First trailer for Exit season 3 released

The third and final season of Scandinavia’s most watched TV-series of all time, Øystein Karlsen’s mega hit Exit has just had its first trailer released.

Exit season 3 will premiere March 2 on NRK.

The Icelandic Storytel Awards 2023 Shortlist Announced

The nominees for this year’s Icelandic Storytel Awards have been announced. The Storytel Awards have been bestowed to highlight the best audio books of the year. The awards are granted within six categories: Suspense, Fiction, Non-fiction, Feelgood, YA, and Children’s books.

Among the nominees for suspense are Johan Theorin’s Weathered Bones and Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s I See You.

We’re Just Trying to Have Fun by Hálldor Armand Asgeirsson is featured within the non-fiction category.

Simona Ahrnstedt’s High Risk is nominated in the feelgood category, whilst Martin Widmark’s The Saffron Mystery is in the running for the children’s books award.

Readers will be able to vote for their favorite works, after which a jury will pick a winner among the three candidates with the most votes in each category.

Photo: Morgan Norman, Gustav Bergman

Lina Wolff & Tarik Saleh shortlisted for Dagens Nyheter’s Culture Award

The much-esteemed Dagens Nyheter’s Culture Award features both Lina Wolff, in the literary category, and Tarik Saleh, in the film category, among this year’s nominees.

In the literary category, the jury argues that Lina Wolff’s The Devil’s Grip, without any mercy, drags the reader into the darkness. The temperature is at the heights of hell and the madness is eye-opening. It takes a master like Lina Wolff to turn such damage into an irresistible drama adventure.

Lina herself describes the process of writing The Devil’s Grip being “like writing with a razorblade between your teeth”

In the film category, Tarik Saleh is nominated for his film Boy from Heaven, which saw its world premiere at Cannes film festival this year.

The jury argues that Tarek Saleh takes us on a captivating voyage through the Sunni Muslims holy centre of power in Kairo, an isolated world which also becomes the arena for a deadly showdown between religious and secular forces. Boy From Heaven is a spiritual, riveting and profoundly original thriller drama.

Lars Kepler and Kristina Ohlsson the most sold of quarter four in Sweden

The official statistics for the fourth quarter of 2022 have just been published, and Lars Kepler’s The Spider is the clear winner, coming in as No. 1 on both the fiction list and the one for total sales. Kristina Ohlsson’s Dimmed Lights makes a formidable showing at No. 4 on the same two lists.

Photo: Johan Paulin / Viaplay

Cast released for ‘Jana – Marked For Life’

The star-studded cast has been announced for the much-anticipated thriller series Jana – Marked For Life. Madeleine Martin will portray Jana Berzelius, and is joined by castmates Johan Ulveson, Pernilla August, Moa Gammel, Sigrid Johnson and Suzanne Reuter.

The six episodes are created and directed by Henrik Björn and Felix Herngren. Daniel Sawka is head-writer together with Maria Karlsson.

The series is an adaptation of Emelie Schepp’s bestselling novel of the same name, and it will premiere on Viaplay in the autumn 2023.

‘Killing Moon’ No. 1 in Sweden

Jo Nesbø’s Killing Moon is No. 1 also this week on the official hardcover bestseller list in Sweden. This marks the novel’s third week at the top.

‘Paper Souls’ No. 5 in Germany

Erik Axl Sund’s Paper Souls, just published in Germany, jumps to No. 5 on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list for paperbacks.

‘The Congregation’ returns for a second season

C More/TV4 will premiere a second season of the acclaimed series The Congregation in 2024. Fredrik Agetoft will return as head-writer, and Goran Kapetanović as director.

Aliette Opheim will also come back to her role as the charismatic and controlling Eva Skoog.

Shooting will commence at the end of February.

‘Cairo Conspiracy’ (‘Boy From Heaven’) nominated for French Césars

Tarik Saleh’s Cairo Conspiracy (Boy from Heaven) is nominated for a César Award, France’s equivalent to the Oscars, in the ‘Best Foreign Film’ category.

 The 48th edition of the César Awards will take place on February 24.

‘A Man Called Ove’ on the New York Times Best Seller List

Fredrik Backman’s novel A Man Called Ove climbs the New York Times Best Seller List for paperbacks, reaching No. 7 this week. This also marks the title’s outstanding 91 weeks on the list.