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Gustav Möller

Gustav Möller (b. 1988), a Swedish writer/director based in Denmark, has quickly become a highly sought-after name in Europe and the US.

Möller graduated from the renowned Danish Film School in 2015, winning the Next Nordic Generation Award for his thesis film, In Darkness. In 2018, he made his feature film debut with the incredibly successful psychological thriller The Guilty, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award in the category ‘World Cinema Dramatic.’ The film went on to win an array of awards around the world, including ‘Best Film,’ ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Original Screenplay’ at the Danish Film Awards, and was also shortlisted for the Academy Awards. Jake Gyllenhaal, a self-proclaimed fan, is producer of and stars in the English-language remake of the project, which premiered on Netflix in September 2021.

Among Möller’s upcoming projects is Snow Blind, another collaboration with Gyllenhaal and Möller’s English language directing debut. Snow Blind is a thriller adaptation of the graphic novel by Ollie Masters and Tyler Jenkins. Gyllenhaal is attached to star and produce, and after a highly competitive six-way bidding war, Apple Studios acquired the rights to the project.

Furthermore, Möller is co-creator of the TV series The Dark Heart, together with writer Oskar Söderlund. The five-part psychological drama premiered in February 2022 on the Discovery+ channel in the UK and Scandinavia, and has been met with rave reviews.

Awards

Series Mania Festival (Best Series - International Panorama Section) France – Mörkt hjärta The Dark Heart 2022
Palm Springs International Film Festival Nominee (Best Foreign Language Film) US – Den skyldige The Guilty 2019
Danish Film Awards (Best Original Screenplay) Denmark – Den skyldige The Guilty 2019
Danish Film Awards (Best Director) Denmark – Den skyldige The Guilty 2019
Danish Film Awards (Best Film) Denmark – Den skyldige The Guilty 2019
Bodil Awards Nominee (Best Film) Denmark – Den skyldige The Guilty 2019
Bodil Awards (Blockbuster Talent Award) Denmark – Den skyldige The Guilty 2019
Amanda Awards Nominee (Best Foreign Feature Film) Norway – Den skyldige The Guilty 2019
Zulu Awards Nominee (Best Film) Denmark – Den skyldige The Guilty 2019
Zurich Film Festival (Critics' Choice Award) Switzerland – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Rotterdam International Film Festival Nominee (Big Screen Award) Netherlands – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Sundance Film Festival Nominee (Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema - Dramatic) US – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Valladolid International Film Festival Nominee (Best Film) Spain – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Valladolid International Film Festival (Golden Blogos Award) Spain – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Philadelphia Film Festival Nominee (Best First Feature) US – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Montréal Festival of New Cinema Nominee (Best Film) Canada – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Jameson CineFest (International Ecumenical Award) Hungary – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Thessaloniki Film Festival Nominee (Golden Alexander) Greece – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Film Club's The Lost Weekend (Best Foreign Language Film) US – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Torino Film Festival (Achille Valdata Award) Italy – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Torino Film Festival (Best Screenplay) Italy – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Torino Film Festival Nominee (Best Feature Film) Italy – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Valladolid International Film Festival (Best Screenplay) Spain – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Seattle International Film Festival (Best Director) US – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
European Film Awards Nominee (European Discovery) – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Jameson CineFest (Emeric Pressburger Prize) Hungary – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Camerimage (Best Directorial Debut) Poland – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Ljubljana International Film Festival Nominee (Best Film) Slovenia – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Baltic Debuts Film Festival (Best Film) Russia – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Austin Fantastic Fest Nominee (Best Film - Audience Award) US – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR Audience Award) Netherlands – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
International Film Festival & Awards Macao Nominee (Best Film) China – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Transilvania International Film Festival Nominee (Best Film) Romania – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Torino Film Festival Nominee (Scuola Holden Award) Italy – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Cinéfest Sudbury (Best Feature Film) Canada – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Torino Film Festival (Audience Award) Italy – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
European Film Awards Nominee (European Screenwriter) – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Torino Film Festival (Gandhi's Glasses Award, Special Mention) Italy – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
International Film Festival & Awards Macao (Best Director) China – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Thessaloniki Film Festival (Audience Award) Greece – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Zurich Film Festival Nominee (Best International Feature Film) Switzerland – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
São Paulo International Film Festival Nominee (Best Film) Brazil – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Washington DC Filmfest (Special Circle Jury Award) US – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Melbourne International Film Festival Nominee (Best Narrative Feature) Australia – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Sundance Film Festival (Audience Award, World Cinema - Dramatic) US – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Munich Film Festival Nominee (Best Film By An Emerging Director) Germany – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Philadelphia Film Festival (Archie Award - Honorable Mention) US – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Stony Brook Film Festival (Best Feature) US – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR Youth Jury Award) Netherlands – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
Montclair Film Festival (World Cinema) US – Den skyldige The Guilty 2018
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‘The Dark Heart’ awarded at the Series Mania Festival

The Series Mania Festival has unveiled its champions and The Dark Heart triumphed in the International Panorama section, receiving the top prize for ‘Best Series’.

The intense drama thriller The Dark Heart is created by Gustav Möller and Oskar Söderlund, starring Aliette Opheim and Gustav Lindh.

Rave reviews for ‘The Dark Heart’

The Dark Heart premiered February 9 on discovery+ in Scandinavia and the UK and has received outstanding reviews. The Dark Heart is created by director Gustav Möller and head writer Oskar Söderlund. Aliette Opheim plays the role of Tanja. 

“Likely to be one of the best Swedish series of the year. /…/ A series that never ceases to surprise you. /… / Truly worth the watch and difficult to tear yourself away from. The series’ darkness, fantastic acting and gripping storyline is sure to stay with you.”
Filmtopp ★★★★

The Dark Heart is not only one of the best Swedish series that you will see this year, but also a series that is elevated if you are an active viewer when watching the episodes. /…/ An incredible experience in just five episodes.”
Expressen ★★★★

“A mini-series worth watching, where you will be left impressed by a civilian’s strong drive for justice, but on the other hand appalled by how malicious people can really be.”
Moviezine

“This is a true crime series that grabs you not with the twists in the case, but with the twisted-ness that can be found. /…/ Möller and Söderlund have gotten it right.”
Jumpcut Online

“Uncomfortable and well-acted. /… / A frightening and well-crafted dramatization. /… / There is much to appreciate and be impressed by in The Dark Heart.
Aftonbladet

The Dark Heart is an intense, well-acted and atmospheric psychological thriller. /…/ Aliette Opheim shines in the role of the Missing People volunteer.”
Dagens Nyheter

“You will not be able to look away.”
– Reel News Daily

‘The Dark Heart’ to premiere February 9

Having celebrated its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, The Dark Heart will now also premiere in Sweden on Wednesday, February 9 on Channel 5 and discovery+.

The five-part drama thriller series stars Aliette Opheim and Gustav Lindh, and is created by screenwriter Oskar Söderlund and director Gustav Möller.

‘The Dark Heart’ selected for Sundance Film Festival

It has now been announced that The Dark Heart will celebrate its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in the Indie Episodic section.

The star-studded cast has also been released. Aliette Opheim will portray Therese Tang, a missing people volunteer who becomes obsessed with a case and puts her own life on the line in search of the truth. In the cast we also find Gustav Lindh, Clara Christiansson Drake and Peter Andersson.

The five-part psychological drama-thriller series is created by screenwriter Oskar Söderlund and director Gustav Möller.

Gustav Möller and Oskar Söderlund to make ‘The Dark Heart’ for FLX/Discovery+

Director Gustav Möller and screenwriter Oskar Söderlund have paired up to craft a psychological thriller, The Dark Heart, for FLX/Discovery+. The Dark Heart will be Möller’s first long-form scripted content following his acclaimed debut feature The Guilty, whose US remake starring Jake Gyllenhaal is currently under the spotlight in Toronto. Söderlund (Snabba Cash, Rebecka Martinsson, Greyzone) is the head writer of the five-episode series.

The Dark Heart is an intense psychological thriller about an old family feud and forbidden love that leads to a tragedy. The series is based on the bestselling non-fiction title The Dark Heart – A true Story of Greed, Murder, and an Unlikely Investigation by Swedish crime reporter Joakim Palmkvist, which delves into a real-world murder case that left a small rural community of Småland in shock in 2012. The twist in the story is that the investigation was led by a Missing People volunteer who started to research the case and eventually solved the high-profile murder of local farmer Göran Lundblad.

The Dark Heart will premiere on Discovery+ in 2022.

Trailer premiere for re-make of ‘The Guilty’

Gustav Möller’s The Guilty has been remade into an American Netflix production starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Like in the Danish original, The Guilty plays out over the course of a single morning in a 911 dispatch call center. Call operator Joe Bayler (Gyllenhaal) tries to save a caller, a kidnap victim, in grave danger — but soon discovers that nothing is as it seems, and facing the truth is the only way out.

The Guilty will premiere on Netflix on October 1.

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Gustav Möller joins Salomonsson Agency

Gustav Möller, a Swedish writer/director based in Denmark, has quickly become a highly sought-after name in Europe and the US.

Möller graduated from the renowned Danish Film School in 2015, winning the Next Nordic Generation Award for his thesis film, In Darkness. In 2018, he made his feature film debut with the incredibly successful psychological thriller The Guilty, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award in the category ‘World Cinema Dramatic.’ The film went on to win an array of awards around the world, including ‘Best Film,’ ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Original Screenplay’ at the Danish Film Awards, and was also shortlisted for the Academy Awards. Jake Gyllenhaal, a self-proclaimed fan, is attached to produce and star in an English-language remake of the project, set to be released by Netflix in 2021.

Among Möller’s upcoming projects is Snow Blind, another collaboration with Gyllenhaal and Möller’s English language directing debut. Snow Blind is a thriller adaptation of the graphic novel by Ollie Masters and Tyler Jenkins. Gyllenhaal is attached to star and produce, and after a highly competitive six-way bidding war, Apple Studios acquired the rights to the project.