Exclusive: The Swedish suspense thriller series about an ordinary truck driver and family man who makes a fatal mistake, has started filming around Göteborg.
The six-part series Missing People (Försvunna människor) is directed by Tova Magnusson (Solsidan, The Most Forbidden), based on an original screenplay by Ulf Ryberg (Millennium, Headhunters). Unlimited Stories’ Patrik Ryborn (A Piece of My Heart, Sune franchise) is producing for Swedish pubcaster SVT. REinvent International Sales is handling world distribution.
The story is set on a hot summer day. Erwin drives his tanker over the Öresund Bridge and into Sweden, as he has done so many times before. But what looks like a routine drive is a nervous journey for him. In the tank are eight smuggled Syrian refugees. Erwin does it because he wants to help them, but his boss does it for the money. Among the refugees are the pregnant woman Mouna and a young feverish boy, who cannot cope with the stuffy air in the tank. Erwin hides them in the back of his cabin, but suddenly he sees a police road check in front of him. He has ended up at a point where his life will take a dramatic turn.
In the title roles are Finnish actor Ville Virtanen (Bordertown, Thicker than Water), Sweden’s Sandra Stojiljkovic (Thin Blue Line, The Bridge) and Peter Viitanen (Real Humans, Sthlm Requiem).
“It’s basically about good guys who take the wrong decisions and how it will affect them,” said Patrick Ryborn.
“Ever since Ulf Ryberg gave us the award-winning series The Crying Minister (1993), we have been looking forward to the time when he would once again explore the theme of moral dilemmas. Finally we have the series that we’ve been waiting for,” said Anna Croneman, Head of Drama at SVT.
The series is a co-production with Film i Väst, co-financed so far by NRK in Norway, DR in Denmark, C More/MTV3 in Finland, RÚV in Iceland, and Lumiere Group in the Benelux.
Filming has started three weeks ago in the Västra Götaland county and will last another 16 weeks.
The premiere on SVT is scheduled for 2022.