The Göteborg Film Festival has announced that it will include TV series in its line-up from neighbouring Nordic countries along with the world premiere of three Swedish series.
“It feels like completely the right time for the Göteborg Film Festival to include TV drama in its programme in a well thought-out and structured way,” says the festival’s artistic director, Jonas Holmberg.
“We’re happy that we’ve had such a strong response from the Nordic TV industry, which has made it possible for us to present a programme of high international class. This is a programme that says a lot about the Nordic countries today, about our history and our economic and ecological challenges.”
The inaugural TV line-up comprises:
The Most Forbidden | Det mest förbjudna (Sweden)
This is loosely based on Kerstin Thorvall’s autobiographical novel of the same name. When The Most Forbidden came out in 1976, it led to a fierce debate about how a middle-aged woman live her life: can she fulfill her sexual desires, and write about them? Should she spend less time with her children to go to work?
Follow the Money | Bedrag (Denmark)
A dead body is found near a windfarm on the Danish coast and when the hardened detective Mads (Bo Larsen) gets involved he soon sees that it wasn’t just an accident. The deeper he gets into the investigation, the more suspicious he becomes of the new, rapidly expanding company Energen — and suddenly he himself is drawn into a web of shady business and financial crime.
Occupied | Okkupert (Norway)
In a fictitious future, Europe faces a difficult energy crisis. Hurricane Maria has wrecked Norway and the climate crisis’ gives the Norwegian Green Party a boost in the opinion polls. When the Green prime minister Jesper Berg gets into power, he does all he can to shut down fossil fuel production, which leads to Russia occupying Norway.
Trapped | Ofærd (Iceland)
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson plays a police chief struggling with life after a divorce. A ferry arrives at the small Icelandic coastal town where he lives and a fishing boat discovers a dismembered corpse near the shore, which has probably been thrown from the ferry. The passengers and locals are held in the town but the police soon realise that a murderer is on the loose.
The Red Couple (Finland)
The Red Couple tells the story of Finnish couple Hertta Kuusinen and Yrjö Leino — both are active communists who came to influence Finnish politics for good. A love story filled with passion, commitment and guile about two people who began at the grassroots but who became full-time top politicians.
Springtide | Springfloden (Sweden)
Spring Tide is a film adaptation of the Beck and Arne Dahl authors’ Rolf and Cilla Börjlind’s novel of the same name. A homeless former investigator (Kjell Bergqvist) and an aspiring police officer (Julia Ragnarsson) comes into contact with the latter and begins to solve an unsolved case in which a pregnant woman was buried alive on a beach on North Koster Island, Sweden.
30 Degrees in February 30 grader i februari (Sweden)
The second season turns into three different stories that sometimes meet along the way with unexpected consequences. Several of the old actors are still here – plus Maria Lundqvist, Kjell Wilhelmsen and Duangjai Hirunsri.