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‘Valkyrien’ heading to UK’s Walter Presents

British pubcaster Channel 4’s on-demand foreign-language service Walter Presents has picked up the Nordic Noir drama Valkyrien.

The series will premiere on Channel 4 next year before all episodes are made exclusively on Walter Presents.

The eight-part series, produced by Tordenfilm for NRK, follows an illegal hospital hidden in an Oslo underground station. We follow a physician who fakes his terminally ill wife’s death but keeps her secretly alive in an induced coma while he desperately tries to find a cure for her illness. To finance this, he makes alliances with the criminal world and treats a variety of patients who need to stay off the grid.

The name comes from a square in Oslo, titled the Valkyrie Square. The common tunnel of the Oslo metro ran underneath it between 1912 and 1985, but had to close due to a tunnel collapse when 800 cubic metres of rock fell into the tunnel. The tunnel was closed in January 1985.

 

Valkyrien will have its local release on NRK in January 2017 and will also screen in the other Nordic countries.

 

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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.