Starring: Axel Bøyum, Anneke von der Lippe, Odin Waage
2014. Series Ended
Eyewitness is a six part Norwegian thriller set in Mysen in Østfold. Teenagers Philip and Henning are secretly in love and meet one evening at a remote sand quarry, fearful of being discovered. When a car pulls up unexpectedly, it looks like the boys have stumbled upon the location for a gangland execution, but instead soon witness the coldblooded slaughter of the executioners by the captive who then sets his sights on the boys, who have seen everything.
Terrified for their lives, the boys escape and fearful of the consequences of bringing knowledge of their relationship into the open, they form a pact never to reveal what they saw. But events and the investigation are catching up with them….
Local Chief of Police and foster mother to Phillip, Helen Sikkeland has caught the case of the sand quarry murders – a case that is strangely not adding up, suggesting links to the crime world and the use of police informers. Crucially, she doesn’t yet know her son is a key witness in this huge case.
As long as the witnesses stay silent the case will never be solved but for how long will they be able to hide what they’ve witnessed? How long until the murder weapon is recovered putting both Phillip, Henning and those closest to them in danger? And how long until their secret is revealed? It’s a matter of life and death, especially with the newly appointed Chief of the Organized Crime Unit keen to bury the case.
The series was nominated for four awards at Gullruten 2015: Best Television Drama, Best Sctress (Anneke von der Lippe), Best Cinematography – Drama (Lars Vestergaard) and Best Screenplay – drama (Jarl Emsell Larsen).