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Silja Hauksdóttir’s crime series Sisterhood set to land at Viaplay

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- The six-part crime drama, starring Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir and Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir in the lead roles, will be NENT Group’s second Icelandic original

Silja Hauksdóttir’s crime series Sisterhood set to land at Viaplay
Halldóra Geirharsdóttir in Sisterhood (© Juliette Rowland)

Silja Hauksdóttir’s new project, a six-episode series entitled Sisterhood, will be NENT Group’s second Icelandic original following Stella Blómkvist. The director of Iceland’s Oscars hopeful Agnes Joy [+see also:
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filmed the six-episode crime drama last summer.

Sisterhood, penned by a team of writers including Björg Magnúsdóttir (The Minister), Jóhann Ævar Grímsson (Stella Blómkvist), Jóhanna Friðrika Sæmundsdóttir (Agnes Joy) and Hauksdóttir herself, revolves around a young girl’s disappearance that happened 25 years ago. In detail, viewers will follow Vera (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir), an ambitious police detective dissatisfied with the original investigation, who is led to an unlikely trio of successful and respectable women. Nurse Karlotta (Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir), minister Elisabet (Lilja Nótt Þórarinsdóttir) and chef Anna Sigga (Jóhanna Friðrika Sæmundsdóttir) have long lived in the shadow of a terrible crime – and will go to any length to stop it coming to light.

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Sagafilm producer Tinna Proppé told Cineuropa: “Sisterhood is a very unique project and one that is really close to my heart. In it, we get to know the main characters on a deep personal level and experience their feelings of fear and guilt as well as how they react differently to their changed reality. Sisterhood is a fresh take on a known genre, the crime and perpetrators are known from the get go but it is their personal journey that locks the viewer in.”

Meanwhile, NENT Group's Chief Content Officer Filippa Wallestam added: “The new wave of Nordic noir often reaches beyond ‘whodunnit?’ to ask ‘why?’. Like our smash hit Those Who Kill, Sisterhood unfolds from the perpetrators’ perspective, creating an unsettling and compelling experience. High-quality local storytelling is key to our international expansion, and this unique show will be a milestone in establishing Viaplay’s position among Icelandic streaming audiences.”

Sisterhood was produced by NENT Group with Icelandic outfit Sagafilm. Hilmar Sigurðsson and Kjartan Thor Thordarson served as executive producers. The series was first released in Iceland over Easter on Síminn and will premiere on Viaplay in 2022.

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