Berlinale Shines Spotlight On New Nordic Dramas

DR’s adaptation of the Jakob Ejersbo novel Liberty, and NRK sports drama Home Ground (Heimebane), have been invited to premiere at the Berlinale Series sidebar of the Berlin International Film Festival (15 – 25 February).

Berlinale Series has selected seven dramas from Australia, Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, Israel, Norway, and the US that look into the depths of the human soul and prove that resistance to power structures is not only possible, but necessary. They depict reactionary political systems, turmoil in society, and protagonists who are determined to forge their own paths.

Home Ground follows Helena Mikkelsen (Ane Dahl Torp) as she leaves a successful women’s football team to become the first female manager of fictional team Varg i Ulsteinvi in the Norwegian Premier League. She wages a hard fight against misogynistic players and supporters alike, and aims to prove that women are every bit as good as men.

Director, Arild Andresen, told NRK: “I’m really pleased with this universe and its characters, and it’s a great script written by Johan Fasting. It has been a lot of fun to work on and we are proud to premiere the show there.”

Liberty, starring Sofie Gråbøl and Carsten Bjørnlund, follows two young men from very different backgrounds. Christian is the son of Danish ex-pats, while Marcus works as a house boy for a Swedish family and their friendship defines a divided continent. When they decide to go into business together, they are unwittingly set on a collision course, but will it be love or money that tears them apart?

DR Cultural Director, Tine Smedegaard Andersen, said: “Three years ago, our drama series Follow The Money (Bedrag) went to Berlin, and I’m proud of the fact that, at DR, we are now getting international recognition for our constant and long-term focus on television drama. It is also a great acknowledgment for the whole team behind Liberty.”