Among the 15 series selected for their outstanding market potential is “Kafka”, a dark-humored event-series about the life of the famous eccentric author directed by David Schalko.


Berlin / Vienna –  The Berlinale Series Market is the EFM's main industry platform for serial content from around the world. The conference program, national and international showcases, and market screenings of the tenth anniversary edition from February 19 to 21, 2024 will take place at CinemaxX Potsdamer Platz.

Buyers, creatives, industry experts and sales agents can access the three-day program of the Berlinale Series Market in the immediate vicinity of the European Film Market (EFM), which traditionally takes place in the Gropius Bau.


On top of numerous panels, there will be a spotlight on 15 series carefully selected for their exceptional market potential. These outstanding productions will be showcased as part of the Berlinale Series Market Selects. Encompassing a diverse array of genres, from historical biopics and narratives about political activists to comedy, mystery, and gripping thrillers, these series originate from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Latvia, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

One of the productions that has been chosen is the upcoming ORF Original “Kafka” with Joel Basman, Liv Lisa Fries and David Kross.


“'Kafka' is a celebration of Franz Kafka's legacy, brought to life with wit and humor by an exceptional cast and team. We are proud to showcase this exceptional original series as part of the Berlinale Series Market Selects, inviting attendees to immerse themselves in the captivating world of one of literature's most enigmatic figures.,” says Oliver Böhm, Managing Director of ORF-Enterprise.


“This recognition speaks for the series' allure and global potential. We're eager to connect with industry professionals and buyers at the event, confident that 'Kafka' will resonate strongly with international audiences. It's also a testament to the the fruitful collaboration between the broadcasters ARD and ORF,” adds Armin Luttenberger, Head of Content Sales International at ORF-Enterprise.


About “Kafka”

Franz Kafka, the world’s most widely read German-language author, will have died 100 years ago in June 2024, and the time has come for an entertaining and humorous serial approach to his life and character. No one could be better suited for this undertaking than the internationally renowned, best-selling author Daniel Kehlmann and the exceptional writer-director David Schalko. At the mini-series’ heart are Kafka’s remarkable love affairs with Felice Bauer, Milena Jesenska, and Dora Diamant, his difficult relationship with his tyrannical father, and also his close friendship with Max Brod, who would ultimately come to betray his terminally ill friend, yet assured his enduring fame in the process.

Featuring a first-class cast: Joel Basman (Franz Kafka), David Kross (Max Brod), Nicholas Ofczarek (Hermann Kafka) and Liv Lisa Fries (Milena Jesenská).


“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

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