After his blockbuster, Herngren returns to TV with The Torpedoes

Felix Herngren

Swedish director Felix Herngren, whose The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared[+] became an instant local success, reaching one million admissions within a month, will direct and produce The TorpedoesTV4 Sweden’s new dramedy, which will premier this autumn.

“It is the first drama-comedy I do, so I’m very excited to dig into arms, corpses and dangerous situations,” said Herngren, who also created and played the lead in TV4’s The Sunny Side, which aired 40 episodes between 2010 and 2013 to an average two million viewers. “The challenge will be to try to find the right balance between humour and seriousness.”

“We are very pleased to present a new series from Herngren and his creative bunch at FLX Productions, set in a different world to The Sunny Side and with Herngren behind the camera,” added TV4 manager Fredrik Arefalk.

Co-directed by Jakob Ström, The Torpedoes was written by Per GavatinNiclas Carlsson and Jesper Harrie about Sonny, who has just been released from the Kumla high-security prison after serving six years for a bank robbery – now he wants to start a new life with his girlfriend, Camilla, his contact person with whom he has had a secret relationship behind bars.

They buy their dream house together, but facing unexpected renovation work – and realising it is not easy for a former bank robber to get a job – he returns to his former employer, Csava, the gangster boss. Just for a short time, and after all, Camilla doesn’t have to know…

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.