Five Nordic drama series have been nominated for the Nordisk Film og TV Fond Prize, which rewards writers of television drama.
The awards was launched last year by the major funding body the Nordisk Film og TV Fond, and the prize comes with a cash prize of $25,000 USD.
One series is selected from each of the Nordic countries, and the first two episodes of each are shown at the Gothenburg Film Festival. The winner of the prize will be announced at the festival on the 31st of January.
From Denmark, the nominee is Ride Upon the Storm (Herrens veje in Danish), for which Adam Price is nominated for the prize (you may remember him for creating Borgen). This character-driven drama explores good and evil and the spiritual journey towards seeking a greater meaning in life. The story centres on a family of priests that traces its roots back more than 250 years.
The Finnish television series nominated is Deadwind (Karppi in Finnish), for which Rike Jokela, Kirsi Porkka, and Jari Olavi Rantala are nominated. Deadwind is a crime series that follows Sofia Karppi, a female detective in her 40’s who has just lost her husband and is left alone with two children to take care of.
Iceland’s television series nominated is the new crime thriller Stella Blomkvist, which is based on a series of popular novels following Blomkvist, a ruthless and cunning lawyer who takes on dangerous murder cases and breaks all the rules doing so. Jóhann Ævar Grímsson is the nominated writer for the series.
The Norwegian television series nominated is Borderline (Grenseland in Norwegian), which is another crime series that also includes personal drama. Faced with a tragedy in the family, Oslo police officer Nikolai decides to cover up a murder case to protect them. However, when a co-worker suspects foul play, he finds himself trapped. Megan Gallagher, Alexander Opsal and Bjørn Ekeberg are the nominated writers.
The Swedish television series nominated is The Lawyer (Advokaten in Swedish), with Karin Gidfors and Charlotte Lesche nominated. The series follows Frank Nordling, a defence lawyer who finds out the truth behind his parents’ death. When he finds out who is responsible, he feels compelled to seek revenge.
The series will be judged by Sofia Helin (The Bridge), Walter Iuzzolino, the UK-based TV executive and curator of streaming service Walter Presents; and Finnish journalist Kirpi Uimonen Ballesteros.
Cinema Scandinavia will be covering these television series at the Gothenburg Film Festival.