Viaplay has announced The Dreamer – Becoming Karen Blixen (Drømmeren – Karen Blixen bliver til), a six-part drama starring Connie Nielsen (Gladiator) about the struggle of one of Denmark’s greatest authors to find her place in life while freeing herself from the expectations of family and society.
The story opens in the 1930s as Karen Blixen (Connie Nielsen) returns to Denmark after many years in east Africa, now penniless, sick, divorced and with her dreams in ruins. From this low point, the drama follows her ascent to become a renowned writer, including visualisations of her interior life and the magical universe of her stories.
Connie Nielsen said: “Karen Blixen has been a role model for me since I was a child: an adventurer, artist, traveller and thinker. But I didn’t know the full story of how a 46-year-old woman, in the midst of her life’s deepest crisis, found her unique talent through a process that was painful, trying and also exciting. I believe it’s important for women of all ages and backgrounds to know her inspiring story, and I’ll put my body and soul into portraying this incredible person.”
Viaplay Chief Content Officer, Filippa Wallestam, said: “The Dreamer – Becoming Karen Blixen offers a close-up look at the life of one of the greatest authors of all time – somebody who spent her life fighting to be the woman, person and artist she wanted to be. The exceptional creative team on both sides of the camera means our ambitions for this very special show are as high as possible.”
The Dreamer – Becoming Karen Blixen, directed by Jeanette Nordahl (Wildland), recently completed filming and is set to premiere on Viaplay across the Nordic region in 2022.