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 incredibly successful Netflix series Snabba Cash (2021) which was praised by viewers and critics alike. The anticipated second season premiered in September 2022, also to great reviews. 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.

Currently, Söderlund is writer of the coming Netflix series Genombrottet which will premiere in 2023.

Awards

Geneva International Film Festival Nominee (Best Series) Switzerland – Mörkt hjärta The Dark Heart 2022
Ria Awards Nominee (Best Scripted Series) Sweden – Snabba Cash 2022
Series Mania Festival (Best Series - International Panorama Section) France – Mörkt hjärta The Dark Heart 2022
Kristallen Nominee (Best Drama) Sweden – Snabba Cash 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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Oskar Söderlund to write TV version of John Le Carré’s ‘A Most Wanted Man’

It’s now official that Oskar Söderlund will be the showrunner of the upcoming TV adaptation of John Le Carré’s A Most Wanted Man. Produced by The Ink Factory (The Night Manager) almost a decade after making a feature film version, Söderlund’s rendition will be updated to a modern day European context.

One of Le Carré’s best known works, A Most Wanted Man follows a young Chechen ex-prisoner who arrives illegally in Germany with a claim to a fortune held in a private bank. It was written to the backdrop of George W. Bush’s policy of ‘extraordinary rendition’ and inspired by the real-life story of Murat Kurnaz.

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‘Genombrottet’ to premiere on Netflix 2023

It is now official that the new series entitled Genombrottet will premiere on Netflix in 2023. The five episodes, written by Oskar Söderlund and directed by Lisa Siwe, are based on the novel Genombrottet: Så löste släktforskaren dubbelmordet i Linköping by Anna Bodin and Peter Sjölund.

Genombrottet is described as a “dramatization of an unexpected hero, an unlikely collaboration and the hunt for a killer.” At the same time it is a story about “how an unsolved crime affects a society and what happens to people who are left without answers to both ‘who?’ and ‘why?’.”

The police chief and the genealogist will be portrayed by Peter Eggers and Mattias Nordkvist. The series is produced by FLX.

‘Headhunters’, ‘The Dark Heart’ and ‘The Man Who Died’ nominated at GIFF

The Geneva International Film Festival (GIFF) has unveiled the nominations for its 28th edition. Competing in the International Series section is the acclaimed thriller Headhunters, the lauded psychological drama thriller The Dark Heart and the crime comedy The Man Who Died.

Headhunters, inspired by Jo Nesbø’s eponymous best-selling novel, is written by Rolf-Magne Golten Andersen and Geir Henning Hopeland, who is also the series’ director. The Dark Heart is created by screenwriter Oskar Söderlund and director Gustav Möller. The Man Who Died is based on Antti Tuomainen’s bestselling novel of the same name.

The 2022 GIFF is running from November 4-13.

Fantastic reviews for ‘Snabba Cash Season 2’

The much-awaited second season of Snabba Cash premiered September 22 on Netflix to outstanding reviews. 

Sweden simply has the best gangster series of all time. /…/ Snabba Cash is again worth the money – and only increases in value. The Swedes have taken the lead, and now it’s up to everyone else to reach their level.
Soundvenue ★★★★★

It feels. It hurts. Netflix’s Snabba Cash is a series that stays with you. /…/ So watch these six new episodes and experience Adam Kai’s breakthrough, and how Oskar Söderlund and Jesper Ganslandt, the series’ architects, chisel out a story that continues to take characters down the cliff that was the first season and is now extremely close to the abyss.
Expressen ★★★★

Snabba Cash should be your next Netflix obsession. /…/ It’s the kind of show that grabs hold tight and doesn’t let go.”
IndieWire

Not a single word too many in the dialogue which really hits the mark. /…/ But above all, a note of desperation has crept its way in this time, which is impossible to look away from and truly channels reality. A Swedish tragedy in effective thriller packaging.
DN ★★★★

“Söderlund and Ganslandt’s work is outstanding. /…/ You will not be able to stay unaffected by this superb series!”
Filmparadiset ★★★★

“I can assure you that you will not be disappointed. Söderlund continues to introduce fascinating, albeit tragic, individual destinies and Ganslandt’s direction still hits the mark.”
Filmtopp.se ★★★★

Script, direction, acting and environments are top notch. /…/ An incredibly tight thriller. /…/ Oskar Söderlund’s script is like a close-up handheld camera, the dialogue is incredible, the plot is like a severe covid infection: feverish, making the airways shrink and the heart pound fast.
TVdags ★★★★

 

‘Snabba Cash Season 2’ to premiere on Netflix

September 22 will see the worldwide premiere of the highly anticipated second season of the action drama Snabba Cash on Netflix. The first season was praised by viewers and critics alike, and fantastic reviews for the second season are now coming in.

Snabba Cash Season 2 is created by Oskar Söderlund and Jesper Ganslandt. Aron Levander and Mona Masri join in as episode writers. Jens Lapidus is the author behind the internationally bestselling novel that inspired the series.

‘The Dark Heart’ on The New York Times 40 Shows to Watch List 

The Dark Heart, which premiered earlier this year to outstanding reviews, is on The New York Times’ prestigious list of 40 shows to watch this fall.

The five-part drama thriller, created by Gustav Möller and Oskar Söderlund, is available on Discovery+ in the Nordics, and coming to Topic in the US on September 29.

‘The Congregation’, ‘Suburbia’, ‘The Truth Will Out’ and ‘The Dark Heart’ nominated for the Kristallen Awards

The nominations are out for this year’s Kristallen Awards. The Congregation (Knutby), written by Fredrik Agetoft, takes the lead with a staggering five nominations, including for Best Drama Series’. The Truth Will Out (Det som göms i snö), created by Aron Levander and Hans Jörnlind, and The Dark Heart (Mörkt hjärta), created by Oskar Söderlund and Gustav Möller are also nominated for Best Drama Series’. 

Suburbia (Vi i villa), written by Tove Eriksen Hillblom, is nominated for Best Comedy.

The Kristallen Awards ceremony will be held September 1 at Cirkus in Stockholm and will be transmitted live on TV4 and TV4 Play.

‘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.

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