Oskar Söderlund

Oskar Söderlund (b. 1978) is a celebrated Swedish screenwriter and the creator and writer of The Fat and the Angry (2014), which was directed by internationally recognized director Johan Renck. The TV series premiered on SVT in 2014 and was awarded the Silver Bird Prize in the category ‘TV Movie’ at the 2014 Seoul International Drama Awards. The series was also nominated for a Europa Prize and became the winner of the prestigious ‘Best non-English Language Drama Series’ award at the 2014 C21 International Drama Awards.

Söderlund started his career by penning the screenplay for the feature film Offside (2006) and co-authoring the storyline for the TV series How Soon Is Now?! (2007), which was directed by Mikael Marcimain. Söderlund’s work was awarded the Prix Italia and the Golden Fipa. He later developed and wrote the Swedish adaptation of Marianne Fredriksson’s modern classic Simon (2011). The film received a record-breaking 13 nominations at the Guldbagge Awards. Additionally, Söderlund has been one of the writers of Saltön (2010), one of Sweden’s most popular TV series.

Söderlund is the creator and writer of the acclaimed thriller drama series Greyzone (2018), which received outstanding reviews both in Sweden and internationally.

Söderlund is co-creator and head writer of the Netflix original hit series Snabba Cash which premiered in April 2021 to fantastic reviews. He is currently working on the anticipated second season. Furthermore, Söderlund is co-creator and head writer of the TV series The Dark Heart, together with director Gustav Möller. 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

Ria Awards Nominee (Best Scripted Series) Sweden – Snabba Cash Easy Money 2022
Series Mania Festival (Best Series - International Panorama Section) France – Mörkt hjärta The Dark Heart 2022
Kristallen Nominee (Best Drama) Sweden – Snabba Cash Easy Money 2021
Kristallen Awards Nominee (Best Television Drama) Sweden – Gråzon Greyzone 2018
Prix Europa Nominee ( Best TV Fiction) – Ettor och nollor The Fat and the Angry 2014
Seoul International Drama Awards (Silver Bird Prize) South Korea – Ettor och nollor The Fat and the Angry 2014
C21 International Drama Awards (Best non-English Language Drama Series) UK – Ettor och nollor The Fat and the Angry 2014
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‘Snabba Cash Season 2’ to premiere at Way Out West

Snabba Cash, Netflix’ successful and critically acclaimed Swedish original series, will have its second season exclusive world premiere at the Swedish festival Way Out West August 11-13 followed by a global release on Netflix in the fall of 2022.

Snabba Cash Season 2 is written by Oskar Söderlund and directed by Jesper Ganslandt, who also are the creators and show runners of the series. Lisa Farzaneh and Måns Månsson are also directors for the second season. Aron Levander and Mona Masri joins as episode writers. Jens Lapidus is the author behind the internationally bestselling novel that inspired the series.

‘Snabba Cash’ nominated for the Ria Awards

The incredibly successful Netflix series Snabba Cash has received 4 nominations for Sweden’s Ria Awards 2022, including ‘Best Scripted Series’.

Snabba Cash is written by Oskar Söderlund and directed by Jesper Ganslandt, both creators and show runners of the series. Jens Lapidus is the author behind the internationally bestselling novel that inspired the series.

The Ria Awards draws attention to and rewards the best creators, authors and employees in the Swedish television production industry. The awards ceremony will take place on May 17 at Lilla Cirkus in Stockholm.

‘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.

‘Beartown’ and ‘Snabba Cash’ nominated for Kristallen awards

HBO’s Beartown, based on the novel of the New York Times No. 1 bestselling author Fredrik Backman and adapted for television by Anders Weidemann, is nominated for a Swedish Emmy – a Kristallen award – for ‘Best Drama’. Also in the running for the award is Netflix’s Snabba Cash, written by Oskar Söderlund and directed by Jesper Ganslandt, both creators and show runners of the series. Jens Lapidus is the author behind the internationally bestselling novel that inspired the series, also titled Snabba Cash.

The Kristallen Gala will take place on August 27th in Stockholm, Sweden.

Second season of ‘Snabba Cash’ greenlit

Netflix has announced a second season of the hugely successful and critically acclaimed Swedish original series Snabba Cash, inspired by Jens Lapidus’ novel of the same title. Season 2 will be written by Oskar Söderlund and directed by Jesper Ganslandt, who are also the creators and show runners behind the series. Aron Levander and Mona Masri will join as episode writers. The series is produced by Nicklas Wikström Nicastro for SF Studios in collaboration with Strive Stories.

Evin Ahmad (Dröm Vidare, Quicksand), will once again play the leading role of Leya. Season 2 will continue the thrilling story of Leya’s life as she navigates the contrasting worlds of ruthless start-up environments and Stockholm’s underworld.

“With Snabba Cash Season 1, we wanted to tell a modern story through characters that, though they commit morally ambiguous acts, share the same feelings and dreams as many of us. We are overwhelmed that so many people have taken our series to their hearts. But the coolest thing of all is that a lot of people have felt they finally have been represented in a big drama series. That is truly the finest reward of all,” says Jesper Ganslandt, director, and Oskar Söderlund, head writer.

Outstanding reviews for ‘Snabba Cash’

Snabba Cash will have its global Netflix premiere on Wednesday April 7, and the anticipated series has already received great praise in the Scandinavian press. Snabba Cash is written and created by Oskar Söderlund together with Jens Lapidus, and directed by Jesper Ganslandt.

“Engaging, intense, irresistible. Netflix’s Snabba Cash will be a huge hit with viewers. /…/ Whatever you may think, you are not ready for Netflix’s Snabba Cash.”
Expressen ★★★★

Snabba Cash is not only well-written and well-acted, but also offers some of the most action-packed and intense episodes in Swedish television history.”
Filmtopp.se ★★★★

“The acting is truly excellent across the board. /…/ Snabba Cash is an intense and captivating serial interpretation of Jens Lapidus’ universe, which keeps you glued to the screen through all six episodes.”
Soundvenue ★★★★★

“The creators know how to twist the plot and create suspense. I’m eager to watch the next episode. And the one after that.”
Svenska Dagbladet ★★★★

“The new Snabba Cash is the TV series which succeeds in giving us as much authenticity as its predecessors, while delivering unfiltered action at a high level. /… / The intense suspense that the well-packaged episodes offer lasts all the way from the first frame to the last.”
Moviezine ★★★★

Snabba Cash is a modern and unsentimental depiction of the pursuit for more. /…/ You can practically touch the nerve and the all-encompassing feel of unease in this very successful reboot.”
Nöjesguiden ★★★★

“With genious camera work […] the series about Swedish gang environments elevates itself to a dark portrait of a society at the breaking point. /…/ Söderlund juggles freely and boldly with the three destinies and offers both parallels and contrasts between them.”
Filmmagasinet Ekko ★★★★★

“Oskar Söderlund and director Jesper Ganslandt are absolutely spot-on with the characters. /…/ [Snabba Cash] delivers one of this year’s strongest experiences. /…/ It is brutal, super tight, greedy and loaded with betrayal. Just like life itself.”
Onyanserat ★★★★

Interview with the creators of ‘Snabba Cash’

Hear the creators Oskar Söderlund, Jens Lapidus, Jesper Ganslandt and actor Evin Ahmad discuss the anticipated Netflix series Snabba Cash in this exclusive interview.

Snabba Cash premieres on Netflix April 7.

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.

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