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The Hunted

Following the success of the two-part movie “Im Netz der Camorra”, SATEL Film and good friends Filmproduktion produced another top-class TV thriller for ServusTV in late summer 2022. “Der Gejagte – Im Netz der Camorra” starring Tobias Moretti, Harald Windisch, Antonia Moretti, Gerti Drassl, and many more was shot around Bolzano and in Liguria until early October. The director was Rick Ostermann, the book was written by Stefan Brunner. “Der Gejagte – Im Netz der Camorra” has aired on December 8, 2022 on ServusTV. In Germany it is available via streaming on Magenta TV.

Content of “Der Gejagte”: Past catches up with ex-mafioso

After the violent conflict with Nino Sorrentino (“Im Netz der Camorra” ran successfully as an event two-parter in the fall of 2021 on ServusTV), winemaker and ex-Mafioso Matteo DeCanin (Tobias Moretti) has negotiated a deal with the prosecution. He testifies against his old clan, and in return he and his family enter witness protection and receive a new identity. But just before the family can be transferred to their new life, there is an assassination attempt in which Matteo’s wife Stephania dies. The bond between father and daughter Laura (Antonia Moretti) breaks completely after the traumatic experience. In exile together on an island in the Mediterranean, they live past each other. When Laura can’t take it anymore and leaves the safehouse, Matteo violates the conditions as a state witness and sets out alone to find her. His worst fear comes true: his daughter falls into the clutches of the Casavatore clan. Matteo must find Laura before her life is pitted against his.

“The Hunted – In the Camorra’s Net” is a production of SATEL Film GmbH and good friends Filmproduktions GmbH and ServusTV, sponsored by IDM Südtirol. The Hunted” will be shown on ServusTV until 2022.

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The Salzburg Murders

“Die Toten von Salzburg” is a coproduction between ORF and ZDF, supported through the television fund Austria (Fernsehfonds Austria), Stadt Salzburg and Land Salzburg.

When there’s a murder in the border region of Bavaria and Salzburg, it is not always clear under whose authority the investigations should fall. When crooked real estate broker Holzer is found dead, Salzburg’s Major Peter Palfinger and Bavarian Chief Inspector Hubert Mur join forces. However, their partnership is not voluntary and they are off to a bumpy start due to their differences in character and opposing professional approaches. While Mur is a straightforward rationalist who reaches his goals through perseverance, Palfinger is fascinated by the complexity of the human psyche. Bound to a wheelchair since a paragliding accident a year ago, he has a different perception of people and the environment, seeing things that may remain hidden to others. Incomplete paraplegia. This diagnosis was a radical turning point in Palfinger’s ife. The incorrigible optimist, however, takes it as a challenge. He is convinced that his paraplegia is curable and he trains hard to prove it. Eventually he wants to conquer the Untersberg again. Without a wheelchair. On his own two feet.

1809 – Freedom of the Eagle

In 1805, Napoleon defeats the Russian and Austrian troops at the Battle of Austerlitz. As a consequence, Tyrol has to be ceded to Napoleon. Andreas Hofer and Joachim Haspinger seek out Archduke Johann in Vienna and ask him to use his influence in support of Tyrol, which has lost many of its old rights and privileges.

The archbishop assures them of his support. Full of newfound hope and under the influence of fanatic Capuchin monk Haspinger, who is willing to use any means necessary to destroy his enemies, the devout pacifist Andreas Hofer enters the unequal struggle against Napoleon. The Tyroleans are beaten in the final battle at Bergisel. Having been declared an outlaw, Andreas Hofer hides in the mountains but is betrayed, arrested, and, on 20 February 1810, executed in Mantua.

His rise and fall, despair and humility make him one of the most unusual heroes of European history.

Directed by Xaver Schwarzenberger
Year of production: 2001
Starring: Tobias Moretti, Franz Xaver Kroetz, Julia Stemberger, Gregor Bloeb, Guntram Brattia, Martina Gedeck, Karl Markovics, Heio von Stetten

Princess Marie

Directed by Benoit Jacquot
Year of production: 2003
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Heinz Bennent, Anna Bennent, Sebastian Koch, Elisabeth Orth, Gertraud Jesserer, Fritz von Friedl

Marie Bonaparte, great-grand niece of Napoleon I, is not only incredibly rich but also a fascinating intellectual, who is ahead of her times. She fights for self-realisation, her independence and sexual fulfilment. Because of her frigidity she seeks treatment with Dr Freud. Beyond their close doctor-patient relationship, there develops a deep and conflicted friendship between the two and a fruitful scientific collaboration.

With great personal and financial effort she helps Freud and his family to move to London following the rise to power of the Nazis and Austria’s annexation. Freud dies there a year later, in 1939. Marie Bonaparte played a significant role in spreading Freud’s teachings and advancing French psychoanalysis when she became an analyst herself. She practiced until her death in 1962.

Directed by Benoit Jacquot
Year of production: 2003
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Heinz Bennent, Anna Bennent, Sebastian Koch, Elisabeth Orth, Gertraud Jesserer, Fritz von Friedl

Radetzky March

Awarded with the Golden Nymph Award of Monte Carlo

Based on a novel by Joseph Roth
121, 78, and 97 minutes
Directed by Michael Kehlmann
Year of production: 
Max von Sydow, Tilman Günther, Charlotte Rampling, Elena Sofia Ricci, Gert Voss, Karl Heinz Hackl

A young lieutenant of petty bourgeois origin who, after saving the emperor’s life at the battle of Solferino, is celebrated as a hero and has been elevated to the peerage cannot come to terms with how the army justifies its practices in the name of political wisdom and decides to leave. He also forbids his son Franz von Trotta to join. Franz then puts the pressure on his own son, wanting him to revive the grand military tradition of the family. The unstable Carl Joseph, however, finds himself unable to live up to the unattainable ideal of his grandfather. He quits his service after tragic events but ends up dying an unheroic war death nonetheless.


Awarded the Golden Nymph of Monte Carlo 1998 and the Golden Screen Award 1999

Vienna Opera Ball – the ball event of the year – becomes the target of a poison gas attack. The cameras broadcast the disaster live all over Europe. Journalist Kurt Fraser is an eyewitness. He has to watch helplessly as his son, who works as a cameraman, is killed in the attack. Fraser is determined to find the murderers. His investigations lead him to the subversive activities of a neo-Nazi group. The longer he searches the stronger becomes a terrible suspicion: did the broadcaster know of the attack?

Based on a novel by Josef Haslinger
2 x 90 minutes
Directed by Urs Egger
Year of production: 1997
Starring: Heiner Lauterbach, Franca Potente, Gudrun Landgrebe

The Healer

Since childhood, Halfried Seelig has had an unusual gift: she can cure the sick through the laying on of her hands and her mental powers. And yet she could not prevent her father’s death from cancer. She hasn’t used her powers in many years, on the one hand she does not want to embarrass her husband Rudi, the local doctor, on the other she wants to avoid conflict with her daughter Marion, who secretly blames her mother for her grandfather’s death. As a firm believer in and practitioner of conventional medicine, she sees her mother’s alternative methods as dangerous charlatanry.

But then Hailfried accidentally heals a seriously ill patient in her husband’s practice. She sees it as a sign of fate and decides to stop denying her gift. However, while she earns the respect and gratitude of a growing number of patients, her family threatens to break when the conflicts between its members flare up once again.

Directed by Holger Barthel
Year of production: 2004
Starring: Ruth Drexel, Branko Samarovski, Geno Lechner, Markus Boysen, Lea Kurka, Elisabeth Orth, Cornelius Obonya


Halfried tries to distance herself more and more from her healing practices. Due to her past success, however, the number of requests she receives does not diminish. She is also concerned to see the burgeoning ability in her granddaughter Laura. Since her daughter Marion had such difficulties with her own abilities, she tries to pass on an understanding of the gift and what it means to her granddaughter. Marion has returned to the place of her roots and yet she lives a lonely life despite family involvement. It is only with the appearance of a childhood friend that she begins to flourish.

Halfried increasingly has encounters that are new and strange but also fascinating and she sees the level of her ability being enhanced.

Directed by Holger Barthel
Year of production: 2006
Written by Felix Mitterer
Director of photography: Peter von Haller