)
This romantic drama follows Roxana (Camille Rowe, Now Is Everything), a student and talented diver who up and leaves Paris for the south of France, where a free-diving course becomes the catalyst for her deep, destructive love with Pascal (Sofiane Zermani, Savages), her record-holding free-diving instructor.
No Limit, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Friday, September 9, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Truth (La verdad) (Spain)
Elena Rivera (Alba, Heirs to the Land) stars in this mystery drama as Paula Garcia, a beautiful and enigmatic seventeen-year-old girl who resurfaces as mysteriously as when she disappeared eight years ago. Is Paula who she claims to be? People want to know, including Marcos Eguía (Jon Kortajarena, High Seas), a young and ambitious cop who delves into Paula’s case, and Lalo Ruiz (José Luis García Pérez, The Longest Night), a veteran journalist who covered the story of her disappearance. While Lalo asserts that Paula’s parents, Lidia (Lydia Bosch, Grand Hotel) and Fernando (Ginés García Millán, Cathedral of the Sea), accepted Paula’s return with no questions asked because they’re hiding something, Marcos struggles with both the investigation and his attraction to Paula.
The Alligator (L’alligatore) (Italy)
Based on the “Alligator Mystery” novels by Massimo Carlotto, this noir crime drama centers on Marco Buratti (Matteo Martani, The Bastards of Pizzofalcone), a former blues singer who spent seven years behind bars for crimes he didn’t commit. Now released from prison, and with a newfound passion for justice, Marco embarks on a career as a private eye, using his hard-earned skills and underworld connections to good advantage.
Bukow & König: Season 5 (Polizeiruf 110) (Germany)
Charly Hübner (Tatort) and Anneke Kim Sarnau (Crime Scene Cleaner) will be back as Alexander Bukow and Katrin König — he a veteran cop who doesn’t mind working at the edge of the law to get results, she an analyst and profiler esteemed for her assessments and professionalism — in Episodes 22 and 23 of this police procedural series set in the city of Rostock.
The Diplomat (Die Diplomatin) (Germany)
Set in the world of high-stakes international diplomacy, this series returns with another trilogy of crime dramas starring Natalia Wörner (Berlin Station) as Karla Lorenz, a diplomat with the Federal Foreign Office who travels all over the world to help German citizens in emergency situations. (Video is from Season 1)
Tatort: Streets of Berlin (Germany)
Meret Becker (Babylon Berlin) and Mark Waschke (Dark) return for three new episodes of this crime drama as Inspectors Nina Rubin and Robert Karow. She’s a tough but compassionate and understanding cop, while he’s a cool, rational thinker with a healthy dose of mistrust for anyone and anything. Together they make a dysfunctional yet effective crime-fighting duo.
Broad Peak (Poland)
Ireneusz Czop (The Defence, The Mire, Ultraviolet) stars in this biopic-historical drama as legendary Polish mountaineer Maciej Berbeka, who makes the first winter ascent of Broad Peak and cheats death by mere inches in 1988, according to expedition leader Andrzej Zawada (Tomasz Sapryk, The Taming of the Shrewd). However, it is later revealed that Berbeka didn’t actually reach the peak, only the Rocky Summit, twenty meters below. Resentful of his friends’ lies, Berbeka withdraws from mountaineering.
Fast forward a quarter-century, when Krzysztof Wielicki (Lukasz Simlat, Furioza), another participant in the first expedition, contacts Berbeka. With the statement, “We have to finish what we started,” Wielicki attempts to persuade Berbeka to join the next expedition to Broad Peak. He succeeds. For Berbeka, returning to one of the most dangerous mountains in the world isn’t just about reaching the peak. It’s about finishing what he started, clearing his good name, and fighting for his honor.
The cast includes Dawid Ogrodnik (How I Fell in Love with a Gangster), Maja Ostaszewska (Klangor), Marcin Czarnik (The Witcher), Piotr Glowacki (The Woods), Maciej Raniszewski (The Teacher), and Maciej Kulig (Komisarz Alex).
Broad Peak, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Wednesday, September 14, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
The Catholic School (La scuola cattolica) (Italy)
Set in 1975, this true-crime drama follows Angelo (newcomer Luca Vergoni), Gianni (Francesco Cavallo, My Brother, My Sister), and Andrea (Giulio Pranno, All My Crazy Love) — three students at a prestigious all-male Catholic high school in Rome, who commit a horrifying crime that shocks their classmates and community and becomes known as the Circeo Massacre.
The Catholic School, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Wednesday, September 14, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
The Lørenskog Disappearance (Forsvinningen på Lørenskog) (Norway)
Based on real events, this true-crime drama centers on the Norwegian police who must deal with the frenzied press and deceitful informants to find the truth about the disappearance of a billionaire’s wife. Starring Yngvild Støen Grotmol (Ride Upon the Storm), Henrik Rafaelsen (Acquitted), and Christian Rubeck (The Heavy Water War), The Lørenskog Disappearance, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Wednesday, September 14, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
The Light in the Hall (Y Golau) (Wales)
In this psychological thriller, following the disappearance of 15-year-old Ela Roberts in 2002, Joe Pritchard (Iwan Rheon, Game of Thrones, Misfits) was arrested after her DNA was found in his caravan and he confessed to her murder, although he did not disclose the whereabouts of her body. When the news breaks that Joe is about to be released from prison after 18 years — much to the horror of Ela’s mother, Sharon (Joanna Scanlan, The Larkins, No Offence) — journalist Cat Donato (Alexandra Roach, Killing Eve, No Offence) decides to return to Llanemlyn to discover the truth about Ela’s final days once and for all. But will Cat be warmly welcomed back in the town where she grew up? Sharon is also desperate for answers, and she’ll go to any lengths to get them.
The Light In The Hall premieres in the US and Canada in its six-episode entirety on Thursday, September 15, exclusively on Sundance Now and its digital channels, including Sundance Now on Amazon, AMC+, and AMC+ on Amazon.
Speak No Evil (Gæsterne) (Denmark-Netherlands)
This psychological horror thriller follows two families, one Danish and one Dutch, who meet and become fast friends while on holiday in Tuscany. Months later, the free-spirited Dutch family extends an invitation to the more conservative Danish one for a holiday weekend getaway at their countryside home. But things gradually get out of hand as the joy of reunion is replaced with misunderstandings. The Dutch hospitality quickly turns unnerving for the Danes, and the latter find themselves increasingly caught in a web of their own politeness in the face of eccentric — or is it sinister? — behavior.
Morten Burian (Follow the Money, Dicte) and Sidsel Siem Koch (Borgen, Seaside Hotel) play the Danish couple, Bjørn and Louise, and Fedja van Huêt (Amsterdam Undercover, The Adulterer) and Karina Smulders (Women of the Night, The Neighbors) portray the Dutch couple, Patrick and Karin.
In advance of its national theatrical rollout, Speak No Evil has its streaming premiere in the US and Canada on Thursday, September 15, exclusively on Shudder and its digital channels, including Shudder on Amazon, AMC+, and AMC+ on Amazon.
Terim (Grande Terim) (Turkey)
In this new docuseries, legendary manager Fatih Terim recounts his football journey — from his playing days, to coaching and leading several teams to championship glory.
Terim, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Thursday, September 15, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
White Sands (Hvide Sande) (Denmark)
In this “beach noir” mystery-crime drama series, a young German man is murdered in the tourist paradise of Hvide Sande. Although the Danish police conduct an investigation, the German authorities are not satisfied with it, so they set their own inquiry in motion by sending Danish undercover cop Helene Falck (Marie Bach Hansen, The Team, The Legacy) and Danish-German homicide detective Thomas Beckmann (Carsten Bjørnlund, Rita, The Killing) to the seaside town to conduct an undercover investigation while posing as a married couple. But the two quickly realize that being credible in the roles of husband and wife isn’t easy when you’re used to being alone.
Mirror, Mirror (Espejo, Espejo) (Spain)
This comedy film centers on four employees of a cosmetics company celebrating its 50th anniversary — Álvaro (Santi Millán, Welcome to the Family), Cristina (Malena Alterio, Dangerous Moms), Paula (Natalia de Molina, Under Suspicion), and Alberto (Carlos Areces, The Countryside) — who grapple with their respective desires by arguing with themselves in the mirror.
Mirror, Mirror, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Friday, September 16, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
This action-crime thriller, the first drama series filmed between Spain and Brazil, tells the story of Santo, a drug trafficker whose face has never been revealed. Cardona (Bruno Gagliasso, Rising Sun, Ambitious Women) and Millán (Raúl Arévalo, The Embassy, Velvet), the two radically different cops who are after Santo, will have to learn to work together in order to solve the case and stay alive in the process.
Costarring Victoria Guerra (Glória), Greta Fernández (30 Coins), Luiz Felipe Lucas (Jailers), and María Vázquez (Unauthorized Living), Santo, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Friday, September 16, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
The Silence of Water: Season 1 (Il silenzio dell’acqua) (Italy)
The story arc for the first season of this mystery-crime drama revolves around the disappearance of Laura Mancini, a sixteen-year-old girl from the quiet seaside town of Castel Marciano. Leading the police investigation is Deputy Commissioner Andrea Baldini (Giorgio Pasotti, Captain Maria), who, along with colleagues Luisa Ferrari (Ambra Angiolini, The Ignorant Angels) and Dino Marinelli (Claudio Castrogiovanni, The Hunter), uncovers dark secrets hidden behind the respectable facade of the small village.
Costarring Thomas Trabacchi (Thou Shalt Not Kill), Camilla Filippi (The Trial), and Fausto Maria Sciarappa (The Alligator), The Silence of Water: Season 1 premieres in the US and Canada on Friday, September 16, exclusively on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel and the Walter Presents digital channels.
Bäckström: Season 2 (Sweden)
Based on Leif GW Persson’s novel Can You Die Twice?, the new season of this mystery-crime drama sees detective Evert Bäckström (Kjell Bergqvist, Sprung Tide, 30 Degrees in February) still making tabloid headlines with his ability to solve murders quickly and efficiently — and arrogantly. But when his rival, celebrity lawyer Tomas Eriksson (Jens Hultén, Johan Falk), is murdered, it proves difficult not to let emotions interfere with the investigation. The evidence points in multiple directions, and before long, more dead bodies are found.
The motive connecting the murders seems to be an old music box from Russia depicting the storybook character Pinocchio, worth 300 million kronor. Lies abound, and it doesn’t take long before Bäckström himself starts to hide things from his colleagues in the police department. He wants to solve the crime and claim Pinocchio for himself. His friend, art expert G Gurra (Anders Mossling, The Sommerdahl Murders), is going to help him get it. But everything becomes complicated when Ankan (Agnes Lindström Bolmgren, The Restaurant) begins to seriously question Bäckström’s leadership — and honesty. In the end, Bäckström’s greed puts him in real danger.
Arc de Triomphe (France)
This one-off documentary tells the story of the Arc de Triomphe, one of Paris’s most visited monuments and an enduring witness to history.
Adapted from an original story by screenwriter and author Gwenno Hughes, this drama centers on Noni (Gwyneth Keyworth, Hidden, The Crown), whose future with Deniz (Memet Ali Alabora, Keeping Faith) looks bright as they build a new life together in Cardiff. But a chance encounter with another man — one she believes is her late husband Tim, who was killed in a fire, or someone who looks very much like him — risks destroying the new life she’s worked so hard to build. The six-episode drama costars Richard Harrington (Hinterland).
Paris Police 1900 (France)
Set in Paris at the turn of the 20th century, against the opulence of La Belle Epoque, this sweeping period crime drama weaves the Dreyfus Affair and the growing antisemitism in France into the backdrop of the story, which follows the police investigation into the murder of an unknown woman found in a suitcase floating in the Seine. Young and ambitious Inspector Antoine Jouin (Jérémie Lahuerta, Iskander) ends up investigating more than a murder as he uncovers state secrets and corruption.
Fortune Seller: A TV Scam (Wanna) (Italy)
This docuseries centers on Wanna Marchi and her daughter, Stefania Nobile — savvy saleswomen who became the undisputed queens of Italian TV shopping, until they went too far by conning countless people with their scams and landed themselves in prison.
Fortune Seller: A TV Scam, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Wednesday, September 21, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
The Perfumier (Der Parfumeur) (Germany)
Emilia Schüle (The Berlin Dance School), Ludwig Simon (We Are the Wave), and Robert Finster (Freud) star in this crime thriller, in which a detective, in order to regain both her sense of smell and her lover, joins forces with a perfume maker who uses deadly methods to create the perfect scent.
The Perfumier, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Wednesday, September 21, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
This drama series explores the complex relationships between the identities, aspirations, physical appearances, and sexual orientations of a group of teenagers. It centers on the journey of self-discovery of Andrea and Marco (newcomer Mattia Carrano), identical twins with very different approaches to life, and weaves in their group of friends, all of whom are looking for their place in an ever-changing world.
Prisma, an Amazon Original, premieres globally on Wednesday, September 21, exclusively on Prime Video.
Snabba Cash: Season 2 (Sweden)
Set a year after the events in Season 1, the new season of this crime drama finds Leya one of Sweden’s hottest stars in the startup scene. With an IPO for her company, Target Coach, just around the corner, she seems more successful than ever. But underneath, Leya is tormented by the memories of Salim.
Elsewhere in the city, a newly-divorced Jamal (Ardalan Esmaili, Black Crab) is the operations manager at Leya’s old elementary school, where he is fighting to give his young students better opportunities and management is continuing to cut the budget. Meanwhile, goings-on on the streets are more brutal than ever. Ravy (Dada Fungula Bozela, The Triggermen) is up against the wall, pressured by the police and their new methods as well as by his new competitor, Zaki (Adam Kais, Bullets). The market is screaming for more drugs and the cartels are ready to deliver, but the gangs are lacking young dealers.
Against her will, Leya is reminded about her previous connections with the underworld, and once again, she crosses paths with Ravy, Nala (Ayaan Ahmed, Ligga), and Osman (Khalil Ghazal, Stammisar) — all in the relentless and ruthless pursuit of easy money.
Snabba Cash: Season 2, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Thursday, September 22, exclusively on Netflix.
Dali Benssalah (Algiers Confidential), newcomer Sami Slimane, and Ouassini Embarek (The Eddy) lead the cast of this action thriller, in which the death of a young man sparks tension between siblings and triggers chaos in the community. Hours after the tragic death of his youngest brother following an alleged police altercation, Abdel (Benssalah) is called back from the frontline to find his family torn apart. Caught between his younger brother Karim’s (Slimane) desire for revenge and the criminal dealings of his older brother, Moktar (Embarek), Abdel struggles to calm the rising tensions. As the situation escalates, their community, Athena, is transformed into a fortress under siege, becoming a scene of tragedy for the family and beyond.
Athena, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Friday, September 23, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
The Girls at the Back (Las de la última fila) (Spain)
This comedy-drama series centers on five 30-year-olds, close friends since school, who go on a one-week getaway together every year, without exception. This year, though, something has come up that will force them to invent new rules of the game: One of them has been diagnosed with cancer.
The six-episode series stars Itsaso Arana (High Seas), Mónica Miranda (I Can Quit Whenever I Want), María Rodríguez Soto (Heirs to the Land), Mariona Terés (Wrong Side of the Tracks), and Godeliv Van den Brandt (Sky Rojo). Guest stars include Javier Rey (Cocaine Coast), Macarena García (The Ministry of Time), Michelle Jenner (Heirs to the Land), Carmen Machi (Criminal: Spain), Antonio de la Torre (The Endless Trench), and Melina Matthews (The Plague).
The Girls at the Back, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Friday, September 23, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
1989: A Spy Story (Wendezeit) (Germany)
Petra Schmidt-Schaller (Marnow Murders) stars in this period thriller TV movie as Saskia Starke, a Stasi mole working at the US Embassy in West Berlin in October 1989. Then the Wall falls, and Saskia, actually a double agent, is targeted by the CIA.
Don Matteo: Season 11 (Italy)
This fan-favorite mystery series stars Terence Hill as Don Matteo, an ordinary Catholic priest with an extraordinary ability to read people and solve crimes. (Video is from Season 9)
The Empress (Die Kaiserin) (Germany)
This biopic-historical drama series tells the royal love story of Elisabeth (Devrim Lingnau, Allmen, Auerhaus) and young ruler Franz (Philip Froissant, Black Island), and offers a glimpse into the inner turmoil of Elisabeth, a nonconformist battling tradition and state conventions and fighting for her individuality and freedom.
When the rebellious Elisabeth, Princess of Bavaria (aka Sisi), meets Franz, the young Emperor of Austria, it’s love at first sight. But their impetuous relationship causes chaos in the Austrian dynasty and upsets the balance of power. After the wedding, the young Empress has to find her place in a totally foreign world while standing her ground against her overbearing mother-in-law, Sophie — until now the most powerful woman in the Viennese Court.
Meanwhile, Elisabeth’s feelings are put to the test by Maximilian, the second-in-line who lives perpetually in his brother’s shadow. As hostile troops gather at the borders of the Habsburg Empire and revolution is in the air in Vienna, Elisabeth will have to learn who she can trust and the price she must pay for being the Empress and a symbol of hope for an entire nation.
The cast includes Melika Foroutan (Tribes of Europa), Johannes Nussbaum (Shades of Guilt), Elisa Schlott (Our Miracle Years), Jördis Triebel (Babylon Berlin), Wiebke Puls (Tatort: Munich), and Almila Bagriacik (4 Blocks).
The Empress, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Thursday, September 29, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
The Dark Heart (Mörkt Hjärta) (Sweden)
Based on Joakim Palmkvist’ eponymous novel, this five-part true-crime drama is a psychological thriller about love, greed, and power. Sanna (Clara Christiansson Drake, Gåsmamman) and Marcus (Gustav Lindh, Älska mig) are deeply in love, having grown up on two nearby farms in southern Sweden. While her father, Bengt (Peter Andersson, The Unlikely Murderer), is a powerful millionaire in the village, his family is penniless.
Disapproving of their relationship, Bengt gives Sanna an ultimatum: leave Marcus or lose her inheritance. The next day, Bengt disappears. Two years later, the police still have little to go on, so the organization Missing People is contacted. Private investigator Tanja Thorell (Aliette Opheim, Thicker Than Water) becomes obsessed with the case, and to solve it she starts seeing Marcus, risking her own life in the process.
The Dark Heart premieres in the US and Canada with its first two episodes on Thursday, September 29, exclusively on Topic and its digital channels, including Topic on Amazon. New episodes will debut weekly through October 20.
Human Playground (Netherlands)
Executive produced by Idris Elba (who also does the voiceovers), this docuseries demonstrates the universal need to play. For the first time, modern and traditional sports come together in an edge-of-your-seat overview of humankind striving for physical greatness and epic exhilaration. Human Playground, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Friday, September 30, exclusively on Netflix.
Rainbow (El maravilloso Mago de Oz) (Spain)
Inspired by the literary classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, this coming-of-age drama centers on Dora, a teenager with an extraordinary talent for music and an inner energy difficult to contain. After a heated argument with her father on her birthday, Dora leaves home with her dog, Totó, and begins a journey in search of her mother, whom she has never met. Along the way, Dora makes new friends with whom she embarks on a road trip to Capital City, while also facing dangerous enemies who try to prevent her from discovering the mystery of her past. But Dora’s vitality and magic help her to reach the end of her journey, which is the beginning of another.
Leading the cast are singer Dora Postigo (in her acting debut), rapper-actor Áyax Pedrosa (Code Name: Emperor), and Nigerian artist Wekaforé Jibril (Spirit Disco). Costars include Carmen Maura (Someone Has to Die), Carmen Machi (Perfect Life), Luis Bermejo (High Seas), Hovik Keuchkerian (Money Heist), Samantha Hudson (Veneno), Carmina Barrios (Arde Madrid), and Soraya Yasmin, with guest appearances by Rossy de Palma (Once Upon a Time… But Not Anymore) and Ester Expósito (Elite).
Rainbow, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Friday, September 30, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Rosy Abate: Season 1 (Italy)
This spinoff of the crime drama Anti-Mafia Squad continues the story of Rosy Abate (Giulia Michelini, Dark Forest), a crime boss known as the Queen of Palermo, who faked her own death and lives an honest life under a new identity in Liguria. While engaged and working as a supermarket cashier, Rosy learns that her son, Leonardo, is alive, so she sets out to find him. This has her crossing paths with Leo’s new parents, mafia boss Santagata, and police inspector Luca Bonaccorso (Suburra: Blood on Rome).
Who Likes My Follower? (¿A quién le gusta mi follower?) (Spain)
In this reality-competition series, each of three successful influencers helps one of their followers to narrow down a field of dating prospects, hoping to trade digital likes for real-life love. Who Likes My Follower?, a Netflix Series, premieres globally (date tba) exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
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La Otra Mirada: Season 1 (formerly The Boarding School) (Spain)
Set in 1920s Seville, this drama revolves around the goings-on at a young girls’ academy, which undergoes massive, if not unwanted, changes after the arrival of Teresa (Patricia López Arnaiz, Intimacy), a new teacher with a mysterious past and a secret goal related to the academy itself.
The series costars Macarena García (The Ministry of Time), Ana Wagener (The Innocent), Begoña Vargas (High Seas), Lucía Díez (The Longest Night), Carla Campra (Feria: The Darkest Light), Abril Montilla (Someone Has to Die), Elena Gallardo (Paraíso), and Juanlu González (Valeria).
Unleashed (Víkend) (Hungary)
Set in the mountains of Transylvania, this thriller follows three professionals who, while on a hunting weekend, have a terrible accident: a local is shot and killed. But instead of reporting this unfortunate incident to the police, they keep silent and hide the body. However, there was a witness to the accident, someone who’s willing to keep their mouth shut about it for a price. It soon becomes clear that each of the three has their own secret plan, and the secrets of their past will turn allies into enemies and enemies back into allies. Meanwhile, revenge-hungry members of the local community also play into the games of the three strangers from the big city…
Coyote (Kojot) (Hungary)
Set in contemporary Hungary in a town called Tuzko, this action-suspense drama follows Misi (András Mészáros, Doktor Balaton), an aimless and unsettled young man. After he inherits a house and property from his grandfather, Misi, who’s broke, gets help from his brother-in-law and a disabled pensioner to renovate the place. But a local tycoon, who’s been buying up land for pennies for a new development, has his eyes set on Misi’s land. Misi, though, refuses to sell his inheritance, and so begins his fight for land, love, and life.
NON-PREMIERE PROGRAMS BEING ADDED TO STREAMING SERVICES
The Mayor of Rione Sanità (Il sindaco del Rione Sanità) (Italy)
This crime drama centers on Antonio Barracano (Francesco Di Leva, A Quiet Life), a young man who has fashioned himself as the “mayor” of the Sanità district of Naples — an influential crime boss who plays by his own rules, metes out his own brand of justice, and oversees both the legal and illegal activities that happen on his patch of the city.
The Mayor of Rione Sanità begins streaming Friday, September 9, on Film Movement Plus.
Official Competition (Competencia oficial) (Spain)
In this comedy-drama, a billionaire entrepreneur impulsively decides to create an iconic movie and, in demanding the best, renowned filmmaker Lola Cuevas (Penélope Cruz, Volver) is recruited to mastermind this ambitious endeavor. Completing the all-star team are two actors with enormous talent but even bigger egos: Hollywood heartthrob Félix Rivero (Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory) and radical theatre actor Iván Torres (Oscar Martínez, The Distinguished Citizen). Both are legends, but not exactly best friends. Through a series of increasingly eccentric trials set by Lola, Félix and Iván must confront not only each other but also their own legacies. Who will be left when the cameras finally start rolling?
The Chalet (Le chalet) (France)
The storylines of this mystery thriller take place over two timelines, both in the small and isolated village of Valmoline in the French Alps. In the contemporary one, Manu (Marc Ruchmann, The Hookup Plan) and his pregnant fiancée, Adèle (Emilie de Preissac, Spiral), are getting married at a remote chalet where Manu spent summer vacations in his youth, and where his friends are joining them for the wedding. As soon as the group crosses the only bridge that connects the chalet to the outside world, a boulder falls from a cliff and destroys part of it — stranding them and completely cutting them off from the world. Twenty years earlier, a family who wanted to start a new life at the chalet vanished without a trace. Now history is about to repeat itself…
The cast includes Chloé Lambert (Détectives), Philippe Dusseau (Family Business), Blanche Veisberg (Dead Beautiful), Eric Savin (Marseille), Maud Jurez (Section Zéro), Nicolas Gob (The Art of Crime), Mia Delmaë (Dead Beautiful), Manuel Blanc (Captain Marleau), Agnès Delachair (Balthazar), and Mathieu Simonet (The Passenger).
A Chiara (Italy-France)
This multiple awards-winning drama is a coming-of-age tale and character study of a teenager, Chiara (Swamy Rotolo, A Ciambra), who gradually comes to discover that her close-knit family is not all that it seems. The story follows Chiara as she investigates her father’s disappearance just one day after her oldest sister’s birthday. As she gets closer to the difficult truth about her mysteriously missing father — and the crime syndicates that control her region — Chiara is forced to decide what kind of future she wants for herself.
Header photo credits: Top row (L-R): The Alligator courtesy of MHz Choice; White Sands courtesy of Topic | Bottom row (L-R): Bäckström (photo by Jonath Mathew © 2022 Acorn Media Enterprises LLC & AMC Film Holdings LLC) courtesy of Acorn TV; Snabba Cash (photo by Gustav Danielsson) courtesy of Netflix
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