SF International taking Nordic TV drama to Cannes
Svensk Filmindustri’s sales company, SF International, is taking two of the most expensive Scandinavian television series ever produced to the Cannes Film Festival:
- 1864: Based on the best selling books by Tom Buk-Swienty, 1864 depicts the Danish-German war of 1864. While they didn’t win, the loss of 40% of Denmark’s territory & 20% of its population dramatically changed Denmark. The series was shot in 8×58 minute episodes and a two hour feature. The overall series cost €23 million and had 130 actors and 6,000 extras in the Czech Republic and on the Danish island of Funen. The series premiered on DR and is about to start in the UK
- The Heavy Water War: This Norwegian television series broke all sorts of records when it debuted back in January – having 1.3 million viewers on NRK. The series is about Operation Gunnerside – the most successful act of sabotage during WWII – where a group of Norwegian commandos demolished Norsk Hydro, where the Germans were producing the water they needed for nuclear weapons. It recently won the awards for Best Drama Series and Best Actor at the Gullruten Awards. The series is currently being aired in Denmark, will air in the UK.
Anita Simovic, head of sales at SF International, will also launch two new Swedish films at Cannes: The Master Plan (dir. Alain Darborg) & Heaven on Earth (dir. Kay Pollack)