Lina Wolff No. 1 in Sweden

For the seventh week in a row, Lina Wolff’s The Devil’s Grip comes in at the top of the prestigious critics’ choice list of Dagens Nyheter, Sweden’s largest newspaper.

‘Quisling’ to start filming

The shooting of the film and TV series about Vidkun Quisling, the man responsible for one of the greatest betrayals during World War II, is about to begin.

Erik Poppe is director of this psychological drama, and the script is written by Anna Bache-Wiig and Siv Rajendram Eliassen. Actors Anders Danielsen Lie and Gard B. Eidsvold are set to headline.

In the story of Quisling’s last days, we get a condensed insight into a psychological and claustrophobic battle about truth and lies, faith and doubt. The project has its origins in extensive research and unique source material. Among the sources is a diary written by the priest Peder Olsen, Quisling’s confidante and one of his two counselors in prison, from the arrest of Quisling until his execution on 24 October 1945.

The project includes both a theatrical film and a TV series for TV2, that are expected to premiere in fall 2024.

‘The Prey’ on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list

Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s blood-curling stand-alone novel The Prey is No. 7 on the Der Spiegel’s bestseller list this week. This marks the novel’s fourth consecutive week on the list for trade paperback fiction.

‘The Mountain King’ published in Sweden

Criminal inspector Leonore Asker seems to have the leading position of Malmö’s Major Crime Division within reach. However, in the middle of a high-profile kidnapping case, management chooses to “promote” her to head of the so-called Department of Lost Souls, a unit for odd cases situated in the basement of the police station.

Despite the humiliation, Asker is drawn into one of the peculiar cases. Someone is placing small ominous figures in a model train scenery and one of them turns out to represent the kidnapped woman.

The case’s connections to abandoned places causes Asker to contact Martin Hill, lecturer in architecture with a strong interest in urban exploration. Soon Asker and Hill suspect that beyond the seemingly banal lurks an unusual kind of evil.

The Mountain King is the first installment in the Leo Asker series.

Jo Nesbø, Matias Faldbakken and Liza Marklund on the Norwegian bestseller lists

The official weekly bestseller lists in Norway see Jo Nesbø once more landing the No. 1 spot on the fiction list with Killing Moon, while Matias Faldbakken’s just published Poor Thing debuts at No. 4. Liza Marklund’s The Polar Circle meanwhile comes in at No. 5 in the paperback category.

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 ★★★★

 

‘Poor Thing’ published in Norway

Once upon a time, not that long ago, a child came crawling out of the woods, poor thing. Climbing out from the ditch, it began to wander the graveled road. It was a sad sight to behold.

The child was scruffy and ugly. Its hair was tangled. The forehead contorted. A frightened look could be seen on its face, eyes darting above crusty nostrils. The lips were stiff and blue and the neck far too thin. A long cloth or tattered vest wrapped around its torso, and under it two skinny legs protruded, knees wider than both calves and thighs. The child wore no shoes. Its oversized feet resembled wet wool socks. From time to time, the knuckles of one hand would scrape the ground. And close to its ribs, the thin, hunched figure clutched a tattered folder, or perhaps an envelope, like an animal come out of the forest bearing a message.

The lonely foster boy Oskar works at Aud and Olav Blum’s mill for board and lodging. One day he discovers a child in the forest, an untamed cub, whom he captures and takes home. The child suffers from stunted growth and is almost completely mute, but under Oskar’s care, it begins to grow at breakneck speed.

Matias Faldbakken’s sixth novel, Poor Thing, is both a love fable and a coming-of-age story. It is written with great imagination, linguistic excess, and a distinctive mixture of passion and irony. The narrative alternates freely between realistic novel traditions, satire, romance, and folk tales, and several historical eras are in flux at the same time.

Poor Thing is an original, entertaining, and captivating novel about exclusion, loneliness, desire, and care. And all the while, the story poses the question: What is a trauma?

Martin Widmark No. 1 in Sweden

The thirty-first installment in Martin Widmark’s JerryMaya Detective Agency series, The Masquerade Mystery, is No. 1 also this week on the official Swedish bestseller list for children’s books.

‘Boy From Heaven’ selected as Sweden’s nomination for the Academy Awards

Today it was revealed that Tarik Saleh’s film Boy from Heaven is Sweden’s submission for the Best International Feature Film Academy Award. The official Academy Awards nominations will be announced on January 24, 2023.

Earlier this year, Boy from Heaven won the prestigious Best Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Boy from Heaven will be released at Swedish theatres on November 18.