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Mikael Persbrandt to star in new Finnish/Chilean drama series

The Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt will star in a new Finnish/Chilean drama series called Invisible Heroes, the Nordisk Film og TV Fond reports.

Set during Chile’s 1973 military coup and based on two events, the series will follow two young Finnish diplomats who decides to hide over 2000 Chilean political dissidents trying to escape Augusto Pincohet’s military persecution. Neither the media nor the Finnish government are aware of their plan.

Persbrandt will star as the Swedish ambassador Harald Edelstam (a very interesting guy – famous for saving hundreds of Norwegian jews from Germany – read about him here) who, at the time, was one of the most public human rights activists with the support of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme.

The cast includes Finnish actors Pelle Heikkilä and Ilkka Villi.

Mikael Persbrandt is known for his role in the Beck television series, as well as for playing Carl Hamilton in the Hamilton films. Most recently he can be found in Tårtgeneralen (roughly ‘The Cake General’ in English), which is about a man who decides to create the largest sandwich cake ever made in order to put his home town, Köping, on the map.

Invisible Heroes is co-written by Tarja Kylmä and Manuela Infante, and co-directed by Finland’s Mika Kurvinen and Chile’s writer/director Alicia Scherson.

The series starts production in June and will premiere on the Finnish public broadcaster YLE in April 2019.

You can read about the true events that inspired the series here. 

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.