Fantastic reviews in the U.S. and Canada for ‘Beartown’

In February, Beartown premiered on HBO Max in the U.S. and Canada to great praise, including being picked by Time Magazine as one of the five best new shows.

The celebrated series is based on Fredrik Backman’s novel of the same name, directed by Peter Grönlund, and written by Anders Weidemann, Antonia Pyk and Linn Gottfridsson.

Beartown on HBO Max is an outstanding, unsparing work that transcends Scandinavian noir.”
-Paste Magazine, US

“A patient portrait of a stiflingly small place with a long memory; an investigation into the perils of masculinity; an icy Scandinavian take on Friday Night Lights.”
-Time Magazine, US

“A brilliant, bracing hockey drama that resonates hard. /…/  For all its elements of disillusion and despair, it is thrilling, wrenching drama, at times unforgettable, like the best of hockey can be, even while human nature drags it down to the worst of us.”
-The Globe and Mail, Canada

“It’s the combination of the adaptation of the novel, Peter Grönlund’s well-done direction and some excellent performances, particularly from its main stars, that makes Beartown a winner.”
-Under the Radar Magazine, US

“Stunning examination of rape and toxic masculinity. /…/ The series proves instantly gripping, thanks to vivid storytelling that lays out the interpersonal dynamics of its many players.”
-The Daily Beast, US

Beartown /…/ takes the honesty of Friday Night Lights to an even deeper and much darker level. [Beartown] floored me with its realism, as it digs into the people of a struggling community.”
-Boston Globe, US

Katrine Engberg shortlisted for the Martha Award

Katrine Engberg has been shortlisted for the danish literature prize the Martha Award 2021. The Martha Award is the largest book retailer award in Denmark, voted by the public and handed out annually by Bog & Idé. Previous winners include Jussi Adler-Olsen, J.K. Rowling and Stephen King. This year’s winner will be announced in October.

Trailer premiere for ‘SAS: Red Notice’

The trailer has been released for SAS: Red Notice, the new action film based on Andy McNab’s novel Red Notice, directed by Magnus Martens.

The film stars Sam Heughan (Outlander), Ruby Rose (Batwoman), Andy Serkis (Planet of the Apes), Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton) and Hannah John-Kamen (Ready Player One).

SAS: Red Notice will premiere in the UK on March 12, and in the US on March 16.

Anne Holt No. 1 in Sweden

Anne Holt takes the No. 1 spot on the official paperback bestseller list of week 7 in Sweden. The title in question is A Necessary Death, the second installment in the Selma Falck series.

Jonas Karlsson’s ‘The Room’ to be directed by Oscar-winner Joachim Back, starring Jon Hamm

Oscar-winner Joachim Back (The New Tenants) will direct the dark comedy Corner Office – the film adaptation of Jonas Karlsson’s surreal novel The Room, about an office outsider finding a hidden place of refuge. Mad Men star Jon Hamm, Danny Pudi, Sarah Gadon and Christopher Heyerdahl are headlining the movie.

The office satire sees Hamm play Orson, a compulsive bureaucrat who discovers a secret room his co-workers deny exists. Community star Pudi is the messy office colleague Rakesh, while Gadon plays Alyssa, a charming receptionist who catches Orson’s eye. Heyerdahl plays the well-meaning boss, Andrew. The movie is shooting in Vancouver through mid-March.

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Teaser trailer release for ‘Snabba Cash’

The highly anticipated series Snabba Cash (Easy Money) is a reboot of the hugely successful trilogy of feature films based on the Stockholm Noir books by Jens Lapidus.

The series is written and created by Oskar Söderlund together with Jens Lapidus, and directed by Jesper Ganslandt.

The show will launch exclusively on Netflix April 7.

‘The No-Go Zone’ published in Sweden

Sweden in a near future. The polarization of society has reached new, unprecedented levels and to protect the privileged, walls have been built to restrict the movements of those living in the so-called “no-go zones.” It’s election year and in spite of the danger associated with entering these zones, the Home Secretary decides to hold a political rally in the largest one, Järva. Despite all imaginable security measures being put in place, it all goes wrong and the Home Secretary is abducted. The police are powerless to find her.

Desperate and without any options at hand, the police come up with an unorthodox plan: They’ll send in Emir, a prisoner in custody on whom they have an unusual hold. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, Emir heads inside the walls of Järva to find the Home Secretary.

One of Sweden’s most read and loved authors, Jens Lapidus is back with The No-Go Zone – a merciless depiction of a nation falling to pieces.

‘Rites of Spring’ No. 1 in Sweden

Anders de la Motte’s Rites of Spring makes a repeat appearance at No. 1 on the weekly paperback bestseller list in Sweden. This is the third No. 1 placement since the novel’s paperback publication.

‘Unhinged’ No. 2 in Norway

Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s Unhinged makes its debut on the Norwegian paperback list this week, claiming the No. 2 spot. Unhinged is the third novel in the Blix & Ramm series.

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Daniel Sawka joins Salomonsson Agency

Daniel Sawka is a writer/director with international experience, working on projects in both the US and in Sweden.

Sawka graduated with an MFA in film directing at the AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles, where he received the school’s Franklin J. Schaffner Fellow Award for Best Film’ upon graduating in 2016. Sawka’s thesis short film, Icebox, went on to become shortlisted (final 10) for the 2018 Academy Awards in the short film category and won the Grand Jury Award at AFI Fest.

Sawka then started working with multiple Academy Award winner James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment, As Good As It Gets, The Simpsons) and his production company Gracie Films. This collaboration resulted in the adaptation of Icebox into a feature film, written and directed by Sawka. The film, distributed by HBO, premiered in December 2018, receiving critical acclaim. Icebox was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award, won the Cinema Without Borders Award and the NAMIC Vision Award. The collaboration with James L. Brooks and Gracie Films continued in 2019 with the development of another project, soon to be announced.

Currently, Sawka is collaborating with Anagram on his first Swedish feature film, and writing a TV-series for Blackpills Entertainment, which he is also attached to direct.