Two Nordic television series have received funding from the pan-Nordic funding body, the Nordisk Film og Tv Fond (NFTF).
The first of the two series is a World War II drama called Atlantic Crossing (Norwegian title: Alt for Norge). Atlantic Crossing is based on the true story of Norway’s Crown Princess Märtha, who fled Norway to the United States during World War II, where she lived in the White House and tried to persuade Franklin D. Roosevelt to enter the war.
The NFTF gave NOK 5 million in support. The series is produced by Cinenord Drama for NRK and is co-financed by SVT, DR, Yle, RÚV, with support from the Norwegian Film Institute’s filming incentives (these incentives target foreign productions). Filming started in June and is expected to run until June 2019, between the Czech Republic, Norway, Sweden, the UK and the US.
The premiere on NRK is set for September 2020.
The Valhalla Murders
The second television series is The Valhalla Murders, which will be an Icelandic crime series. Icelandic born police profiler Arnar who lives in Denmark, is asked to go back to his native country to investigate the first serial killer case. He teams up with the local senior inspector Kata who resents his arrival, as she is the lead detective on the case. The murders don’t seem to have much in common until they connect it to a home for troubled boys dated back to the 1980’s.
The Valhalla Murders stars Nína Dögg Filippudóttir (Trapped, Prisoners) and Björn Thors (Prisoners) and is written by Margrét Örnólfsdóttir (Trapped 2, Prisoners),in association with crime author and poet Óttar M. Norðfjörð.
Filming is set to start on October 9, 2018 with a delivery in the fall 2019.
The NFTF aims to promote co-productions between the five Nordic countries and also supports major television, film, and documentary productions in the region.