10 October 2016

UFA Fiction and ZDF began production this week on its 2 x 120’ drama “Heaven and Hell – Martin Luther” (working title). Marking 500 years since the Reformation, this is the story of Martin Luther, the visionary reformer and one of the most important religious figures in history.  Filming commenced in Prague and the surrounding areas and will continue until early December. The drama is directed by Uwe Janson and stars Maximilian Brückner as Martin Luther.

500 years ago a revolutionary priest changed the face of Christendom and the path of European civilization forever. Risking his life, academic reputation, facing damnation and purgatory in 1517, he pinned his inflammatory 95 Theses to the church door in the Catholic Church and the Western World would never be the same again. His name was Martin Luther.

Executive producers Benjamin Benedict and Joachim Kosack of UFA FICTION: “The radical perspective on those early days of the Reformation that ‘Heaven and Hell – Martin Luther’ gives enables us to portray human inconsistencies, depths and conflicts. This is a story of a group of people alive 500 years ago whose internal convictions led them to forge a new path – one that ultimately changed the world. And, as our film shows, this was a story of several people, not just Martin Luther.”

Alongside Maximilian Brückner as Martin Luther, the cast for “Heaven or Hell – Martin Luther” includes Jan Krauter, Johannes Klaußner, Joachim Król, Armin Rohde, Rüdiger Vogler, Fabian Hinrichs, Christoph Maria Herbst, Anna Schudt, Aylin Tezel, Frida-Lovisa Hamann, Peter Lerchbaumer, Johanna Gastdorf, and many more. Michael Wiesweg is responsible for the cinematography, and the screenplay was written by Stefan Dähnert and Marianne Wendt.

“Heaven and Hell – Martin Luther” (working title) is an UFA FICTION TV movie commissioned by ZDF and funded by the Czech Republic’s State Cinematography Fund. FremantleMedia International hold the global distribution rights.

Executive producers on the series are Benjamin Benedict and Joachim Kosack, co-producers include MIA FILM and Michal Pokorný. The editor for ZDF is Solveig Cornelisen.

The drama will be screened as part of ZDF’s programming marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.