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Canneseries confirms 4 Nordic series in competition


Top Dog / PHOTO: Zdfe

Atlantic Crossing, Top Dog, Man in Room 301 and Partisan are among 10 international long-running series set to compete.

Postponed from its original April dates to October 9-14, due to the pandemic, the third Canneseries TV series festival will unfold both online and on-site.

The first two episodes of each series will be available for audiences to view for free in virtual screening rooms on the new digital platform Canneseries live. 

Both the Norwegian period drama Atlantic Crossing (NRK) and Swedish thriller Top Dog (C More/TV4) will screen at Canneseries ahead of their domestic premiere.  

Atlantic Crossing
 produced by Cinenord with support from Nordisk Film & TV Fond, is an ambitious period biopic inspired by true events. Sofia Helin stars as Norwegian Crown Princess Märtha who fled from the Nazi occupation of Norway to become a key figure in world politics. The show features her close relationship with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt played by Kyle MacLachlan.

The US actor will discuss his role and career at a live masterclass at Cannes Rendez-vous on October 12.  The series will premiere on NRK October 25. Beta Film handles distribution.  


Canneseries confirms 4 Nordic series in competition

Atlantic Crossing / PHOTO: Cinenord Drama L

Top Dog produced by Filmlance International, is based on Jens Lapidus’ book series. The eight-part new series focuses on the clash between Stockholm business attorney Emily Jansson (Josefin Asplund) and ex-con Teddy Maksumic (Alexej Manvelov) who wants to get out of the local mafia. Teddy helps Emily find the son of the firm’s most important client who has been kidnapped.

The Swedish thriller will premiere on C More October 7 and TV4 October 18. ZDFE handles global distribution.

Both the Swedish thriller Partisan and Finnish drama thriller Man in Room 301 premiered respectively on the Nordic streamer Viaplay in August 2020 and Finnish platform Elisa Viihde late December 2019, attracting record opening viewers and positive reviews in the local press.

The five-part thriller Partisan stars Fares Fares stars as a cop who infiltrates a seemingly luxurious Swedish Eco Farm only to discover that it is a cover-up for the worst form of human trafficking.

Playing against Fares Fares - co-creator of the show), is Johan Rheborg.

The series was produced by Warner Bros Sweden for Viaplay. Federation Entertainment handles global sales outside the Nordics.

Man in Room 301 is a family drama exploring the themes of retribution, justice, guilt and forgiveness.

A family on holiday in Greece, who come across a young man who looks like Elias a person who was blamed 12 years earlier for the death of their little boy. The 6-part series was produced by Warner Bros Finland. About Premium Content handles global distribution.


Canneseries confirms 4 Nordic series in competition

Man In Room 301 / PHOTO: Apc

Also selected at Canneseries, out of competition, is Shadowplay created by Swedish writer/director Måns Mårlind (The Bridge, Midnight Sun), set to have its world premiere.

The high-end drama set in Berlin in the summer of 1946 stars Taylor Kitsch, Michael C. Hall and Nina Hoss.

Studiocanal’s Tandem Productions is producing, with Bron Studios, in co-production with ZDF. Viaplay holds Nordic rights.

Canneseries winners will be announced October 14, 2020.