Goteborg Film Festival adds TV focus

Via press release

TV drama gets its own section at the 2016 Göteborg Film Festival. The most interesting new TV series from our neighboring Nordic countries are combined with a world premiere of three Swedish series.

In recent years the Nordic countries have established themselves as one of the most compelling TV drama regions. They have raised the artistic level and met great success among audiences. As a result of the mutual industry effort TV Drama Vision, the Göteborg Film Festival has established itself as the most important meeting place for the Nordic TV industry. And now the festival is also investing in TV drama to show its audiences.

Shows made by some of the Nordic countries’ foremost creators, among others Baltasar Kormákur, Tova Magnusson, Per Fly and Jeppe Gjervig Gram, will be shown at the festival. Either the whole series will be shown or the first two episodes.

“It feels like the completely right time for the Göteborg Film Festival to include TV drama in its program in a well thought-out and structured way. We’re happy that we’ve had such a strong response from the Nordic TV industry, which has made it possible for us to present a program of high international class. This is a program that says a lot about the Nordic countries today, about our history and our economic and ecological challenges,” says the festival’s artistic director, Jonas Holmberg.

Read more about the titles below.

The Most Forbidden

Det mest förbjudna. Sweden.

Tova Magnusson’s TV series is loosely based on Kerstin Thorvall’s autobiographical novel of the same name. When The Most Forbidden came out in 1976, it gave rise to a fierce debate about how a middle-aged woman is to be: can she fulfill her sexual desires, and write about them? Can she spend less time with her children to the benefit of her job? Åsa Lantz (Selma) has written scripts for this mini-series that offers a wonderful sense of time right down to the smallest haircut.

Follow the money

Bedrag. Denmark.

A dead body is found in the vicinity of a windfarm on the Danish coast and when the hardened detective Mads (Bo Larsen) gets involved he soon sees that it wasn’t just an accident. The deeper he gets into the investigation, the more suspicious he becomes of the new, rapidly expanding company Energen—and suddenly he himself is drawn into an extensive web of shady business and financial crime.

Jeppe Gjervig Gram (Borgen/The Fortress) and Per Fly (Waltz for Monica) are behind this Danish drama.


Okkupert. Norway.

In a fictive future, Europe faces a difficult energy crisis. Hurricane Maria has wrecked Norway and the climate crisis’ increasingly concrete effect gives the Norwegian Green Party a boost in the opinion polls. When the Green prime minister Jesper Berg gets into power, he does all he can to shut down fossil fuel production, which leads to dramatic events: suddenly Russia occupies Norway.

Norway’s greatest TV effort to date is based on an idea from the crime fiction author Jo Nesbø.


Ofærd. Iceland.

The recipient of the 2014 Nordic Honorary Dragon award, Baltasar Kormákur, is returning to the festival with his new TV series in which Ólafur Darri Ólafsson plays a police chief struggling with life after a divorce. A ferry arrives at the small Icelandic coastal town where he lives and a fishing boat discovers a dismembered corpse near shore, which has likely been thrown in from the ferry. The passengers and the locals are withheld in the town but when the police fail to keep the passengers on the ferry they realize a murder is on the loose.

The Red Couple

The Red Couple. Finland.

The Red Couple tells the story of the Finnish couple Hertta Kusinen and Yrjö Leino—both are active communists who came to influence Finnish politics for good. A love story filled with passion, commitment and guile about two people who began at the grassroots but who became full-time top politicians.

Spring Tide

Springfloden. Sweden.

Spring Tide is a film adaptation of the Beck and Arne Dahl authors’ Rolf and Cilla Börjlind’s novel of the same name. A homeless former investigator (Kjell Bergqvist) and an aspiring police officer (Julia Ragnarsson) comes into contact with the latter and begins to solve an unclosed case in which a pregnant woman was buried alive on a beach on North Koster Island, Sweden.

30 Degrees in February

30 grader i februari. Sweden.

An audience favorite in Sweden, 30 Degrees in February, is back with a second season—in another gestalt than the last. The second season is directed in parallel by the directors Andrea Östlund, Håkan Lindhe and Emiliano Goessens and turns into three different stories that sometimes meet along the way with unexpected consequences. Several of the old actors are still here—among others Maria Lundqvist, Kjell Wilhelmsen and Duangjai Hirunsri—but the audience will also be able to make a number of new acquaintances.

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.