The Disappeared of the Black Forest: the secrets of TF1’s new fiction


The thriller season starts for 2023. This January 5, TF1 is broadcasting Les Disparus de la Forêt-Noire, its new mini-fiction to discover from 9:10 p.m. Split into four episodes of 52 minutes each, the series rewarded at the 2022 Cognac thriller festival is worn by actress Hélène de Fougerolles.

Before finding it on the screen, Planet reveals information to you to know about the synopsis of the thriller. “Near the Franco-German border, in the heart of the Black Forest and the binational military base; 12 bodies are found in a mass grave. All the victims are men, both French and German”, indicates the summary. This macabre discovery will turn the life of the main character played by the famous actress upside down after a terrible tragedy.

“Investigating judge Camille Hartmann has lost her memory since an accident, but she feels that the murders are linked to her past. Erik Maes asks her to help him in his investigation”, specifies the synopsis of the fiction in which Hélène de Fougerolles responds to Grégory Fitoussi. If this thriller directed by Ivan Fegyveres is not inspired by a true story, its heroine was marked by this intrigue.

“At first, she thinks it’s an exit from the road, but, little by little, she will have flashbacks. As the memories resurface, Camille will understand what could have happened. happen, and how she is involved in the discovery…”, explains the forties for Télé 7 Jours. In order to solve this mystery, the heroine is supported by her family and the investigators. Who are they ?

In The Disappeared from the Black Forest, Hélène de Fougerolles plays alongside famous actors on TF1. At the heart of the four episodes, viewers find Grégory Fitoussi in particular. But, also, Tchéky Karyo and Natalia Dontcheva.

On the family side, the heroine played by Hélène de Fougerolles is supported thanks to the support of her relatives in the detective series. “Camille can count on Marc, her very protective husband played by Thierry Godard. She is also the mother of Iris (Victoria Eber, editor’s note), a teenager born from a previous union”, indicates the actress in the pages of Télé 7 Days. Also present in the cast: Astrid Whettnall, Léo Mazo, Sébastien Libessart, as well as Bruno Wolkowitch, Laëtitia Eido and Mélanie Page, the actress and wife of Nagui, producer of the series and great friend of Hélène de Fougerolles.

Originally titled Valkyries, the thriller Les Disparus de la Forêt-Noire was filmed in Alsace from November 2021 to January 2022. According to our colleagues from Latest News from Alsace, the film crews set up their cameras in the Grand-Est and his region to film fiction. In cities like Colmar, Strasbourg as well as at the castles of Ottrott, but also across the Rhine in Germany in the heart of the Black Forest.

Asked by the TF1 channel, Hélène de Fougerolles revealed some indiscretions on this winter shoot. “We were in the middle of winter and it was terribly cold. I cursed my little boots which prevented me from putting on big warm socks! In addition, we were filming at staggered times with alarm clocks at 5 a.m. to take advantage of the sun. I was going to bed at 9 p.m. I really had a hectic life!” she exclaimed, reminiscing. “I keep the memory of a series under the snow. But Strasbourg is a very beautiful city and if the tone of this series is quite cold and austere, we were lucky to have a formidable team and to work in a super atmosphere”.

A leading figure in French comedies (Too young for me, Balthazar and soon in Sam), the actress Hélène de Fougerolles is illustrated here in another register: that of the thriller. A role of choice where the sublime blonde has opted for a radical change of appearance, revealing herself naturally with short brown hair. A metamorphosis inspired by an American star. “I liked Kate Winslet in the series ‘Mare of Easttwown’, where she appears without makeup and raw formwork. I had told my agent that I wanted to play this type of role”, she assures in Télé 7 Days with justification. “I wanted to prove to myself that I could interpret characters other than the sparkling and seductive blondes”.

The result is astonishing, so much so that the actress herself “does not recognize herself”. And, to conclude. “It’s a character that I composed”. Before discovering The Disappeared from the Black Forest this evening and next Thursday on TF1, a look back at the shots of the filming published on social networks.