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Two Nordic television dramas will compete for a Golden Nymph at the Monte Carlo Television Festival in June.

The first of the series is the Norwegian political drama Nobel, which was produced by Monster Scripted. Directed by Per-Olav Sørensen, the series follows intertwining stories to do with Norway’s involvement in Afghanistan as well as international politics. A returning soldier, played by Askel Hennie, kills an Afghan man in a Norwegian carpark in defence and the situation is escalated as the man is known to have links to the Norwegian government. The series rotates between the lead-up scenes in Afghanistan, as well as the unfolding situation in Norway.

Nobel was written by Mette Marit Bøstad and Stephen Uhlander. It has been released on Netflix in the English-speaking countries as well as throughout the Nordics and select European countries. The premiere of the series in Norway had around 1.322 million viewers (Source). Nobel has won the 2016 Prix Europa Media Award for Best European TV Movie/Mini-Series and won the Nordic TV Prize for Best Script, which is hosted by the Nordisk Film & TV Fond.

The second series that has been nominated is the recent Swedish/French co-production Midnight Sun. Created by Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein (known for their work on The Bridge), the series starts with the brutal murder of a French citizen in Kiruna, Sweden. A French homicide investigator Kahina Zadi (Leïla Bekhti) travels to the region to work alongside Anders Harnesk (Gustaf Hammarsten). There the two find that the investigation has ties to the Kiruna mine as well as the local Sami culture. 

In the ‘news’ section of the festival, Denmark’s Fraud or Borrelia: The German Diagnosis and Norway’s Dugma: The Button are nominated for Best Documentary. Vamizi: Cradle of Coral, a Swedish entry, is in the Special Jury Prince Rainier III.

The winners of the 57th Monte-Carlo Television Festival will be announced on the 20th of June 2017. Read about the festival here: http://www.tvfestival.com/

Our review of Midnight Sun will be available in the May issue of Cinema Scandinavia, which will also focus on Nordic documentary. Meanwhile, you can read our interview with Aksel Hennie about Nobel here.