Icelandic production companies promote upcoming releases

Icelandic production company Mystery Productions have teamed up with Truenorth to work on new projects going forward.

Mystery Productions are currently promoting their television series, Prisoners, which is featured in the March issue of Cinema Scandinavia (preorder here).

The two companies are working on The Valhalla Murders, which is an international detective drama with a local twist. The series tells the story of a displaced detective who, against his will, is ordered to leave Denmark to investigate a series of murders in Iceland. Dark parts of his past will be brought back to the fore as he is forced to battle his own demons as well as the island nation’s first serial killer.


The production companies are also working with writer Ottar Nordfjord and director Thor Saevarsson on their horror/thriller feature film, The Hidden. A group of geologists head to the remote Icelandic mountains to pursue their research on a dam that looks poised to flood the valley below. They find a suitable cabin to execute the research, but have a less than enthusiastic welcome from the locals. Things, of course, start going wrong for the scientists and Iceland’s folklore history of a hidden people, cast out of the Garden of Eden by God as a result of Eve’s actions. The students are forced to fight for their survival.

Last but not least, the two companies have acquired the rights to the stories from Iceland’s author Stefan Mani. Known for his dark detective novels, Mani has created a string of bestsellers and had one of his works adapted to the big screen with Black Game. Mystery and Truenorth are looking to adapt these novels for television, starting with Mani’s most recent book, Black Magic.

You can read an interview and find out more info over at Variety.


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.