Netflix Announces the Russian Detective Drama Series ‘ZATO’
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Netflix announces its next Russian series – a neo-noir detective drama ‘ZATO’. The mystery series is about an ambitious journalist Kristina and a cop Dashkin leading an investigation into the disappearance of a child in a restricted access town Lobachevsk – 4 in the 1990s.
Misha Shprits, head writer: “ZATO emerged from a casual conversation between my co-author Ilya Shein and myself a few years ago. How could a child vanish in a restricted access town? The mystery got us thinking and we tried solving it just for fun, for the love of the genre. And then we remembered the ’90s, and how those years changed all of us in this country and continue to factor in to this day. Without us realizing it “ZATO” became not just a mystery but also the story about those of us who had the hardest of times adjusting to the new and harsh realities. It’s about people desperately struggling to remain who they are in a world where no one believes in anything anymore”.
Darya Zhuk, director: “Misha Shpritz and I have been exploring the possibility of a collaboration for years. “ZATO” has been close to my heart from the start in terms of its tone, atmosphere, and characters. The world around this project continues to explore many of the themes important to me as an auteur: unconventional complex characters and specifically, the charismatic fearless female protagonist and an exploration of the post-Soviet heritage. Many of my favorite actors return to the small screen in new roles”.
Irina Smirnova, Alexander Kushaev, producers: “Five years ago, when Misha Shprits and Ilya Shein approached us with a pitch for a story under an unusual name of “ZATO”, no one could imagine what a long and challenging road of reshaping and transformation that was in store for us. In many ways our story is based on personal stories and experiences of its creators and feeds off real-life events, which allows it to feel so true-to-life and so genuine. We managed to hand-pick and put together a unique creative team led by Darya Zhuk. This crew has its own distinctive vision and approach, where every member is fully dedicated to the series at a professional and emotional level. We are certain that our Series, the result of many years of elaborate work, will prove to be very impactful, emotionally engaging, for all its viewers”.
Logline: At the peak of transition and uncertainty following the fall of the Soviet Union, a young ambitious journalist Kristina teams up with a desperate cop Dashkin to investigate the disappearance of a child in a restricted access town where exposing the wrong secret can get you killed.
Directors: Darya Zhuk, Stanislav Libin
Screenwriters: Misha Shprits, Ilya Shein, Ksenia Mchedlidze
Producers: Irina Smirnova, Alexander Kushaev
Cast: Anastasia Talyzina, Mikhail Troynik, Maxim Stoyanov, Ivan Mulin, Polina Kutepova, Ilya Isaev, Victoriya Tolstoganova, Ilya Malanin, Ekaterina Ageeva
The series will launch on Netflix worldwide. Premiere date to be announced.