Midnight Sun wins in Rome

The current television success story, Midnight Sun, has continued to do well around the world, this time winning at the Roma Fiction Fest.

The series, which is a Swedish and French co-production, won Best New TV Drama, Best Director and Best Script.

The Swedish/French TV drama Midnight Sun triumphed at the Roma Fiction Fest, picking up three awards including Best New TV Drama.

The jury of the 10th Roma Fiction Fest (December 7-11) was headed by Oscar-winning US actor Richard Dreyfuss. A total of 10 international TV dramas were competing, including Belgium’s Public Enemy and Australia’s The Kettering Incident.

Since its release back in October, the eight-part series has become the highest rated Original Creation for French channel Canal+ since The Tunnel in 2013, which is a remake of The Bridge. The love affair between Scandinavia and France has proven successful yet again, with Midnight Sun opening on Sweden’s SVT to an audience of 1.8 million.

Internationally, the thriller starring Leïla Bekhti, Gustaf Hammarsten and Peter Stormare has been sold to a dozen territories. Studiocanal closed the latest deal with Russia’s free-to-air broadcaster Channel One.

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.