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ZDF crime series “BLOCHIN - The Living and the Dead” celebrates a spectacular world premiere at the BERLINALE

Mainz, 12th February 2015

The serially narrated ZDF series “Blochin”, by author and director Matthias Glasner and globally distributed by ZDF Enterprises, celebrated its successful world premiere at this year’s Berlinale. Already on Tuesday, the pilot episode was shown for the first time as part of the Berlinale Specials. Yesterday, all five episodes of the first season were presented to a hand-picked, international professional audience within the framework of the “Berlinale goes Kiez” special event.

The thriller series starring Jürgen Vogel, Thomas Heinze, Maja Schöne, Jördis Triebel and many more, is a kaleidoscope of the city of Berlin and its people. The series tells the stories of the police men and women of the homicide division 7, their families, friends and enemies. A complex reality of everyday life complete with pitfalls and shoals, in which the underworld is inseparably linked to society’s elite and personal fates to national interest. In the midst is a man who cannot escape his past.

 “We are proud of managing the global distribution of this extraordinary series, which celebrated its world premiere at the Berlinale, both in the Berlinale Specials amongst high calibre, international productions as well as in a unique special event. Pir international clients have already expressed great interest in this production.” says Alexander Coridass, President and CEO of ZDF Enterprises.

A 14-year old boy is shot dead in cold blood and wakes up in the morgue. Blochin (played by Jürgen Vogel), is the man with no first name who was once declared for dead and now works in the homicide division 7 in Berlin together with Dominik Stötzner (played by Thomas Heinze). Two characters who could not be more different and who are forced to more closeness than they would like. Before Blochin decided to join the police force, he was on the other side of the law. Now, he has to investigate his old friends from the East Berlin club and drug scene. But the case draws far larger circles, into the Bel Etage of Berlin politics. However, the case in only the beginning of a guilt and atonement drama that breaks down the borders of good and evil.

The first seasons traces an arc over 360 minutes in 5 episodes. A six hour long film novel with an open end.

“Blochin - Die Lebenden und die Toten” is a production of REAL FILM Berlin for ZDF, directed by Matthias Glasner and produced by Lisa Blumenberg. Caroline von Senden and Katharina Dufner are the editors for ZDF.


About ZDF Enterprises
ZDF Enterprises was founded in 1993 as a commercial subsidiary of ZDF, one of the largest and most renowned TV broadcasters in Europe. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the worldwide sale of programs, the making of international coproductions, the acquisition of licenses as well as the merchandising of strong program brands in its own name, for the ZDF, and for third parties. ZDF Enterprises has successfully established itself as an independent market player on the German and international stage. Bound into a strong group, the company manages the largest German-language stock of programs in the world and, next to this, a continuously growing portfolio of international productions consisting of series and miniseries, TV movies, documentaries and children’s programs. In the course of the development and diversification process carried out up to now, many business fields in the television and media domains were made accessible in the ZDF Enterprises group. Thus ZDF Enterprises can provide a comprehensive, full-service offering today, and covers every step in the chain of origin and exploitation of successful TV programs, from development to production and up to the marketing of TV licenses, merchandising rights, online rights and much more.

Contact ZDF Enterprises
Christine Denilauler (Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1, D-55127 Mainz/Germany, Tel.: +49 6131-9911130, Fax: +49 6131-9912130, e-mail:,


Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

+49 (0) 6131 / 991–1130
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–2130
ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1
55127 Mainz | Germany


Jürgen Vogel als Blochin
Thomas Heinze als Dominik Stötzer und Jürgen Vogel als Blochin