On Sunday, at the closing ceremony for RomaFictionFest at The Space Cinema in Rome, Midnight Sun was presented with awards for Best New TV Series, Best Director (Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein), and Best Screenplay (Måns Mårlind).
Midnight Sun is a $10.9 million eight-part thriller which follows French police officer Kahina Zadi (Leïla Bekhti) as she travels to Kiruna, a small mining community in remote northern Sweden, to investigate the brutal murder of a French citizen.
Zadi joins forces with a half-Sami, half-Swedish DA Anders Harnesk (Gustaf Hammarsten) and together they are faced with more killings by a ruthless serial killer, who is always one step ahead, and has a macabre plan.
In their acceptance speech, Mårlind and Stein said: “We believe this time will be remembered as a magnificent era. For example – in this series there are five languages spoken, including Sami and Arabic. And even if it is made as a thriller it is basically about racism. This series could not have been done five years ago.”