Midnight Sun produced by Nice Drama for SVT, and the Rebecka Martinsson series produced by Yellow Bird for TV4, have both received funding from the Nordisk Film & TV Fond. Both Swedish series are filming at the same time in Kiruna and the Norrbotten region where the snowy and icy landscape provides an ideal setting for moody crime drama.
The eight part drama series Midnight Sun (Midnattssol) created by Måns Marlind and Björn Stein from an idea by Henrik Jansson-Schweizer (Nice Drama, Sweden) and Patrick Nebout (Atlantique Productions, France) will be the first-ever French / Swedish TV drama co-production and is set to premiere next autumn on SVT.
Alongside French actress Leila Bekhti and Sweden’s Gustav Hammarstan who play the title roles are Peter Stormare and Jessica Grabowsky (Thicker than Water). DR and NRK have pre-bought rights for their territories.
The Rebecka Martisson series will consist of four feature length episodes based on Åsa Larsson’s crime novels. The screen adaptation was written by Mattias Grosin and Henrik Engström, and has been shooting since August by director Frefrik Edfeldt (Blue Eyes).
Actress Ida Engvoll (Arne Dahl) plays Kiruna-born tax lawyer Rebecka Martinsson who investigates a series of crimes with police inspector Anna-Maria Mella and her partner Sven-Erik Stålnacke. Daniel Gulling is producing for Yellow Bird in co-production with TV4, ARD Degeto and Filmpool Nord.