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HBO Europe orders Polish crime thriller ‘The Thaw’

Netflix is doubling down on its European originals and HBO knows it. That’s why HBO Europe is betting on a new Polish show, we’re talking about ‘The Thaw,’ a crime thriller. The greenlight comes a few days after the premium cabler ordered its first Danish original, ‘Kamikaze.’

It’s a six-episode crime drama written by Marta Szymanek, who wrote ‘The Pack,’ and from director Xawery Żuławski. The show is produced by Bogumił Lipski, and executive produced by Izabela Łopuch, Jonathan Young, Antony Root, and Andrzej Besztak. Production will begin in January 2020.

The show is “set in Szczecin, Poland, the series begins after the body of a young woman is discovered under the melting ice. It asks ‘Who was she? Why did she die? Who did she leave behind? Did people who are now mourning know who she really was? These questions and the search for answers will provide the main female character with a powerful, although initially unconscious incentive to confront her own circumstances: of a single mother playing the role of a perfect police officer, and above all, a woman in crisis.”

“At HBO we are always most interested in telling emotional human stories. When we started working with Marta Szymanek on The Thaw, we knew that the biggest strength of her idea was its uncompromising candor and courage in addressing issues commonly perceived as difficult, or even shameful” said Bogumił Lipski. “This time we invite the audience into the world of a thirty-something-year-old police officer. The compelling crime layer of the show reveals much more – a deeply human and painfully relevant story about things that are most challenging – grief, mourning, loneliness, and the sense of being left behind.”

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