Nordic tv series screening at Berlinale

Splitting Up Together

The six television series that will be screened at the 2016 Berlinale Special Series have been revealed, with two Nordic titles set to screen.

Susanne Bier’s adaptation of John Le Carre’s spy thriller The Night Manager and the Danish television series Splitting Up Together will both have their premiere’s at the festival.

The Night Manager is an English-language mini series that follows former British soldier turned European hotel night manager Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston), who is recruited by Burr (Olivia Colman), an intelligence operative. He is tasked to navigate Whitehall and Washington DC, where there is an alliance between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. He must infiltrate the inner circle of arms dealing Richer Onslow Roper (Hugh Laurie), Roper’s girlfriend Jed (Elizabeth Debicki) and associate Corcoran (Tom Hollander). The six part mini series is set to be released on AMC and BBC in February 2016.

The Danish television series Splitting Up Together (pictured) is a foray into a variety of lifestyles and an original take on relationships today. Here’s the synopsis from DR:

Line and Martin have it all. Good jobs, beautiful kids, great friends, a nice house, a garden and a cat that only comes home to take a shit. But their love is worn out, the midlife crisis knocks on their door and their sex life is already dead and buried. So Line decides that she wants a divorce whilst they can still stand each other’s company. They put their house on the market only to realize that there are NO buyers, so the ex-couple decide to live together in the house while it is for sale. But that´s easier said than done! Line, who feels that she has been missing out on so much in her life, soon starts living a teenage kind of lifestyle including Tinder and hangovers – whilst Martin experiences a massive identity crisis. But the crisis makes him find not only himself – but also new meaning and a woman, who actually loves him. Meanwhile Line realizes that the grass might not be that much greener on the other side and maybe she isn’t really done with Martin after all?

Their best friends, Rune and Pernille, try very hard to make Martin and Line’s love blossom again, whilst Line’s single sister, Maja, looses all hope of meeting the one and only and gets inseminated in order to make her very own family. But then the love of her life appears…

Splitting Up Together is set to screen in Spring 2016.


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.