Six Nordic drama series have been nominated for the Nordisk Film og TV Fond Prize, which rewards the screenwriting of a Nordic drama series.
This year, six drama series have been nominated, with the prize going to the series’ main writer.
The nominees are:
The New Nurses (Denmark)
Directed by Roni Ezra, written by Claudia Boderke and Lars Mering
In 1952 matron Margrethe launches a controversial experiment at Fredenslund Hospital: To train men as nurses. The young soldier Erik persuades Margrethe to accept him as a part of the programme, and as he joins the first mixed-gender class the upper-class girl, Anna, catches his attention. The new students want to make a difference but they are up against rigid rules, prejudices and antiquated conventions.
All the Sins (Finland)
Directed by Mika Ronkainen, written by Merja Aakko and Mika Ronkainen
An addictively intriguing crime thriller about complex relationships and small town prejudices. After a ten-year absence, Detective Lauri Räihä is sent to investigate the murders of two men in the small northern town where he grew up. Lauri seeks answers to the case only to discover other truths about himself, his home town, and whether one has the power to forgive all sins.
The Flatey Enigma (Iceland)
Directed by Bjorn B. Bjornsson, written by Margret Ornolfsdottir
In the spring of 1971, Johanna, a professor of Nordic Studies is accused of murder. To prove her innocence Johanna has to solve the enigmatic riddle of The Book of Flatey, a medieval manuscript about the Kings of Norway. On her journey to solve the riddle, Johanna will have to delve deep into darkness and heartache.
Kieler Street (Norway)
Directed by Patrik Syversen, Cecilie A. Mosli, written by Stig Frode Henriksen, Jesper Sundnes, Patrik Syversen
Former criminal Jonas has assumed a new identity and lives in Scandinavia’s least criminal town, but the facade starts falling apart when he realizes that several other inhabitants have hidden identities. And they’re all willing to do anything it takes to protect their new lives.
State of Happiness (Norway)
Directed by Petter Naess & Pål Jackman, written by Mette M. Bølstad
It’s the summer of 1969 in the small coastal town of Stavanger, Norway. International oil companies have been test drilling for years, but nothing has been found and they are in the process of leaving. Stavanger lives off fish, and the North Sea is emptying out. Something has to happen. The town is in crisis. The night before Christmas 1969, the gas flare at the Ocean Viking is lit. Phillips Petroleum has found the largest sub sea oil basin in history. And everything is about to change.
The Inner Circle (Sweden)
Directed by Anders Hazelius, Håkan Lindhe, written by Anna Platt & Maja Winkler
The Swedish political elite have all gathered at ‘Almedalen week’, the world famous political forum. The Prime Minister is expected to stand down. But who will be her successor? David Ehrling, Minister for Enterprise, sees the opportunity to fulfill his life long dream. But does he have what it takes? Is he willing to pay the price? And is it really worth it?
The winner will receive NOK 200,000 (20,000 euros) and the prize will be presented during the Gothenburg Film Festival. This will be the third year of the prize. The first winner of the prize was the Norwegian series Nobel, and the 2018 winner was Denmark’s Ride Upon the Storm.
The jury consists of Finnish actress Laura Birn (The Innocents, A Walk Among the Tombstones), Swedish actor Alexander Karim (The Lawyer, Tyrant, Zero Dark Thirty), Swedish/American journalist and TV and podcast producer Christina Jeurling Birro (Pop Culture Confidential) and British content consultant and producer Justin Judd (Hulu, Content Media Corporation, Nevision).