IT’S ALL FOREIGN TO US
STUART CLARK manages to visit Mexico, Germany, Hungary, France and The Czech Republic without leaving his sofa.
Our good friends at Walter Presents are gifting Channel4.com viewers six international box-sets for Christmas.
Available now online for your bingeing pleasure, the pick of an extremely fine bunch is Burning Bush, an HBO Europe drama set a few months after the Soviets’ brutal ending of the Prague Spring.
The star turn is much-garlanded Czech actress Tatiana Pauhofová whose most recent cinematic outing, Lida Baarová/The Devil’s Mistress, is another must-see.
We’re also loving Home Guards, which focuses on two Hungarian brothers caught up in the rise of the far-right; Frozen Sky, a German tale of social unrest, prejudice and outsider-dom set in the 1960s; The Body Collector, which tells the true story of Dutch millionaire art collector and Nazi war criminal, Pieter Menten; Flight Of The Storks, a French whodunit? that travels from Switzerland to the Congo; and The Prey, another Dutch tale of financial intrigue and wrongdoing.
They’re all free to view by registering on Channel4.com.
Meanwhile, Hot Press’ pre-Christmas Wednesday nights are being devoted to Mr. Ávila, an Emmy Award-winning hitman romp from Mexico, which nods furiously at Six Feet Under, Luc Besson’s Leon and its Channel 4 predecessor, The Sopranos.
Newly arrived on Netflix is Dark, a German drama in which, “A missing child sets four families on a frantic hunt for answers as they unearth a mind-bending mystery that spans three generations.”
Yep, we’ve a Teutonic Stranger Things on our hands!