The streaming service Hulu has picked up the two biggest Nordic Noir series of the year, Below the Surface and Midnight Sun.

The eight-part drama Below the Surface is based on an idea by Adam Price (who created Borgen) and Søren Sveistrup (who created The Killing) and follows a hostage situation underground in the Copenhagen trains. The series stars Johannes Lassen [+], Sara Hjort Ditlevsen [+] and Paprika Steen [+] and was released in Denmark earlier this year. It has so far been picked up by more than seventy territories, including BBC Four for the UK, ZDFneo for Germany and SBS for Australia.

Midnight Sun is a Swedish/French co-production that is set in Kiruna in far-north Sweden. The series starts with the brutal murder of a French citizen that sees French homicide investigator Kahina Zadi travel to the north. Together with Anders Harnesk she investigates the murder, but it slowly develops into a story of corruption around the Kiruna mine, as well as involving the indigenous Sami in the region. We recently spoke to Sofia Jannok who starred in the series. You can read that interview here. Leïla Bekhti [+]Gustaf Hammarsten [+]Jakob Hultcrantz Hansson [+] and Peter Stormare [+] star in the series. Midnight Sun has also been sold globally including Sky Atlantic in the UK and SBS in Australia. The series is currently nominated for Best Non-English Language Drama at the C21 International Drama Summit.

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.