Icelandic production company Sagafilm preparing new drama series

Not one but two Icelandic television dramas are coming from production house Sagafilm, the Nordic Film & TV Fund reports. 

The first of the two dramas is called Stella Blomqvist and is about to start filming. Starring Heida Reed (Poldark, Death in Paradise), the film follows a hard-nosed lawyer who is not afraid of breaking taboos; she takes on projects that allow her to manipulate men, especially men in power. The crime drama is designed as three films at 90 minutes long, or six television episodes of 45 minutes. The series will launch on VOD, then free to air once a week from this autumn.

The head writer of the series is Jóhann Ævar Grímsson (The Nightshift, Trapped), working alongside Andri Óttarsson (CASE) and Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir. Stella Blomqvist is directed by Óskar Thor Axelsson (Black’s Game). The Icelandic TV station Sjónvarp Símans will premiere the show in the fall 2017.

The second television series is titled The Flatey Enigma, based on the bestselling novel by Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson of the same name. Set in the 1970’s on the small Icelandic island of Flatey, the series will follow Johanna, a professor of Nordic Studies who comes home from Paris to attend her father’s funeral. She decides to finish her father’s work, solving the enigmatic riddle of The Book of Flatey, a medieval manuscript with sagas about the Norse kings. According to legend, the riddle will show the final resting place of a great Viking lord. But other people are interested in the riddle including a Danish cryptographer. When a murder is committed, Johanna becomes the prime suspect.

The Flatey Enigma will be produced for RUV and will also air in Sweden on SVT and Finland on YLE. It will be directed by Björn B Björnsson (Cold Trail).

More info at the Nordic Film & TV Fund. 

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.