Three Nordic Pubcasters Coming up with more Noir


The three Nordic pubcasters – Denmark’s DR, Norway’s NRK and Sweden’s SVT – have all started production of new noir drama series, following up on their other internationally successful programmes, which have received €0.7 million worth of support from theNordisk Film & TV Fond

Following The KillingBorgenThe Legacy and The Bridge (with SVT), DR is shootingFollow the Money, two seasons (each consisting of ten 60-minute episodes) of a drama-thriller set in the world of finance. Award-winning Danish director Per Fly – who most recently won a Guldbagge for the Monica Zetterlund biopic Waltz for Monica[+] – will be the conceptual director of the series, which is mainly written by Jeppe Gjervig Gram(Borgen).

Danish actors Thomas Bo LarsenNatalie Wolfsberg Madueño and Esben Smed play the leads in what is characterised not as a “whodunnit”, but a “how did they do it”. The actors play an investigator from the Fraud Squad, a young, ambitious lawyer, and a criminal trying to get back on the right track, respectively.

NRK has started principal photography for the 10×45-minute Occupied, from an original idea by Norwegian author Jo Nesbø, scripted by Norwegian screenwriter Harald Rosenløw Eeg (Hawaii, Oslo[+]Troubled Water[+]) and with Erik Skjoldbjærg(Pioneer[+]) as conceptual director. Swedish The Headhunters[+]‘ producer Marianne Gray will produce for Yellow Bird Norge, with France’s GTV Production and ARTE, and the series will star Ane Dahl Torp and Henrik Mestad in the leads.

The programme is set in the near future, after Russia has invaded Norway to control its oil resources – “a ‘silk glove’ occupation, where Russia is in power, but otherwise life goes on as usual, and people discuss whether it is really worth standing up and fighting”.

Produced by Strix Drama with Film i Väst, SVT’s Blue Eyes is filming in Gothenburg – as a stand-in setting for the interiors of Stockholm’s Rosenblad government building. Written byAlex Haridi, among others, and directed by Henrik Georgsson (The Bridge) and Fredrik Edfeldt, the conspiracy thriller revolves around the disappearance of a politician ten weeks before the general election – and during the campaign, a far right-wing terrorist cell, Veritas, carries out a violent attack.

Programmed for the autumn, Blue Eyes stars Louise Peterhoff as Elin Hammar, chief of staff at Sweden’s Ministry of Justice, who heads up the search for the missing person, with Sven Nordin as the Minister of Justice and Adam Lundgren.

via Cineuropa

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.