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1899 receives audience acclaim at Toronto International Film Festival

1899 receives audience acclaim at Toronto International Film Festival

Images from the photocall can be downloaded HERE.

Toronto, September 14, 2022: Yesterday the 8-part mystery series 1899 celebrated its premiere at the 47th Toronto International Film Festival (tiff). The first two episodes were presented in the Primetime programme, honoring innovative serialized storytelling. In addition to showrunners Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar, actors Andreas Pietschmann and Emily Beecham were in attendance. The audience was thrilled to embark on a new captivating journey onboard the mysterious steamship traveling from Europe to New York. The gripping story, the mood and the international ensemble cast left the audience glued to their seats wanting to see more of the next and much anticipated hit series by the creators of DARK.

After the screening, the team was welcomed on stage for an extended Q&A with frenetic applause. Jantje Friese was touched after the premiere. "I'm excited to be back in Toronto with 1899, five years after DARK had its world premiere here. It is very special to be able to present our new show at one of the most important film festivals in the world. Our goal was to create a series whose imagery and story would resonate around the world,” says the showrunner and screenwriter. Showrunner and director Baran bo Odar adds, "Together with our exceptional ensemble cast, the production team and Netflix, we have delivered a mammoth project. It is a truly unique feeling to be able to finally bring our 1899 to an audience."

Tiff Primetime Director Geoff Macnaughton about the mystery series: “There are brilliant, critically acclaimed series, and there are “water-cooler” series, binged by millions worldwide. 1899 has the exciting potential to be both; a new, nightmarish obsession for both fans and critics alike.”

In conjunction with the World Premiere Netflix revealed the first Teaser Art of 1899

Teaser Art can be found HERE.

The press kit can be found on our Media Center

About 1899

The eight episodes follow the mysterious circumstances around the voyage of an immigrant ship from Europe to New York. The passengers, all of different backgrounds and nationalities, are united by their hopes and dreams for a new century and their future abroad. When they discover a second ship adrift on the open sea that had gone missing for months, their journey takes an unexpected turn. What they find on board will turn their passage to the promised land into a nightmare-like riddle, connecting each of the passenger’s pasts through a web of secrets.


After their worldwide success with the hit series DARK (Netflix), the showrunner duo, Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar, founded the production company DARK WAYS. With their company, they want to produce quality stories and market them globally. With the series 1899 DARK WAYS starts its first production.


DARK BAY is Europe's first permanently installed LED-studio for virtual productions. Founded by DARK WAYS and Studio Babelsberg in the historic sound stages of Potsdam Babelsberg, the "Virtual Production" studio is one of the world's largest LED installations, using state-of-the-art ROE LED-panels. In addition, industry partners ARRI, FABER A.V., and FRAMESTORE are involved in the development of the studio. DARK BAY's first customer is the Netflix production 1899 and will offer future customers a proven setup.

About Netflix

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Katia Jacoby


Nico Werner

PR Coordinator, DACH