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Director: Sven Bohse

Producer: ConradFilm, Bavaria Fiction for ARD Degeto / NDR

Writer: Stefan Kolditz

Cast: Matthias Brandt, August Wittgenstein, Hanno Koffler, Nicholas Ofczarek, Silke Bodenbender, Karoline Schuch

Genres: Drama

Demographics: 30-50, 50+, All audiences

Dark Woods

Global Screen - A Brand of TELEPOOL
3x90 min. / 6x45 min.

In the summer of 1989, Barbara Neder, the sister of high-ranking Hamburg police officer Thomas Bethge, disappears from her home without a trace. Shortly before this, two couples had been cruelly murdered in nearby woodlands. Suspicion quickly falls on artist Hans Lingner, who is living on the edge of the forest and is a gun enthusiast. However, the links between the earlier murder cases, the “Killer Forest” and Barbara’s disappearance are not initially picked up by the investigators. Instead the police begin to suspect Barbara’s husband Robert who was in the process of divorcing his wife. Their daughter Theresa has been hit hard by her mother’s disappearance and the suspicions surrounding her father, making her too believe that her father may be her mother’s murderer.

Meanwhile, the missing woman’s brother – Head of the Hamburg State Office of Criminal Investigation – Thomas Bethge – faces the most difficult task of his life, because as a Hamburg police officer, he is not permitted to investigate a crime in Lower Saxony where Barbara has disappeared. Neither can he stand idly by. He seeks support from his colleagues Anne Back and Frank Behringer. Bethge’s quest for justice continues long after his retirement as he and his team eventually, through painstaking and meticulous research, finally get on the track of a suspected serial killer.

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