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Kristoffer Metcalfe joins Salomonsson Agency

Norwegian writer and director Kristoffer Metcalfe is with his extensive experience from the film and TV industry perhaps most known for his success TV series, Twin (2019).

Metcalfe graduated from The Norwegian Film School in 2008, after which he went on to direct several acclaimed shorts. He made his directorial debut in 2011 with the Norwegian comedy feature, Cupid’s Balls, a film packed with humor, romantic summer nights, and intense conflicts. Metcalfe also has a background in creative production and development production.

Metcalfe is the creator, writer and director behind the celebrated Norwegian drama series Twin, starring Kristofer Hivju, known for his role in HBO’s Game of Thrones. Twin had its world premiere at Series Mania, is sold to over 46 countries, and was awarded third place at Prix Europa for ‘Best European TV Fiction’.

‘When the Doves Disappeared’ acquired by SF Studios

This weekend, SF Studios announced that it will be the Nordic distributor of the upcoming film adaption of Sofi Oksanen's bestselling novel When the Doves Disappeared. Cinematic Inc. will produce the feature, with Antti J. Jokinen attached to direct.

When the Doves Disappeared is a story of occupation, resistance, and collaboration in Estonia during and after World War II, when the boundaries and power structures of Europe changed dramatically. Oksanen’s novel traces these changes as seen through the eyes and lives of one Estonian family.

Click the "Read more" button below to read the full article in Variety magazine.

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Niklas Natt och Dag No. 2 in Spain

Niklas Natt och Dag maintains a steady hold of the No. 2 position on the Spanish official bestseller list, which he first nabbed three weeks ago with his debut novel The Wolf and the Watchman. The novel also features at No. 5 on the Catalan equivalent.

Rave reviews in the U.S. for ‘Interrogation’

The true crime drama Interrogation, created by Anders Weidemann and John Mankiewicz, premiered on CBS All Access earlier this month and has since received great praise in American press.

“From the very first episode, Interrogation is intense and blurs the line between good and evil. /…/ Great storyline and creative presentation. /…/ A well-executed yet innovative true-crime series that leaves you guessing.”
-Awards Circuit

“A unique take on what CBS does best. /…/ A great example of how new technology can put new spins on old ideas.”

“This is not your ordinary binge-watch. /…/ The deeper you dig, the more Interrogation becomes an unusually compelling tragedy of a family shattered.”
-TV Insider

“The impressive cast breathes life into the story with their layered performances. /…/ The series hits all of the right notes. /…/ Engaging and thought-provoking.”
-TV Fanatic

Interrogation is gripping, shocking, and will leave audiences wowed that it all came together.”
-Cinema Blend

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Jo Nesbø and Kristina Ohlsson each grab one No. 1 placement on the official weekly bestseller lists in Sweden. Jo Nesbø’s Knife is No. 1 on the paperback list, where it has now reigned at the top for four consecutive weeks. Kristina Ohlsson’s hit children’s book The Mystery of the Haunted Fortress is also No. 1, rising to the top of the children’s list once more. Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1794 also climbs the lists, appearing at No. 3 in hardcover.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ Operation Trickster climbs the official Norwegian hardcover bestseller list, and comes in at No. 3 this week. Operation Trickster is the 17th book in the Detective Agency No. 2 series.

Monika Fagerholm and Matias Faldbakken shortlisted for the Nordic Council Literature Prize

Monika Fagerholm’s Who Killed Bambi? and Matias Faldbakken’s We Are Five are shortlisted for the 2020 Nordic Council Literature Prize. Instituted in 1962, the Literature Prize has since been awarded annually to a work of fiction written in one of the Nordic languages that is of “high literary and artistic quality”.

Among previous winners are Sofi Oksanen, Per Petterson and Tomas Tranströmer, to mention a few.

To read the jury’s rationale, click the “Read more” below.

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‘A Higher Justice’ No. 4 in Germany

A Higher Justice, Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s sixth novel in the series about Sebastian Bergman, is No. 4 on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list for paperbacks this week.

Lars Kepler is the best-selling author of the decade in Sweden

It’s now official that Lars Kepler was the best-selling author of the decade in Sweden, across all categories, genres and formats.
In a press release that went out today, Albert Bonniers Förlag states the following:

“Albert Bonniers Förlag can gratifyingly boast the decade’s greatest authorship, in Lars Kepler. The crime duo has had more No. 1 placements, and top ten-positions across the bestseller lists outlining the book industry’s joint annual sales, than any other author – Swedish or international.
In the fiction category, which includes both Swedish and translated books, Lars Kepler saw the most No. 1 placements (4) and positions in total (13) on Svensk Bokhandel’s top ten-bestseller lists outlining the book industry’s joint annual sales. In a summation of all the categories – fiction, non-fiction, children’s and YA, paperback, audio books and e-books – Lars Kepler likewise holds the most No. 1 placements (7) and the most placements in total (38) on Svensk Bokhandel’s top ten-bestseller lists detailing the book industry’s joint annual sales.”

Øystein Karlsen joins Salomonsson Agency

Øystein Karlsen is Norway’s most sought-after and edgy screenwriter and director. Karlsen is the name behind several highly successful and celebrated Norwegian TV series, including Dag (2010-2015), One Night (2017) and Exit (2019). Karlsen is also the director of several episodes of the popular and awarded Norwegian-American Netflix Original Lilyhammer (2014).

2019 saw the premiere of Karlsen’s latest creation, the scandalous success series Exit, which shook Norway to its core and quickly became the most streamed series in NRK’s history. The dark and twisted drama is lauded around the world, and has generated more publicity than any other Norwegian series. Based on true events, Exit is set in Norway’s high-flying financial world. It revolves around four narcissistic men in their 30s who are looking for an exit from everyday pressures and obligations by using drugs, prostitutes and challenging their own – already low – sets of moral values.

Karlsen is currently in pre-production on Exit season 2, and in development on three international shows.

‘We Are Five’ awarded the Norwegian Radio’s Literary Award

A jury consisting of both experts within the literary field and a few carefully selected members of the general public unanimously named Faldbakken's latest novel We Are Five the winner of the Norwegian Radio’s Literary Award during yesterday's live announcement. The public service station NRK broadcasted the jury interview on Norwegian radio and TV, and Abid Q. Raja, the Minister of Culture and Gender Equality, was present to hand out the award.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

The official weekly bestseller lists of Sweden reprise the placements of the previous week, with Jo Nesbø’s Knife landing the No. 1 spot on the list for paperbacks, and Kristina Ohlsson’s The Mystery of the Haunted Fortress the No. 3 spot on the children’s list.

‘A Higher Justice’ No. 2 in Germany

Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s A Higher Justice, the sixth installment in the internationally bestselling series about Sebastian Bergman, is No. 2 on Der Spiegel’s paperback bestseller list this week.

‘Bäckström’ to premiere in Sweden March 23

C More and TV4’s new crime drama series, Bäckström, based on Leif GW Persson’s bestselling novels featuring the notorious Superintendent of the same name, is set to premiere in Sweden this March.

The TV series revolves around the nationally reknowned Superintendent Evert Bäckström (played by Kjell Bergqvist), who prides himself on having solved 99 per cent of all the cases that he has taken on. But when a skull with bullet holes is found on an uninhabited island in the archipelago, Evert Bäckström is confronted with a more difficult mystery than he could have imagined.

Bäckström consists of six episodes. The first two episodes will premiere on C More on March 23, and on TV4 April 7.

‘The Wolf and the Watchman’ No. 2 in Spain

Niklas Natt och Dag’s debut novel The Wolf and the Watchman climbs the official Spanish bestseller list for the third week in a row, claiming the No. 2 position. On the Catalan equivalent, the novel features at No. 3.

The January bestseller list for children’s fiction in Norway

Detective Agency No. 2 nabs another spot on the monthly bestseller list for children’s fiction in Norway. This January, Operation Radius, the sixteenth installment in the series, comes in at No. 3.

The January bestseller lists in Sweden

Kristina Ohlsson’s stand-alone mystery for children, The Mystery of the Haunted Fortress, grabs the coveted No. 1 spot on the list of most sold children’s books in Sweden during the month of January. Jo Nesbø likewise features in one of the top spots, but in the paperback category, where his Knife is No. 2.

‘Operation Trickster’ published in Norway

There’s a trickster afoot in Riverdale. The whole town is abuzz with rumors about his crazy pranks, naughty tricks and hilarious antics. But it’s no laughing matter when people’s wallets start to go missing, and the culprit behind the thefts mysteriously figures out their credit card pin codes. Tiril and Oliver of Detective Agency No. 2 are soon in hot pursuit of the clever pickpockets – not even tricksters can outsmart Riverdale’s famed crime-solving duo!

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ Detective Agency No. 2 series is crime fiction for the youngest – clever, engaging, and full of thrills! Join our heroes Tiril, Oliver and their dog Ocho as they solve mysteries that have even the adults of Riverton scratching their heads.

Operation Trickster is the seventeenth installment in the Detective Agency No. 2 series.