Finnish television series attracts foreign interest

The Finnish television series Downshifters has found remake interest from Sweden and France after the series premiered on local television.

Downshifters tells the story of a couple who face financial problems and are forced to cut back on their extravagent lifestyle. But rather than admit to financial difficult, they tell their friends they want to downsize and live a more simple life. In the main roles are Jussi Vatanen (Lapland Odyssey) and Iina Kuustonen (Nurses).

The comedy, produced by Yellow Film and TV, has been generating buzz since it first launched in late 2015 via a local streaming service. The series aired on television on Wednesday and became the second most watched programme.

The series now has a French sales rep and Sweden’s Anagram has optioned remake rights. The French rep ACE Entertainment is offering dubbed and subtitled versions. The US production company Skydance Media is also remaking the series.

Meanwhile, season two, titled Upshifters, is currently in production. It will be available on-demand in December.



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.