The Insitute - Oasis of Failure


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TV-Series on ARD/BR
Director: Markus Sehr
Cast: Christina Große, Rainer Reiners, Nadja Bobyleva, Robert Stadtlober, Swetlana Schönfeld, Omar El-Saeidi et al.
Production: Novafilm
TV production by order of Magenta TV, BR, NDR, WDR
Second season broadcast from March 19th, 2020


At the end of the world and in the heart of darkness, six brave employees of an Insitute for German Language and Culture try to interest the people of Kisbekistan for Germany – in spite of the bombs, the dust and the lack of interest.
The series are set in the fictious land Kisbekistan: bombed by the Brits, Soviets and the Mujaheddin, plagued by conflicts, corruption and cholera. And in the middle of this chaos the Institute for German Language and Culture: blackboards filled with anomalous verbs, posters of the castle of Neuschwanstein and busts of Goethe – an German oasis in this dry Central Asia. Six cultural warriors fight their way through everyday life and occasionally drop an intercultural brick or two, or cause a friendly explosion. Or both, on bad days.

In the first series you could already see me as Dutch ambassador Bas. It was time to kick-off!
Now the second series will be shown and the Dutch Embassy returns to the Institute ... to seek asylum!

Trailer Season 2 Trailer Season 2

Broadcast on ARD/BR:
From the 19th of March 2020
All 16 episodes of the first and second series are available from the 1st of February in the ARD media library.


Theatre Sandbank

25th May 2022 • Premiere »Sandbank« • Spiekeroog • further performances until 19th August

TV Series WaPo Duisburg

Until 3rd of August 2022 • TV Series »WaPo Duisburg« • Episode 5 »Juwelenräuber« • ARD/WDR Mediathek

TV Series The Institute

From February 1st • TV series »The Institute« • German television (ARD/BR)

On Netflix and DVD

On Netflix and DVD • Movie »Riphagen« • Pupkin Film