The Bauhaus series ‘Die Neue Zeit‘ (A New Era) which was partly filmed at MMC Studios will make its way to TV and VOD in September. Channel ARTE will be the first to air the six-part drama series starting on September 5 from 8:15 pm with Episodes 1-3, followed by another three episodes a week later. From August 28, the first three episodes are already available for streaming on arte.tv.
ZDF will start airing the high-end TV series from September 15 at 10:15 pm. The story about Walter Gropius, founder of the legendary Bauhaus school of art and design, and student Dörte Helm will be told on three consecutive evenings.
From September 8, the first two episodes will also be available on-demand at the ZDF-Mediathek, followed by two episodes on September 9 and two on September 10.
The gripping period drama closely follows the historical characters and dramatic events around the founding of the Bauhaus which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.
The story: The year is 1919. WWI has just ended; the old imperial empires have collapsed. With the old ways bringing nothing but destruction, Europe is swept up in a wave of modern ideas.
During this age of turmoil, a young woman named Doerte Helm is studying arts. When she hears Walter Gropius’ first speech about a new era at the newly-founded Bauhaus school, she follows his call. His innovative approach is too provocative for many but exciting to Doerte. Like so many others, she becomes a true disciple of the new movement – but something more to Gropius as they begin to fall in love. They are young, resilient and radical.
The school becomes a breeding ground for modernity, jazz, innovative architecture – and feminism. But while at the Bauhaus a new form of life evolves, and with it new hopes, inflation leaves many hungry and worried about the future. As Gropius proposes to Doerte, it just adds fuel to the fire that is the ensuing scandal threatens the very existence of the Bauhaus; the school of art that would go on to shape the 20th century like no other…
The leading roles are played by Anna Maria Mühe as the student and artist Dörte Helm and August Diehl as Walter Gropius. Valerie Pachner, Ludwig Trepte, Hanns Zischler, Corinna Kirchhoff, Birgit Minichmayr, Sebastian Blomberg and many others also feature in the cast.
‘A New Era’ is a production of zero one film in co-production with ZDF/ARTE, Constantin Television and Nadcon Film. The Filmstiftung NRW supported the series with 1.15 million Euros. Additional backing was provided by MBB, MDM, MFG Baden-Württemberg, and the German Motion Picture Fund.
Beta Film is handling world sales.
Title photo: Anna Maria Mühe as Dörte Helm and August Diehl as Walter Gropius. Credit: ZDF / Mathias Bothor
Photo 1: Walter Gropius (August Diehl) and Dörte Helm (Anna Maria Mühe). Credit: ZDF / Anke Neugebauer
Photo 2: On the set of ‘A New Era’ on MMC’s soundstage 41: The last party at the lecture hall. Credit: ZDF / TOM TRAMBOW