State of Happiness To Compete At Canneseries

Eight-part period drama State of Happiness (Lykkeland), has been selected for the inaugural Canneseries Competition (4 - 11 April), with a story about a changing nation and four people who are thrown into a whirlwind of opportunities. It will premiere on NRK this autumn. It’s the summer of 1969 in the small coastal town of Stavanger. International oil companies have been test-drilling for years, but nothing has been found and they are in the process of leaving. However, on Christmas Eve 1969,

International Intrigue For Chief Inspector Ratamo

Distributor Federation Entertainment has boarded ten-part Finnish political espionage thriller Secret Enemies (Ratamo) as co-producer and will take the show to MIPTV in Cannes for international sales next month (9 - 12 April). Devised by Roope Lehtinen and Mikko Pöllä (Black Widows) based on the Arto Ratamo series of books by Taavi Soininvaara, Secret Enemies is written by Timo Varpio (Downshifters) who won a Venla Award in 2002 for Kultakuume.com. When Chief Inspector Arto Ratamo (Samuel Vauramo) is called in to investigate

Two Jón Atli Jónasson Thrillers Invited To Cannes

Two crime thrillers by Icelandic playwright and screenwriter Jón Atli Jónasson (The Deep) have been invited to the inaugural CannesSeries (8 - 11 April). Violator has been selected for the In Development sidebar, whilst Arctic Circle will appear at the MIPDrama Buyers' Summit. Co-written by Ragnar Jonsson, Violator has been selected as one of twelve projects shortlisted from 344 submissions for the In Development sidebar, a two-day creative forum that provides screenwriters and producers the opportunity to pitch, finance and find

Thomas Engström’s West Of Liberty Now Filming

Filming has begun in Germany for West of Liberty, a six-part adaptation of the first in a series of political thrillers by Thomas Engström about former STASI agent Ludwig Licht, played by Wotan Wilke Möhring. Ludwig Licht (Wotan Wilke Möhring) is retired and running a bar in Berlin when Clive Barner (Matthew Marsh), head of the CIA Berlin station and Licht´s contact from his time as a double agent in the seventies, drags him back into the darkness of the intelligence

The Matrix Star Carrie-Anne Moss Joins Wisting

Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) will play FBI agent Maggie Griffin in Viaplay’s ten-part crime drama Wisting, adapted by Trygve Allister Diesen (The Third Eye) and Katrine Valen Zeiner (Eyewitness) from Jørn Lier Horst’s novels The Hunting Dogs and The Caveman. Empathetic, meticulous and relentless – the only thing to escape Larvik detective William Wisting (Sven Nordin) in his hunt for Norway’s most notorious criminals is a happy family life. And when two mysterious deaths interrupt Wisting’s Christmas, it is the beginning