HBO Nordic Orders Sci-fi Original Beforeigners

The first HBO Nordic original project to be ordered from from Norway will be eight-part science fiction drama Beforeigners (Fremvandrerne), written by Lilyhammer co-creators Anne Bjørnstad and Eilif Skodvin about travellers seeking refuge from another time. Two individuals appear in Oslo under mysterious circumstances, but are just the first of many to arrive from the past who seek refuge in our time. However, The main focus of the series takes place seven years later, as the community is transformed by the

Cannes Festival Invites Supernatural Border

Danish director Ali Abbasi, whose debut feature Shelley was nominated at both the Bodil and Robert Awards this year, will compete in the Un Certain Regard sidebar of the 71st Cannes Film Festival (8 - 19 May) with his supernatural love story Border (Gräns), based on the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist (Let the Right One In). A border guard (Eva Melander) with a sixth sense for identifying smugglers develops a strange attraction to a suspect (Eero Milonoff) who is the

State of Happiness Best Script At Canneseries

Norwegian period drama State of Happiness (Lykkeland), starring Pia Tjelta and Per Kjerstad, was presented with awards for Best Script and Best Score at the inaugural Canneseries drama festival on Wednesday, but was edged out by When Heroes Fly (Israel) for the accolade of Best Drama. It’s 1969 in the small coastal town of Stavanger and international oil companies have been test-drilling for years, but nothing has been found. They are in the process of leaving when, on Christmas Eve, a

Viaplay Finds Cold Courage From Pekka Hiltunen

MTG Studios has announced that eight-part international crime drama Cold Courage, adapted by David Joss Buckley (Hinterland) from the best-selling novel by Pekka Hiltunen, will premiere on streaming service Viaplay in 2019. Directed by Agneta Fagerström-Olsson (Wallander), Cold Courage follows two young Finnish women in London who are drawn inexorably together by the Studio – a clandestine group dedicated to bringing justice to those beyond the law. However, as the Studio's fight intensifies against exploitation, violence and corporate greed, can its

Ride Upon the Storm Scoops International Sales

Distributor Studiocanal has announced several international sales for Danish drama Ride Upon The Storm (Herrens veje), written by Adam Price (Borgen), which recently won Best Drama, Best Actor and Best Actress at the Robert Awards. Ride Upon the Storm follows a family, headed by Johannes (Lars Mikkelsen), who have been priests for more than 250 years. However, his sons are now desperate to free themselves from his tyranny, so the devout August becomes an army chaplain in the Middle East, while