The Series section presents promising new TV series and work by well-known theatrical film directors

Lübeck, Oct. 26, 2018. “Human drama, social grievances, and upheavals in society are what makes the new generation of TV series really sing”, says Christian Modersbach, curator of the Series section at the Nordische Filmtage Lübeck. That new generation is front and centre with exciting and varied episodes in the Series section at the 60th edition of the festival. There are new episodes of some old favourites on the programme, alongside a few newcomers.

We’ll cross “The Bridge” (SWE/DEN 2017) into its fourth and final season. One last time, detectives Saga Norén and Henrik Sabroe will tackle a murder case spanning the Øresund Bridge, bringing a close to Denmark’s most successful TV production ever. There is a brand-new Finnish comedy series about an adolescent computer nerd, who is completely at home in the virtual world as “DragonSlayer 666”, but suddenly finds himself stranded in the real world. Teen idol Thomas Hayes also faces new challenges in “His Name is not William” (NOR 2018), as he tries to grasp that idea that his career is over. The protagonist of two other TV series face a completely different set of problems –in “Ride Upon the Storm” (DEN 2017), Lars Mikkelson shines in the lead role of a priest who must face the fact that his sons are going their own ways. The series showrunner is Adam Price, who was part of the team that produced the internationally successful, award-winning TV series “Borgen”. “Home Ground” (NOR 2018) features a female football coach, played by star Norwegian actress Ane Dahl Torp, who is determined to blaze a trail through a male-dominated world. Ane Dahl Torp could be seen most recently at the NFL in the 2014 opening film “1001 Grams”. Director Arild Andresen was represented with theatrical films at the 2010 and 2011 Nordic Film Days Lübeck, and he is coming to town to personally present his TV series.

Among this year’s other guests will be actor Shima Niavarani and writer Niclas Carlsson, two members of the “Happy at Sea” (SWE 2018) team. Audiences can look forward to a humorous family portrait with a bit of depth. Director Petter Næss will also be at the NFL with the series “State of Happiness” (NOR/BEL 2018), which not only follows the fortunes of four people in 1969 as Norway searches for oil reserves, but also traces the development of the country’s welfare state.

You can find the complete programme of the Series section here (LINK), as well as the complete schedule of films and events at the upcoming 60th Nordic Film Days Lübeck, which has been available on the festival homepage since October 20, 2018.

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