Udo Kier – M – A City Hunts a Murderer #Berlinale2019

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From Fritz Lang’s 1931 classic to a TV series directed by David Schalko.

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PODCAST| Chiara Nicoletti interviews Udo Kier, actor of the film M – A City Hunts a Murderer.

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It’s director David Schalko the reason why German-international actor Udo Kier accepted to play a role in M – A City Hunts a Murderer, the TV series based on the Fritz Lang’s 1931 classic, presented at the 69th Berlinale in the Berlinale Series section. The actor had already worked with Schalko so he decided to trust him and participate to this TV adaptation that focus more on what happens to a society when a crime is exploited by politics than the perpetrator. Kier, who was at the Berlinale last year in the cast of italian film Figlia Mia by Laura Bispuri, talks about Italian cinema and how it has changed through the years.

M – A City Hunts a Murderer: Vienna in the dead of winter. An annoyed mother sends her little daughter back to the playground to retrieve a forgotten jacket. A whistling behind the curtain of snow. The little girl follows the lure and vanishes without a trace. A child murderer is afoot. The police are helpless and speeding at idle speed. The Minister of the Interior exploits the incidents politically for his own purposes. The yellow press is instigating and the people get more and more nervous – the city seems full of suspects. More and more children disappear and as the dead bodies appear in the melting snow the situation escalates. The only focus is on finding the killer. “M” becomes a public case. Total surveillance, fake news, agitation in the net. Arbitrary arrests. The criminal underworld is made to look like fools which they don’t put up with, though. They actually do the work of the police and search for the murderer.

To discover more about the film, click here.

  • Reporter
    Chiara Nicoletti
  • Guest
    Udo Kier
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    M - A City Hunts a Murderer
  • Festival section
    Berlinale Series
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