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GÖTEBORG 2021 Göteborg Industry

Göteborg’s TV Drama Vision looks to the future of the European drama industry

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- The online edition of the platform retains its rich programme of panels and discussions, alongside nine upcoming projects and a showcase of the Nordic series set to air in the next few months

Göteborg’s TV Drama Vision looks to the future of the European drama industry
Director Susanne Bier, the honorary guest of this year's TV Drama Vision (© Les Kaner)

Taking place entirely online from 3-4 February, the Göteborg Film Festival’s TV Drama Vision aims to present visions of the future in the European drama industry, focusing particularly on how the past year has affected production and to what extent it has accelerated global transitions in the industry. The aftermath of the streaming wars, audience behaviour, the stories that are being embraced now and the changes in common European storytelling are just some of the many subjects set to be discussed at one of the most important platforms for the industry.

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The honorary guest of TV Drama Vision is award-winning Danish writer-director Susanne Bier, who will deliver a keynote interview. The future of the scripted television industry will be presented by keynote speakers Walter Iuzzolino (CEO, Eagle Eye Drama) and market analyst Guy Bisson (Ampere Analysis), while Johanna Koljonen, media analyst and author of the Göteborg Film Festival’s Nostradamus report, will present its eighth edition. Other highlights include the launch of HBO Max in Europe and a look at the local original content to be included. Nordic broadcasters and streamers (SVT, YLE, NRK, DR, Viaplay, TV2 Danmark and TV4) will present some of their upcoming series and their plans for the future, while a special session on the advantages of virtual production is also being organised. The event is also looking further afield from just the Nordics, with a discussion on the global success of Spanish drama, along with examining future visions for festivals and markets in Europe. As always, the annual Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize will be handed out at the end of TV Drama Vision.

Regarding the selection, two projects that are currently at the work-in-progress stage are being presented. Swedish director Lisa James Larsson is showcasing her four-part drama based on true events A Royal Secret. Set in the 1950s, it follows the story of a forbidden love that got out into the public eye and led to one of the worst miscarriages of justice in Sweden. The other project is the Icelandic eight-part drama Blackport, another story based on true events, set in a small coastal fishing village between 1984 and 1991, during a challenging period for Iceland’s fishing industry, which was riddled with greed and corruption (see the news). The series is co-written and directed by members of the Vesturport collective, Gísli Örn Garðarsson, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, along with Mikael Torfason.

Furthermore, four Nordic series that are in development are being presented at TV Drama Vision. The Finnish drama 506 Grams of Ural Snow, written by Topi Koljonen, follows a police inspector who embarks on a dangerous trip to Russia with a local drug lord in order to investigate his son’s disappearance. The Norwegian political drama Power Play, directed by Yngvild Sve Flikke (Ninjababy [+see also:
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), probes the internal power struggle in the Norwegian Labour Party in the late 1970s and Gro Harlem Brundtland’s path to becoming the country’s first female prime minister. Vigdis is another political drama, directed by Baldvin Z (Let Me Fall [+see also:
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interview: Baldvin Z
interview: Kristin Thora Haraldsdóttir
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), and it also hinges on a similar subject, as it tells the story of the transformation of Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, portrayed by Nina Dogg Filipusdottir, who defied patriarchal society and became the world’s first elected female president in 1980. Also inspired by real events, the Swedish dramedy Whiskey on the Rocks focuses on one of the most embarrassing and absurd incidents of the Cold War when, in the early 1980s, a Soviet U-137 ‘Whiskey’-class submarine ran aground on rocks deep inside Swedish territorial waters.

Finally, three European projects in development wrap the selection of the section: the Croatian detective drama The Abyss, directed by Mladen Dizdar; the post-apocalyptic Croatian-Icelandic co-production The Possibility of an Island, written by Mateja Božičević; and the Estonian detective whodunnit series Who Shot Otto Mueller?, directed by Ain Mäeots.

Here is the complete list of projects selected for the 2021 TV Drama Vision:

Works in progress

A Royal Secret (Sweden)
Director: Lisa James Larsson
Screenwriter: Bengt Braskered
Producer: Lena Rehnberg (Stellanova Film)
Broadcaster: SVT
Sales: REinvent
Premiere: December 2021

Blackport (Iceland)
Directors/screenwriters: Gísli Örn Gardarsson, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Mikael Torfason
Producers: Nana Alfredsdottir, Gísli Örn Garðarsson (Vesturport)
Co-producers: Andrew Eaton, Justin Thomson (ARTE)
Broadcasters: RÚV, ARTE, DR, NRK, SVT, YLE
Sales: About Premium Content
Premiere: 2021

Projects in development

506 Grams of Ural Snow (Finland)
Screenwriter: Topi Koljonen
Producers: Eero Hietala, Ilkka Hynninen, Ella Piesala, Ville Haapasalo (Aito & Haapasalo Entertainment/Aito Media Group)
Broadcaster: YLE
Premiere: 2023

Power Play (Norway)
Director: Yngvild Sve Flikke
Creators/screenwriters: Johan Fasting, Silje Storstein, Kristin Grue
Producers: Vilje Kathrine Hagen (Motlys) Camilla Brusdal (Novemberfilm)
Broadcaster: NRK
Premiere: autumn 2022

Vigdis (Iceland)
Director: Baldvin Z
Screenwriters: Bjorg Magnusdottir, Jana Maria Gudmundsdottir, Agusta Olafsdottir
Producers: Agusta Olafsdottir, Rakel Gardarsdottir, Arnbjorg Haflidadottir, Hordur Runarsson (Vesturport, Glassriver)
Broadcaster: RÚV
Premiere: 2022/2023

Whiskey on the Rocks (Sweden)
Screenwriter: Jonas Jonasson
Producers/creators: Henrik Jansson-Schweizer, Patrick Nebout (Dramacorp)

The Abyss (Croatia) – in collaboration with CineLink, Sarajevo Film Festival
Director: Mladen Dizdar
Creator/screenwriter: Marjan Alčevski
Producer: Siniša Juričić (Nukleus Film)

The Possibility of an Island (Croatia/Iceland)
Screenwriter: Mateja Božičević
Producers: Nebojsa Taraba (Drugi Plan), Hordur Runarsson (Glassriver)
Premiere: autumn 2022

Who Shot Otto Mueller? (Estonia) – in collaboration with TV Beats, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
Director: Ain Mäeots
Screenwriter: Birk Rohelend
Producers: Ingrid Eloranta, Jevgeni Supin (Cuba Films)

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