Simen Alsvik / PHOTO: Joseph Pessar

Twin producers line up thriller with Ragnarok writer Simen Alsvik

Nordisk Film Norway is developing the crime thriller Fenris, and plans to start production in 2021.

Fenris (8x45’) is directed ans co-written by seasoned TV director Simen Alsvik, attached to the hit Norwegian shows Lilyhammer, Next Summer, and most recently to BBC’s The Nest, and Netflix’s Ragnarok (as co-writer/exec producer). The series is co-written by Maren Skolem (The Oil Fund) and Tomas Solli (Lilyhammer, Occupied).

Fenris centres on biologist Emma Salomonsen (31) who turns detective when a boy vanishes, and wolf fur and blood are found on his jacket. The conflict between wolves and livestock is fierce in the small community where she lives. Emma stubbornly denies that the boy was attacked by wolves, but what if a wolf had attacked a human being for the first time in more than two centuries? Slowly she starts finding answers in a village with many secrets and hidden agendas.

Fenris will be produced by Nordisk Film Production Norway’s Sigurd Mikal Karoliussen and co-produced with Germany’s Peter Nadermann of Nadcon. Delivery is set for 2022.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, two feature projects produced by Nordisk Film Production Norway have been postponed: 

  • the mega WW2 project Kampen om Narvik directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg. Filming had to stop mid-March and the remaining winter shoots are rescheduled for 2021. Aage Aaberge is producing.
  • Everyone Hates Johan (Alle hater Johan) is the feature debut of Hallvar Witzø, Oscar-nominated for his short film Tuba Atlantic and Palme d’or nominated for Yes We Love 2014. The comedy drama written by the acclaimed Erlend Loe (North, Struggle for Life) focuses on Johan Grande’s struggle to belong and to be loved. Elisabeth Kvithyll is producing. Filming initially due to take place between April 20 to May 22, has been pushed to this fall, with a theatrical release set for 2021.  

Meanwhile NRK’s crime show Twin produced by Nordisk Film Norway, has received strong reviews across the board in leading UK newspapers such as The Times, The Telegraph, The New Statesman where critics have praised notably the acting and the photogenic Lofoten Islands.

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Twin producers line up thriller with Ragnarok writer Simen Alsvik

The series starring Kristoffer Hivju premiered on BBCFour April 4. “We’re super happy about the great response in the UK,” said Karoliussen. “The crime story set in the exotic Lofoten Islands has been a perfect form of escapism for viewers during the Covid-19 lockdown,” said the producer. “A lot of fans have asked us about a second season. We would love to make one, but nothing is confirmed yet,” added the producer.

Nordisk Film Norway's ambitious co-production -the true crime series Scandinavian Star produced with Danish Documentary and Nordisk Film Denmark was another critical and audience success with around 600,000 average viewers on NRK and 700,000 on DR as of mid-April. the series tackles the 1990 unsolved arson on the Scandinavian Star ferry. "Due to disclosures in our series, the Danish Parliament has recently announced a new investigation. This was one of the main goals of our series and it shows the importance and impact that documentaries can have," added Karoliussen.

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