The 7th MipDrama – an industry centerpiece at the MipTV Cannes show – ended with Germany’s House of Promises receiving the prestigious Buyers’ Coup de Cœur award.
The love drama proved to be the clear favorite of the MipDrama audience gathered at the Debussy Theater at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, receiving the day’s loudest applause after its presentation.
The 12 episodes of the series are starring Naemi Feitisch, Ludwig Simon – also appearing in Amazon’s Prime Video series “Beat” -, Alexander Scheer and Nina Kunzendorf, the fresh hit Viaplay original “Furia”.
Set in Berlin, House of Promises tells the eventful story behind the legendary Jonass credit department store, which was founded in the 1920s in what is now Berlin’s Soho House.
While times are tough, marked by poverty and hardship, the Protagonists of “House of Promises” still dream of a better future. Among them Vicky (Feitisch), a stubborn young woman who desperately wants to earn her living as a saleswoman and at the same time falls in love with her boss’s son (Simon), whom she initially mistakes for a penniless pianist. Their turbulent relationship, albeit marred by class differences, will span decades.
Directed by Sherry Hormann and Umut Dag, House of Promises is produced by X-Filme Creative Pool for RTL Plus, in one of the bullish German SVOD service’s biggest swings of 2022.
Founded in 1994 by Wolfgang Becker, Dani Levy, Tom Tykwer and Stefan Arndt, X-Filme was also behind Babylon Berlin and worked with Beta Film at the time and on House of Promises, which will handle the international distribution of the new series. RTL Plus and VOXLine 1 are the anchor stations of the series.
23 countries submitted new shows to MipDrama this year, 10 of which made the cut. Also included in the selection were Michael Hirst’s ‘Billy the Kid’, previously featured in Series Mania, the cross-border series project ‘The Net’, which weaves together different storylines about corruption in the world of international football, and Italy’s ‘Bangla’ – a humorous love story based on a 2019 Donatello Award-winning feature film directed by Phaim Bhuiyan.
MipDrama this year served as a “reminder, when we needed it, of just how prolific and diverse scripted storytelling continues to be,” said MipTV director Lucy Smith.
“We are overwhelmed and honored and would like to thank the jury and the entire MipDrama team for this award,” said X-Filme producer Uwe Urbas diversity after the victory and also acknowledged the support of RTL and Beta Film as well as all funding institutions of the series.
“We take it as an incentive for the ongoing post-production and would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the people behind the camera: headwriter Conni Lubek and her team as well as directors Sherry Hormann and Umut Dag, who brought this story about unrequited love and a legendary one bring department store to life with all their passion.”
https://variety.com/2022/tv/global/mipdrama-winner-house-of-promises-1235222193/ “House of Promises” by X-Filme, also from Beta, RTL Plus, wins MipDrama