Cannes  An exceptional team of leading producers and broadcasters from China, France, Germany and Australia have announced their intent to co-operate on a major international scripted series, Farewell Shanghai.


The drama has been developed by award-winning screenwriter and director Radu Mihaileanu (The ConcertThe Source, Live & Become, Train of Life…) and is adapted from Angel Wagenstein’s sweeping epic novel. The series recounts the shared destinies of a group of European Jewish refugees and Chinese characters in Shanghai, between 1938 and 1945.


Farewell Shanghai will be shot in China in English by K’ien Productions, Banijay Studios France, Breakout Films and France Televisions (France); Shanghai Media Group Pictures and Holy Mountain Films (China); AMPCO Studios (Australia) and NDF (Germany). An extended Chinese version of the series will also be produced for the Chinese market.


Takis Candilis, Head of Fiction at Banijay Group, comments, “We are extremely pleased to be partnering with such an illustrious alliance of talents and producers to recreate this mesmerizing story for the screen.”