New ‘Nordic Noirs’ to be shown at French TV festival

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Last year’s Series Mania TV festival in Fontainebleau, France looked like an intriguing weekend, full of screenings and industry-style talks and panel sessions. This year it’s back and it’s always worth looking at the program because plenty of new stuff is unveiled. It’s no difference this year, and there’s plenty of new series from the Nordic regions being debuted. Let’s take a look at what’s coming up…

Deadwind
Country: Finland
Duration: 12 parts
When Sofia Karppi, a detective in her 30’s who is trying to get over her husband’s death, discovers the body of a young woman on a construction site, she triggers a chain of events that threatens to destroy her life all over again. Deadwind is a highly thrilling series from Finland mixing crime investigation and personal drama.

Hard Diplomacy
Country: Finland
Duration: 10 parts
A rogue U.S. ambassador and a shady Finnish engineering genius plan to make a fortune with an illegal data collection device but their partnership is too explosive to work – literally.

The Emporer
Country: Finland
Duration: 10 parts
The Emperor is based on the true story of celebrated hero cop Jari Aarnio, who busted dozens of prominent drug lords. Now the veteran drug squad chief is in prison himself, accused of smuggling 1,000 kg of hashish into Finland with the help of the notorious leader of the United Brotherhood.

Borderline (Grenseland)
Country: Norway
Duration: Eight parts
An honest cop decides to break the law to save his brother´s children and is dragged down a slippery slope of justifiable crimes with increasingly unjustifiable consequences.

Monster (pictured above)
Country: Norway
Duration: Seven parts
In the north of Norway, a young girl disappears from an isolated religious community. Detective Hedda Gilbert returns to her place of birth where she is forced to work with special agent Dreyer. Each of them is fighting their own demons.

Your Honor
Country: Israel
Duration: Three parts
Micah Alkoby is a brilliant judge who is on the cusp of a big promotion when his son becomes embroiled in a hit-and-run, the victim in which turns out to be a member of a notorious criminal family. Like an Israeli Baccalauréat, Your Honor weaves together high-pressure situations and characters caught up in breathtaking spiral of events.

I Know Who You Are
Country: Spain
Duration: 16 parts
Reputed lawyer Juan Elias loses his memory in an accident. Clues found in his car point to him as the murderer of his niece, Ana. With the help of his entourage, he attempts to reconstruct events in this series that is at once thriller and family drama, about the clash of two families each about to break down, with a subtle performance from Blanca Portillo, star of many films by Almodovar. This one has picked up in the UK by BBC4.

Fatale-Station
Country: Canada
Duration: 10 parts
Someone is trying to kill Sarah, and she takes refuge in the village of Fatale-Station. But the arrival of this stranger in this peaceful, out-of-the-way spot is less than appreciated by the village’s 1804 inhabitants. With its mysterious and sometimes ruthless characters, Fatale-Station skillfully takes on the codes of the genre for a contemporary interpretation of the classic western.

The Forest
Country: France
Duration Six parts
Sixteen-year-old Jennifer disappears one night from her village in the Ardennes. Captain Gaspard Deker leads the investigation with local cop Virginie Musso, who knew the girl well. They are helped by Eve, a lonely and mysterious woman. With its ensemble cast, La Forêt tells the story of how one community implodes as people start disappearing and the subterfuge grows.

The Swell
Country: Poland
Duration: 10 parts
A teenager is found dead in a quiet little village in Poland. Paweł, a teacher who recently took up his post at the school, decides to lead his own unofficial investigation, while everyone is still unaware of his links to the victim.

4 Blocks
Country: Germany
Duration: Six parts
Toni is secretly preparing a career change in order to escape from a world of drugs, prostitution, and money laundering. But when his brother-in-law is arrested during a raid, he can’t leave the Berlin-Neukölin’s clan. It’s a question of honour.

Before We Die
Country: Sweden
Duration: 10 parts
Hanna is a brilliant cop who is trying to fix her relationship with her own son. But any kind of reconciliation seems impossible once she has him arrested for drug-related crimes. Then her professional and personal lives are turned upside down when Sven, her friend, coworker and lover, disappears.

Tempel
Country: Germany
Duration: Six parts
Boxer-turned-nurse Mark Tempel is threatened with being kicked out of the apartment where he lives with his daughter and disabled wife. The day the mafia violently threatens his family, Tempel returns to his former life as a boxer mixed up in petty crime.

Heaven
Country: Japan
Duration: Six parts
After a fire destroys their house, it turns out that the husband and wife had killed and buried their own daughter there, 16 years previously. As she looks into the case, a journalist encounters a child with an exceptional gift: He is capable of seeing the memories of those around him.

Below The Surface
Country: Denmark
Duration: Eight parts
Copenhagen, October 2016. The lives of 15 people are thrown into danger when a subway train carriage is stormed by a terrorist group. They demand a huge ransom in exchange for the release of their hostages. Philip Nørgaard, a former military hostage himself, is charged with overseeing the Special Forces operation.

13 Commandments
Country: Belgium
Duration: 13 parts
Taking inspiration from the 10 commandments, a serial killer carries out multiple murders in order to reestablish a new moral order. A cop approaching retirement and his young partner embark upon a manhunt in order to bring a halt to the punitive crimes of this new prophet.

 

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