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

Bullets Wins Hearts Of Drama Buyers At Cannes

Variety reports that Finnish thriller Bullets, written by Pesonen Matti Laine (Bordertown) and Kirsi Vikman (Mother of Mine), was presented with the inaugural MIPDrama Buyers’ Summit Coup de Coeur Award on Sunday in Cannes. The MIPDrama Buyers’ Summit focuses on new trends and upcoming series in production, and provides buyers with a first look at six new high-end dramas, selected for their writing and production values, originality and worldwide appeal. Bullets follows two strong women. Mari Saari (Krista Kosonen) is a cop

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

Those Who Kill Set For Reboot On Viaplay

Those Who Kill (Den som dræber), which originally aired on TV2 Denmark in 2011, is set for a reboot on Viaplay and TV3 with a fresh take that includes a brand new cast and narrative structure, directed by Carsten Myllerup (Black Widows). Based on an original idea by Elsebeth Egholm, the first season originally aired as five two-part stories and concluded with the feature film Fortidens skygge. However, season two will be a single continuous crime story across eight episodes that