New Icelandic mini-series proves popular with the locals

The new Icelandic mini-series Manners has been picked up by DR Sales, which will market the series around the world, the Nordisk Film og TV Fond reports.

Manners dominated Icelandic ratings over the Easter period, and now it is ready to travel around the world. The story was initially turned into a radio play before being picked up by the Icelandic public broadcaster RUV and screened over Easter, where it achieved the best ratings and received positive reactions from critics.

The series, which is based on a true story, is about a high school student accused of raping a girl. The main character, 19-year-old Einar, is the coolest guy at college. After a concert, he takes Ella to the student association’s room. There she experiences him raping her, but according to him it was just lousy sex. The story travels around the school as the girl posts about it on social media. Einar denies the accusations, but it continues to affect him and his family.

Manners was produced by Baldvin Z’s Glassriver. María Reyndal wrote and directed the series after spending a few years researching sexual violence in Iceland.

No international release date has been set for the series.

You can watch a trailer (in Icelandic) below:


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.