New Danish historical series in development

A new Danish historical series titled The Conqueror (Erobreren in Danish) has been announced for HBO Nordic.

The series bases itself off the Danish literary classic ‘Pelle the Conqueror’, which is written by Martin Andersen Nexø. The series will be written by Rasmus Heisterberg, who is known for his work writing numerous feature films including The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and A Royal Affair. Last year he released In the Blood, which he also directed. The Conqueror will be directed by Per Fly, who directed Waltz for Monica.

The novel follows the character Pelle Karlsson, who immigrates to Denmark from Sweden in 1877 at age eight. At 18, he moves from Bornholm to Copenhagen and becomes a leader in the labour movement in Denmark, motivated by poor working conditions.

The Conqueror has received development support from the Danish Film Institute’s Public Service Fund.

A film was made in 1987 about Martin Andersen Nexø’s first volume, which was directed by Bille August and went on to win numerous awards including the Palme d’Or and an Academy Award. The film is called Pelle the Conqueror.

Source: Danish Film Institute


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.