This article does NOT refer to Dave Egger’s novel and it’s screen adaptation, “The Circle”. The Circle is the English rendering of „Der Zirkel“, Karlsruhe’s own mystery series from Creepy Lady Productions.
Shooting of “The Circle”
The first shooting of Karlsruhe‘s new mystery series: “The Circle”, began on the 19th September 2017 in the Schloss-Hotel. Creepy Lady Productions, led by Producer Nadine Knobloch, developed an interesting concept for a regional-based series. This concept focused on the integration of Karlsruhe‘s history into a compelling fictional narrative. Thereby, the spectators enjoy both a thrilling story and get an insight into local and regional history.
The Circle: The Story
There is apparently not much that the business man Anton Stollenberg (Torsten Eikmeier), the rag shop owner Tom Harting (Erik Rastetter) and office assistant Helena Dupré (Nadine Knobloch) have in common. However, this changes as soon as Anton returns to his home town, Karlsruhe. He pays his old friend Tom a visit, carrying a mysterious artifact in his luggage. While intending to find out more about the odd object, he unwittingly unravels a century old secret, which proves to be a menace to both him, his friend Tom, and Helena.
Der Zirkel: Intension
The Circle is meant to engage native actors, book authors and film producers. The plot captures significant historical events as well as myths that are spun in different areas of Karlsruhe. Thus, it brings together historical accuracy and urban legends, fictional characters and unexpected storylines, feeding the genres of mystery and crime and rounding them up with a healthy dosage of comedy.
The setting belongs entirely to the Karlsruhe area and especially known places – the Palace, the Marketplace, the Turmberg – are singled out in the shootings. The town’s important facilities are also given prominence in the storyline, since “The Circle” grounds on real historical events.
Additionally, the Alsacian surroundings and the Rhine areas play a productive and inspiring part in the plot. The purpose of the production is to emphasize the historical and touristic specifics of Karlsruhe and, at the same time, successfully entertain its spectators.
Sources: Creepy Lady Productions, Filmboard Karlsruhe
Source: Creepy Lady Productions
Title Image Copperplate: © Stadtarchiv Karlsruhe 8/PBS XVI 48
The Circle Poster: © Katja Thieme, Thieme Mediadesign
Further Images: © Creepy Lady Productions
English Translation: Sandra Bihlmaier