At the C21 International Drama Awards in London on Wednesday night, based on a poll of 100 commissioners and buyers, Midnight Sun (Midnattssol) was named Best Non-English Language Drama and Fallet took home Best Comedy Drama.
Midnight Sun, which won Best New Series at the Roma Fiction Festival and the Audience Award for Best Series at Series Mania, fought off 4 Blocks (Germany), Maltese (Italy), Wasteland (Czechoslovakia), Ouro (France) and Your Honour (Israel) for Best Non-English Language Drama.
The series follows a French police officer who travels to a small mining community in northern Sweden, to investigate the brutal murder of a French citizen. She joins forces with a half-Sami, half-Swedish DA and together they are faced with more killings by a ruthless serial killer, who is always one step ahead, and has a macabre plan.
Meanwhile, Fallet, a Nordic Noir satire in which the heroine is a loner with a certain lack of self-awareness, edged out TANK (France), Nevsu (Israel), Back (UK) and Gap Year (UK) to become Best Comedy Drama.
The story begins with the macabre murder of a British man, which has religious overtones. Sophie Borg is drawn back to her old hometown of Norrbacka, where she gets one last chance at redemption as she investigates the case along with an equally inept British detective.
The C21 International Drama Awards are the only awards chosen by the World’s drama commissioners and buyers. They feature 14 categories and are judged by a panel of 100 leading players from the global drama industry.