Berlin / Vienna – As the European Film Market at the Berlinale 2024 was unfolding its tenth-anniversary edition, ORF-Enterprise hosted an exclusive screening of the first two episodes of the ORF Original Series "Kafka." This dark-humored exploration of Franz Kafka's life, directed by David Schalko, hit the big screen at the CinemaxX Potsdamer Platz on February 20.


The Berlinale Series Market, EFM’s industry platform for serial content, continues to be a hub for buyers, creatives, and industry experts. Among the carefully picked series for the Berlinale Series Market Selects, "Kafka" garnered attention for its exceptional market potential, captivating narrative, and stellar cast.

The exclusive screening, attended by an audience of industry professionals, offered a glimpse into the unique world of Franz Kafka. The dark-humored event series, featuring Joel Basman, Liv Lisa Fries, and David Kross, provided a sneak peek into the celebrated author's life, love affairs, and friendships.


"The makers of the series have succeeded in realizing a complex subject in such an entertaining way. Seeing this visual spectacle on the big screen was truly impressive and we look forward to firmly supporting 'Kafka' on its journey to audiences around the globe," says Armin Luttenberger, Head of Content Sales International, ORF-Enterprise.


The screening was followed by a panel discussion, which provided valuable insights into the creative process and the series' potential impact. Panelists at the event included: Christian Granderath, Head of Fiction at NDR (Germany), Klaus Lintschinger, Head of Feature at ORF (Austria), Daniel Kehlmann, author of the books the series is based on, and David Schalko, writer and director of “Kafka”.

The panel delved into the series' unique approach to Franz Kafka's life, the collaborative efforts of broadcasters ARD and ORF, and the international appeal of "Kafka." Attendees had the opportunity to engage with the panelists during a dynamic Q&A session, gaining firsthand insights into the making of this highly anticipated series.


"The atmosphere at the event was truly wonderful. Witnessing the audience's enthusiastic feedback regarding 'Kafka' during and after the screening was immensely gratifying," summarizes Daniel Kehlmann.


Event Series | 6 × 45 min.


A humorous yet historically accurate look at Franz Kafka's difficult relationship with his tyrannical father, his fascinating love affairs and his close friendship with Max Brod, who betrayed his terminally ill friend in the end.


“Kafka” is a co-production by Superfilm, ARD and ORF and is distributed worldwide by ORF-Enterprise.

About ORF-Enterprise

As a marketing subsidiary of ORF, ORF-Enterprise is exclusively responsible for marketing the leading Austrian media group’s entire national media output. The portfolio includes four television stations (ORF 1, ORF 2, ORF III Kultur und Information, ORF SPORT +), three national radio stations (Ö1, Hitradio Ö3, radio FM4), the print magazine ORF nachlese, the entire digital output on ORF.at, ORF-TVthek as well as ORF TELETEXT. The Content Sales International and Licensing and Media Cooperations division licenses ORF content and brands worldwide. ORF-Enterprise operates its own music publishing house ORF-Enterprise Musikverlag as well as its own record label. The company is the national representative of leading international creative festivals such as Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and organizer of national advertising prizes such as ORF-TOP SPOT, ORF-WERBEHAHN and ORF-ONWARD. The management consists of Oliver Böhm (CEO, advertising marketing, content exploitation) and Heinz Mosser (finance and administration, music publishing & label, sound & vision, ORF nachlese). ORF-Enterprise is a 100 percent subsidiary of the ORF media group. More information at https://enterprise.ORF.at, https://contentsales.ORF.at and https://musikverlag.ORF.at

Please find here the full press release and adequate photo material for further use:

PHOTO 1 Panel Discussion ©Ute Langkafel (JPG | 21 MB)
PHOTO 2 Panel Discussion ©Ute Langkafel (JPG | 27 MB)
PHOTO 3 Panel Discussion ©Ute Langkafel (JPG | 26 MB)
PHOTO 4 Panel Discussion ©Ute Langkafel (JPG | 26 MB)
PHOTO 5 Screening/Panel Audience ©Ute Langkafel (JPG | 31 MB)
PHOTO 6 Reception ©Ute Langkafel (JPG | 25 MB)
PHOTO 7 Joel Basman as Franz Kafka (JPG | 5 MB)
PHOTO 8 Kafka Set ©Superfilm_Nicole_Albiez (JPG | 17 MB)
PHOTO 9 Kafka Set ©Superfilm_Nicole_Albiez (JPG | 30 MB)
PHOTO 10 Kafka Set ©Superfilm_Nicole_Albiez (JPG | 20 MB)
PHOTO 11 Kafka Set ©Superfilm_Nicole_Albiez (JPG | 11 MB)

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