The Swedish/French series Midnight Sun won the award for Best Foreign Language Drama at the C21 International Drama Awards.
Held in London, the awards are part of a bigger event that draws in buyers and commissioners looking for the latest in international talent.
Midnight Sun starts with the brutal murder of a French citizen. French homicide investigator Kahina Zadi is then sent to the far-north of Sweden to investigate alongside Anders Harnesk. The investigation slowly evolves into corruption surrounding the Kiruna mine as well as the treatment of the local indigenous community. Midnight Sun beat five foreign language series for the title of Best Foreign Language Drama. Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein won earlier for the series Best Director, Screenwriter, New TV Series at Roma Fiction Festival and the Audience Award at Series Mania 2016. Studiocanal Handles sales. We reviewed Midnight Sun here and spoke to its Sami star Sofia Jannock here.
Additionally, the Swedish satirical take on the Nordic Noir genre The Case won Best Comedy Drama. Starring the U.K.’s Adam Godley and Sweden’s Lisa Henni, the series pokes fun at the Nordic crime genre as a British detective and a Swedish detective team up to solve a gruesome murder. C21 describes the series as ‘breaking new ground in Nordic Noir’. We reviewed The Case! Read it here.
Midnight Sun has been released internationally, and The Case is still a new series finding its way around the world.