Friday, 24 April 2020


Launched in 2016, the brilliant German crime drama Der Zürich-Krimi returned yesterday on Das Erste. This spring, the pubcaster will show three new 90-minute TV movies: Borchert und die tödliche Falle, Borchert und der fatale Irrtum and Borchert und der Tote im See.

Der Zürich-Krimi stars the great Christian Kohlund (Das Traumhotel, Black Forest Clinic) as Thomas Borchert, an "unlicensed attorney" who works in Zurich for lawyer Dominique Kuster. Ina Paule Klink (Wilsberg) co-stars as Dominique (1). Robert Hunger-Bühler plays Dr. Reto Zanger, a star lawyer who's also Dominique Kuster's father and an old friend of Thomas. Other regulars are Pierre Kiwitt (Police captain Marco Furrer), Susi Banzhaf as Regula Gabrielli, Andrea Zogg as Beat Bürki-Borchert's "personal" taxi driver, and Yves Wüthrich (Urs Aeggi). Thomas Kügel returns as Major Beat Wenger.

Reto, who's busy with a mega business deal, asks Dominique to replace him in court at short notice. Alexander Böni, her client, is serving a prison sentence for the robbery of an armoured truck but he's due to be released for good behaviour. The hearing doesn't turn out as planned when Böni takes everyone hostage, including Dominique Kuster, with a gun which was  hidden under his table. Captain Furrer, who arrives first at the courthouse with his deputy, must act as the negotiator in spite of his feelings for Dominique.

Alexander Böni demands 2 million U.S. dollars and a helicopter but Borchert starts to wonder about the real motives behind the actions of the hostage taker, who's a family man with a young son. While Thomas races against the clock to find answers, he discovers that Reto Zanger may hold some of them. Written by Wolf Jacoby (the SOKO franchise) and directed by Roland Suso Richter (The Tunnel), Börchert und die tödliche Falle is a most effective and truly gripping thriller served by excellent actors.

With Golo Euler (Alexander Böni), Kathleen Gallego Zapata (Marie-Louise Mildenberger), Matthias Bundschuh (Dr. Kugler), Stephan A. Töller (Peter Zuber), Torsten Ranft (Hermann Oehli), Christian Bojidar (Sherdan Berashi), Maike Juttendonk (Lucie Schmitt), Jürg Löw (Paul Loitner), etc. Produced by Graf Film for ARD Degeto and Das Erste. Co-produced with Mia Film. Produced by Klaus Graf, Annemarie Pilgram and Michal Pokorný. Kirsten Frehse (ARD Degeto) is the line producer.

Music by Michael Klaukien. Cinematography by Max Knauer. Filmed in Prague and Zurich. Made with the support of the Czech Film Fund. Distributed by Beta Film. Episodes 1 to 4 of Money. Murder. Zurich. (the international title of Der Zürich-Krimi) are available in the United States on the SVOD service MHZ Choice.

(1) Katrin Bauerfeind played Dominique Kuster in the first episode. (Episodes 3 & 4) (Episodes 1 & 2) 


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