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The “ZeroZeroZero” series at Sky

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Ein man falls in the hail of bullets. Slowly he goes to the ground, the slow motion stretches the moment into elegance, so that his off-screen voice can ask with almost transcendental calm: What will become of the one who has nothing more to give? Who loses respect for others? Because it has become useless for them?

According to the law of the mafia, he is ready for shooting. The American shipping company Edward Lynwood, whom Gabriel Byrne embodies with melancholy hardness, knows this too. Not only is Lynwood himself in free fall, but also his family business based in New Orleans, if it is a high-risk, but also highly profitable

The transaction fails: the corporate patriarch from Monterrey in Mexico wants to create a container full of canned goods with cocaine hidden under peppers at the Italian seaport Gioia Tauro.

It transports the material, which is traded more expensive than any other and in whose trading capitalism takes its bloodiest form. As an intermediary between a Mexican drug cartel and its customers, a Calabrian ’ndrangheta clan, Lynwood, like everyone else, is concerned with life or death, gigantic sums of money and the power to stay in control, or brutal annihilation and a cruel end. Who wants their bodies to be thrown to the pigs?

“ZeroZeroZero”, the opulent serial adaptation of Roberto Saviano’s research book of the same name, on the network of the international cocaine trade, also shows such things. The director Stefano Sollima, who has already directed Saviano’s “Gomorrha” as a television series spanning several seasons, is now responsible, supported by Leonardo Fasoli and Mauricio Katz. The will to land the next big thing in cinematic research into organized crime is evident in this co-production by Sky Studios, Bartleby Films and Cattleya, which is distributed by the French Canal + and is shown elsewhere on Amazon Prime, on our Sky Atlantic.

The transporters: Chris (Dane DeHaan) and Emma Lynwood (Andrea Riseborough) enter their father's shipping business.


The claim to take an equal look at the cornerstones of the economic triangle of sellers, buyers and dealers seems almost immoderate. We follow the business of the Narcos brothers Enrique and Jacinto Leyra (Flavio Medina and Víctor Huggo Martín) and the combat operations of a – corrupt – military special unit in Mexico. We see an aged boss of the ’ndrangheta (Adriano Chiaramida) in the mountains of Calabria rising from his hole in the ground, where he is hiding away, and the in omertà united faithful flock. With five thousand kilos of cocaine from the New World, the old man wants to consolidate his rule, which his grandson Stefano undermines with increasing unscrupulousness. And then there are the Lynwoods, a triumvirate shattered by family psychology, consisting of Edward, his daughter and right hand Emma (Andrea Riseborough) and the initially seemingly useless son Chris (Dane DeHaan), who is just waiting for the HD Illness becomes manifest in him and he gets the Veitstanz.

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