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Peter Birro

Peter Birro (b. 1966) is one of Scandinavia’s most admired and prolific screenwriters. The three-time Prix Italia-winner’s groundbreaking TV-series Hammarkullen, Det nya landet, and How Soon Is Now?! are sweeping visions of Swedish society, marginalized people, political dramas and deeply human, emotional stories.

For cinema Birro has written the hugely successful biopic Monica Z about the internationally acclaimed jazz singer Monica Zetterlund, one of Sweden’s most talented and tragic artists. Monica Z became the biggest commercial success of 2013 in Swedish theaters and went on to be nominated for several awards, including a ‘Grand Prix des Amériques’ at the Montréal World Film Festival and no less than 11 Guldbagge Awards, of which it won four.

Birro’s most recent feature title is an adaptation of the nonfiction title 438 Days. The dramatic story of the kidnapping of two Swedish journalists in 2011 in Ethiopia premiered in 2019 and was promptly nominated for six Guldbagge Awards.

Awards

Guldbagge Award Sweden – 438 dagar 438 Days 2020
Prix Europa (TV Fiction) – Viva Hate 2015
Robert Awards Nominee (Audience Award) Denmark – Miraklet The Miracle 2015
Prix Europa (Best Episode of a TV Fiction Series or Serial) – Viva Hate 2015
Kristallen Awards Nominee (Best Television Drama) Sweden – Viva Hate 2015
Guldbagge Award Sweden – Monica Z 2014
Gothenburg Film Festival (City of Gothenburg Award) Sweden – Monica Z 2014
Montréal World Film Festival Nominee (Grand Prix des Amériques) Canada – Monica Z 2013
Montréal World Film Festival Nominee (Grand Prix des Amériques) Canada – Miraklet The Miracle 2013
Chicago International Film Festival Nominee (Gold Hugo, Beast Feature) US – Miraklet The Miracle 2013
Ole Awards (Movie Moment of the Year) Denmark – Magi i luften 2012
Berlin International Film Festival Nominee (Crystal Bear, Generation 14plus - Best Film) Germany – Magi i luften 2012
Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programming (Golden FIPA) France – Upp till kamp How Soon Is Now?! 2008
Kristallen Awards Nominee (Best Television Drama) Sweden – Upp till kamp How Soon Is Now?! 2008
Prix Italia (Best Television Drama) Italy – Upp till kamp How Soon Is Now?! 2008
Prix Italia (TV Drama - Series and Serials) Italy – Kniven i hjärtat 2005
Guldbagge Awards Nominee (Best Screenplay) Sweden – Bäst i Sverige! We Can Be Heroes! 2003
Annonay International Festival of First Films (Lycéens Jury Prize) France – Det nya landet 2002
Annonay International Festival of First Films (Audience Award) France – Det nya landet 2002
Lübeck Nordic Film Days (Prize of the Video Industry) Germany – Bäst i Sverige! We Can Be Heroes! 2002
Lübeck Nordic Film Days (Children's Film Prize of the Nordic Film Institutes) Germany – Bäst i Sverige! We Can Be Heroes! 2002
Prix Europa (TV Fiction) – Den förste zigenaren i rymden 2002
Madridimagen (Best Cinematography) Spain – Knockout 2001
Vancouver International Film Festival (Chief Dan George Humanitarian Award) Canada – Det nya landet 2001
São Paulo International Film Festival (International Jury Award) Brazil – Det nya landet 2001
Guldbagge Awards Nominee (Best Screenplay) Sweden – Det nya landet 2001
Berlin International Film Festival (Prize of the Ecumenical Jury) Germany – Det nya landet 2001
AFI Fest (Grand Jury Prize) US – Det nya landet 2001
Gothenburg Film Festival (Dragon Award, Best Nordic Film) Sweden – Knockout 2000
Prix Europa (TV Fiction) – Det nya landet 2000
Prix Italia (Best Television Drama) Italy – Hammarkullen 1998
Ingmar Bergman Award Sweden 1997
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Filmography

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The film adaptation of the novel ‘Stolen’ to come to Netflix

The critically acclaimed novel Stolen, written by Ann-Helen Laestadius, is being adapted into a film for Netflix.

Elle Márjá Eira (The Sámi Have Rights, Ealát) will be directing Stolen as her feature film debut and the renowned writer Peter Birro (Monica Z, 438 Days) will pen the script. 

The novel Stolen portrays a young woman’s struggle to defend her indigenous heritage in a world where xenophobia is on the rise, climate change is threatening reindeer herding, and young people choose suicide in the face of collective desperation. But the novel also lays bare the tensions that arise when modern ideas come up against a traditional culture with deeply rooted patriarchal structures.

The film is planned to have its global premiere in 2024 and filming is currently planned to begin in Sápmi in the spring of 2023.

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Peter Birro joins Salomonsson Agency

Peter Birro (b. 1966) is one of Scandinavia’s most admired and prolific screenwriters. The three-time Prix Italia-winner’s groundbreaking TV-series HammarkullenDet nya landet, and How Soon Is Now?! are sweeping visions of Swedish society, marginalized people, political dramas and deeply human, emotional stories.

For cinema Birro has written the hugely successful biopic Monica Z about the internationally acclaimed jazz singer Monica Zetterlund, one of Sweden’s most talented and tragic artists. Monica Z became the biggest commercial success of 2013 in Swedish theaters and went on to be nominated for several awards, including a ‘Grand Prix des Amériques’ at the Montréal World Film Festival and no less than 11 Guldbagge Awards, of which it won four.

Birro’s most recent feature title is an adaptation of the nonfiction title 438 Days. The dramatic story of the kidnapping of two Swedish journalists in 2011 in Ethiopia premiered in 2019 and was promptly nominated for six Guldbagge Awards.