Two cases for Nora Weiss
Anna Maria Mühe is LKA target investigator Nora Weiss. A loner, she grew up in a pastor’s household in the GDR. When her mother died early, her father (Rainer Bock) gave her to friends in Latvia for a few months, which meant a double loss for her. Today, her relationship with her father is close but ambivalent. Nora Weiss investigates together with Inspector Simon Brandt (Jan Krauter) of the Lübeck homicide squad and her LKA supervisor Jan Geissler (Peter Jordan) in the Baltic Sea region.
Thomas Berger – one of Germany’s most successful directors – was recruited to direct the film, having directed the major successes “Die Flut ist pünktlich”, “Der Verlust” and the two-part “Tod eines Mädchens” for ZDF, among others (ratings of 7.18 million and 8.02 million). The screenplay for the first film was penned by the director in collaboration with author Mathias Klaschka (“Neben der Spur: Todeswunsch,” “Kommissarin Heller”). The second screenplay was written by Sören Hüper, Christian Prettin and Mathias Klaschka. The beauty of the Baltic Sea is repeatedly captured by expert Frank Küpper with his special camera work. The top-class cast around Anna Maria Mühe, Rainer Bock, Jan Krauter and Peter Jordan promises excellent crime entertainment. The two cases will be broadcast on ZDF on November 7 and 9, 2016. “Solo für Weiss” is a production of Network Movie, Hamburg. Producer: Jutta Lieck-Klenke. Producer: Anne-Lena Dwyer. The editorial office at ZDF is in the hands of Daniel Blum.
The first case
While suspected child murderer Matthias Mattner (Philipp Hochmair) manages to escape at his trial in Lübeck, LKA target investigator Nora Weiss (Anna Maria Mühe) experiences her own personal nightmare: on the ferry from Latvia to Lübeck, her nine-year-old godchild Daina (Grace Serrano-Zameza) disappears. But she doesn’t have much time to search for the child, because the case is assigned to her superior Jan Geissler (Peter Jordan). Nora herself is put on the case of the fugitive Mattner. At the same time, she has to team up with her new colleague Simon Brandt (Jan Krauter) from the homicide department. Nora reopens the case of the missing girl Lisa Harms (Liva Stege) and tries to contact her parents (Bernhard Schütz, Steffi Kühnert). Nora finds it difficult to remain professional: Intuitively, she suspects a connection between Mattner’s case and Daina, but she can’t prove anything.
After a few days, Mattner calls and blackmails Nora: information about Daina’s whereabouts is only available if Nora keeps quiet to her colleagues. She was his last chance to prove that he was the victim of a miscarriage of justice. The investigator agrees to Mattner’s rules because the fear for her godchild is unbearable. With the dangerous solo mission, she can no longer confide in even her closest friend, Daina’s mother (Natalia Rudziewicz), and her father (Rainer Bock), the altruistic pastor of the parish. Mattner lures them to the confusing port terminal in Travemünde at night.
Interview with Anna Maria Mühe
Impressive: You’ve played just about everything in your life, including an investigator in a ZDF crime thriller? What is it that makes the role of a TV detective so appealing to you personally?
Before “Solo für Weiss,” I had repeated inquiries in this direction, but the books and ideas never convinced me, and I always had the feeling that I had seen it all before. Nevertheless, it was a gamble for me to get involved in this as well. But when we shot the second case in the summer, I could really enjoy slipping into Nora Weiss again, in the same costumes, shooting in her beautiful house. I didn’t get tired of playing the same character again, on the contrary, I really liked the evolution and experimentation with the role.
Who is Nora Weiss?
Nora Weiss is a recluse who likes to leave her colleagues standing in mid-sentence. She always first settles everything with herself, which leads to complications both in her professional and private life. She is incredibly quick-witted, smart and likes the solitude in which she lives. She has a hard time letting others get close to her.
Do you watch a lot of crime shows on TV yourself?
Yes, very much so. The “Tatort” and Monday crime shows are among my standards.
You can currently be seen on ZDF in very, very different roles: “Familie!”, “Lotte Jäger” and now “Solo für Weiss”. One broadcast date follows the next. When such different projects are also shot at the same time, do you as an actress still see common themes or create connections at the end of a shooting period?
I’m fortunate in that I’m offered a wide variety of material and characters. Of course, that’s also what makes the profession at its best, the changeability. Because these three projects were so different, there were no connections, but that’s also the great joy in developing them. You don’t always have to invent the new wheel, even the subtle differences make it in the end.
The questions were asked by Claudia Maxelon