Interview with Der Pass actor FRANZ HARTWIG, “It lives not only from its exciting story, but from the multi-layered and sometimes inscrutable characters.”

A murder on the German-Austrian border is investigated by Ellie Stocker and Gedeon Winter. As they get further into what really happened, the detectives discover more crime scenes with symbolically posed victims.


Talking to Telly Binge, Franz says it’s a must watch. “It has the pictures, mountains, interesting characters and unpredictable plot.”

“It’s an exciting mixture of classic thriller and psychogram, with the viewers having the scary pleasure of meeting the killer early. You will learn about his dark psyche, past and accompany him in his actions.”

Hartwig plays Gregor Ansbach in the show. “He is an above average intelligent young man, who had to accept many disappointments in the search for recognition in life. He has outstanding computer skills, hacking knowledge and accuracy in planning his actions – so he is always several steps ahead of the police.”

“He is a malignant narcissist and a sociopath, who knows very well how to adapt in society. Gregor is an expert in deceiving people about his true self by playing different roles.”

“I prepared myself for 3 months. I tried not to play a killing machine, but a difficult boy with human needs. That made is easier for me to play Gregor.”


The series which was created by Cyrill Boss and Philipp Stennert - also stars Julia Jentsch, Nicholas Ofczarek and Hanno Koffler.

Ofczarek (who is Gedeon in the show) described Der Pass as a ‘thriller with strong psychological relining’. Franz agrees, “It lives not only from its exciting story – but especially from its multi-layered and sometimes inscrutable characters.”

“The power of the viewers to know more than the investigators, makes a lot of the scenes really thrilling to watch!”

Der Pass (aka Pagan Peak) is an original from Sky in Germany – with deals already agreed with TV stations in Australia, Czech Republic, Netherlands and Poland.

The series was filmed in freezing temperatures. “The snow, the visible cold and roughness of nature is an integral part. We filmed in Berchtesgaden, Munich, Salzburg, Styria and in the Vienna studio.”

“The most beautiful location was Gregor’s cabin, which was in the middle of Berchtesgaden Alps at almost 2000 meters high. It was cold, snowy, genuine and lonely.”


"I just shot a historical movie. A bit of German history after World War II. Unsere wunderbaren Jahre is the title and I am playing a gentle charmer. In the upcoming project I will be evil again, I play a defendant in a Ferdinand von Schirach film adaptation. It's about torture. Very tense!"

Der Pass is currently airing every Wednesday at 9pm on Sky Atlantic. The whole series will be available to watch at