Hero Of The Seas Awaits Green Light From NRK

An epic drama based on Hero Of The Seas (En sjøens helt) by Jon Michelet, who died on Saturday, is in development for NRK with a budget of NOK 130-150 million. The series of novels has sold 800,000 copies so far and the sixth volume, Krigerens hjemkomst, will be published this autumn. If greenlit, season one will be an adaptation of the first volume in the series, Skogsmatrosen, where 18-year-old Halvor Skramstad joins the Norwegian merchant navy in December 1939, and

Woman At War Selected For Cannes Critics Week

Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð), the second feature by Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson (Of Horses and Men), has been selected for the 57th La Semaine de la Critique sidebar (9 - 17 May) of the Cannes Film Festival, where it will receive its world premiere. The film follows Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir), an independent woman in her late 40s, who declares war on the local aluminium industry. She resorts to sabotage and is willing to risk everything to protect the

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