The Nordisk Film & TV Fond has published an article outlining three new television series that were pitched this week at the Scandinavia Screening event in Reykjavik, Iceland. These series are currently being produced for NRK, Norway’s pubcaster. The event was a market that focuses on Nordic television and took place for the first time this year.
Since we love Norwegian television, here’s an overview of the upcoming series:
- Atlantic Crossings (Alt for Norge, not to be confused with the reality series) is a period drama inspired by the true story of the romance between Crown Princess Märtha of Norway and US President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Second World War. Sofia Helin stars in the series, which is co-written by Linda May Kallestein, Lars K. Andersen (Flame & Citron), and Michael W. Horsten (The Killing). The series is directed/co-scripted by Alexander Eik and produced by Cinenord for NRK.
- July (22 Juli) is directed by Pål Sletaune (Next Door) who co-wrote the script with Sara Johnsen (Upperdog). The series deals with the consequences of the acts of terrorist Anders Behring Breivik and will show how ordinary people were affected by the killings. NRK Drama is confident in this new style of television, which aims to reflect on the individuals affected. The show will start filming in April next year with an autumn 2019 release.
- One Night (En natt) is a romantic comedy about two people meeting on a blind date who will be told in real time. The series is created by Øystein Karlsen (Dag), who co-wrote the script with Kristopher Schau. Viafilm is producing for NRK with filming to start in August. MyAnna Buring, who had a role in Breaking Dawn (from the Twilight series), will star in the series.
In total, thirty Nordic television dramas and documentaries were pitched to over one hundred industry professionals from all over the world. Does this mean more television series will come to your country? Possibly! Watch this space.