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Two Nordic television dramas selected for the Berlinale Series

Two Nordic television dramas, Liberty and Home Ground, have been selected to screen in the Berlinale Series section of the Berlin Film Festival.

The Berlinale Series section has been part of the festival since 2015, and will now run under a new name and move to a new venue, Zoo Palast. Major television series have aired in the section since its founding, including Better Call Saul and Susanne Bier’s The Night Manager. The Australian series Picnic at Hanging Rock will open the 2018 programme.

This year, Denmark and Norway will be represented in the section.

The Danish series is Liberty, which stars Sofie Gråbøl (The Killing) and Carsten Bjørnlund (The Legacy), the latter of which will attend the festival. Liberty examines the lasting effects of colonialism and is set in Tanzania in the 1980’s, following aid workers and ex-pats. The series is based on the novel by Jakob Ejersbo and is premiering on DR1 on the 25th of February this year.

The Norwegian series Home Ground is a sport-driven series following female coach Helena Mikkelsen (Ane Dahl Torp) who is struggling to succeed as Europe’s first female coach for a mens team in the National Premier league in Norway. Home Ground will premiere on NRK in March 2018.

 

The Berlin Film Festival runs from the 15th to the 25th of February.

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.