START OF PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY OF EPISODES 12 AND 13 OF ZDF/ORF CRIME SERIES

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START OF PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY OF EPISODES 12 AND 13 OF ZDF/ORF CRIME SERIES "MURDER BY THE LAKE"

(Köln, Klagenfurt/Bodensee) On June 16th principal photography of the two brand-new episodes “Haunted (WT)” and “Soul Circle (WT)” of the successful ZDF/ORF crime series “Murder By The Lake” started in Bregenz and surroundings. Nora Waldstätten and Matthias Koeberlin as German-Austrian team of detectives are supported by Hary Prinz, Stefan Pohl, Peter Kremer and Christopher Schärf. Both episodes are once again directed by Michael Schneider, the scripts were written by Timo Berndt.

While exploring a dilapidated villa, three children witness in the episode “Haunted“ the fierce fight between Jakob Stocking (Robert Finster) and building contractor Ingo Hauer in which the latter is killed with a knife. When the alleged perpetrator Jakob Stocking returns to the crime scene accompanied by his lawyer Mia Burgstaller (Katharina Lorenz) to turn himself in, questions begin to pile up for Micha Oberländer (Matthias Koeberlin) and Hannah Zeiler (Nora Waldstätten). Oberländer and Zeiler will uncover a densely interwoven family secret and as if this case wasn‘t already complicated enough the two of them will have a hard time to overcome a breach of trust and a major personal challenge.

In the episode “Soul Circle“ Hannah Zeiler (Nora Waldstätten) and Micha Oberländer (Matthias Koeberlin) find a newborn baby abandoned in a basket on Lake Constance. A message confirms the unfathomable: the child mother is Rita Hafner (Larissa Fuchs), who disappeared six months ago without a trace and whom the detectives believed to have been murdered. Main suspect had been the former highly acclaimed opera star Veit Steindl (Nicki von Tempelhoff) who had an illegitimate relationship with Rita Hafner. The detectives dive deeper and deeper into folkloric traditions, enigmatic symbols and dark legends only having one goal: to save Rita Hafner. When in the course of the investigation Zeiler gets kidnapped by the perpetrator, the rules no longer apply for Oberländer and Komlatschek (Hary Prinz). Zeiler and the missed Rita Hafner have to be rescued before it is too late and they become victims of the mystical ritual of the soul circle.

„Murder By The Lake“ is a coproduction of Rowboat Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH (Executive Producer Sam Davis) and Graf Filmproduktion GmbH (Executive Producer: Klaus Graf), ZDF and ORF. The project is funded by RTR / Fernsehfonds Austria and Land Vorarlberg. Commissioning editors are Daniel Blum at ZDF and Sabine Weber at ORF. Production will continue until mid of August 2020, broadcasts on ZDF and ORF are planned for 2021.

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