With his feature The Intruder (2014), director Shariff Korver explored the moral dilemma of an undercover cop infiltrating a drug-trafficking family. Fenix expands that grey area between police and criminals, their necessary evils, through an ambitious TV mini-series intertwining the stories of several characters: an ambitious Dutch detective aiming to take down a criminal network at any cost; his Belgian colleague with ambiguous motives; a student forced to head the gangster family he always wanted to stay clear of; his hot-headed right-hand man.

All these worlds are clashing with many twist and turns, and well-developed characters, and Korver makes sure he makes the experience as stylish and moody as possible: the cryptic opening scene, virtually dialogue-free, is the perfect introduction to a shadowy and fascinating world. 
Season 1, episodes 1 to 3 and marathon screening on Sat 3 Feb. 

 

Filmmaker
Shariff Korver
Country
Netherlands, Belgium
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
400’
Language
Dutch, Spanish, Yiddish
Producer
Fleur Winters, Leontine Petit
Production Company
Lemming Film
Sales
Lemming Film
Writer
Shariff Korver, Marco van Geffen, Jeroen Scholten van Aschat, Pim Algoed, Vincent van der Valk, Raul Serrano, Eva K. Mathijssen
Cinematography
Melle van Essen
Editor
Moek de Groot, Stanley Kolk, Ruben van der Hammen
Production Design
Wilbert van Dorp
Sound Design
Michel Schöpping, Vincent Sinceretti
Music
Kaveh Vares, René Thie
Cast
Rifka Lodeizen, Teun Lujikx, Hans Dagelet, Jack Wouterse, Chris Nietveld, Jan Bijvoet