44:e festivalen 29 jan - 8 feb, 2021

Works in Progress 2021


A Royal Secret

A Royal Secret is the story of the ultimate forbidden love. A love that had to be kept from the public at all costs, but which eventually got out and led to one of the worst miscarriages of justice that Sweden has ever witnessed.

Original title: En kunglig affär – berättelsen om Kurt Haijby. Produced by Lena Rehnberg, Stellanova Film for SVT. Written by Bengt Braskered and directed by Lisa James Larsson. Sales by Reinvent. Format: 4×45’. Premier in December 2021. 



Columbia has Cocaine. Africa has Gold. Iceland has Fish. Resources owned by a handful of people in each country. How it got there in Iceland is the source behind Blackport. And all of it is inspired by true events.

Original title: VERBÚÐIN. Produced by Nana Alfredsdottir and Gísli Örn Garðarsson, Vesturport for RÚV, ARTE, DR, NRK, SVT, Yle. Co-Producers: Andrew Eaton and Justin Thomson (ARTE). Written and directed by Gisli Örn Gardarsson, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson and Mikael Torfason. Sales by About Premium Content. Format 8×45’. Premiere in 2021.

Projects in development 2021


The Possibility of an Island

After a cataclysmic volcanic eruption, Iceland becomes uninhabitable for the next thirty years. With few options available, the International community decides to resettle the entire Icelandic population on Croatian islands to preserve their culture and identity, until they can return to their homeland. The two nations — one a progressive Northern united front, the other a stagnant, stubborn Southern breed — clash over social values, religion, politics and climate, while attempting to find common ground and co–exist in this new society.

Produced by Nebojsa Taraba, Drugi Plan (Croatia) and Hordur Runarsson, Glassriver (Iceland). Written by Mateja Božičević . Sales and director TBA. Format: 8×50’. Premier at fall 2022.



506 Grams of Ural Snow

Returning to work after his son’s disappearance in Russia, a Finnish police inspector Marttinen arrests a Russian drug lord Andrey in Helsinki. To save his neck, Andrey proposes an operation to expose the drug organization, but with one condition – Marttinen has to escort him to Russia. The Finnish cop embarks into a deadly mission, where the main prize is the surprising truth about his son.

Original title: 506 grammaa Uralin lunta. Produced by Eero Hietala, Ilkka Hynninen, Ella Piesala and Ville Haapasalo, Aito & Haapasalo Entertainment / Aito Media Group for Yle. Written by Topi Koljonen. Sales and director TBA. Format: 8×55’. Premier in 2023.


Power Play

The year is 1974. The setting is 2020. Power Play is a never before seen drama about a crucial turning point in political history, told as if taking place in the modern world. OSLO, 1974. When the Labour Party is torn apart by a disastrous feud between the Chairman and the Prime Minister, the young idealist Gro Harlem Brundtland is unwillingly pulled into the tactics and scheming of modern politics. As the government implodes around her, Gro learns to play her own games of power, climbing the ranks until she is left the last woman standing in the ruins of Labour’s celebrated social democracy.

Original title: Makta. Produced by Vilje Kathrine Hagen (Motlys) and Camilla Brusdal (Novemberfilm) for NRK. Executive producers are Hans-Jørgen Osnes (Motlys) Marianne Furevold (NRK). Created and written by Johan Fasting, Silje Storstein and Kristin Grue. Directed by Yngvild Sve Flikke. Nordic and international sales TBC. Format: 12×60’. Premier at fall 2022.


The Abyss

When the investigation of a series of gruesome, ritualistic murders of powerful men is given to detective Zora she sees it as her ticket out of the corrupt city. But when she catches the killer and learns the truth she must answer: are you a good cop or a good human?

Produced by Siniša Juričić, Nukleus Film. Created and written by Marjan Alčevski. Directed by Mladen Dizdar. Sales and broadcaster TBC. Format: 6×55’. Premier TBA.


Whiskey on the Rocks

In 1981, a Soviet U-137 ‘Whiskey’-class submarine ran aground on rocks deep inside Swedish territorial waters. This breach of sovereignty led to a stand-off between Sweden and the U.S.S.R. that took 11 days of high-stakes negotiation to resolve. Inspired by these events, ‘Whiskey on the Rocks’ is a dramedy about one of the most embarrassing and amazingly absurd incidents of the Cold War.

Produced and created by Henrik Jansson-Schweizer and Patrick Nebout, Dramacorp. Written by Jonas Jonasson, TBA. Broadcaster, sales and director TBA. Format TBA (Mini-Series). Premier TBA.


Who Shot Otto Mueller?

Two very different detectives, Agnes Maramaa and Gabriel Vanem have to dive deep into the psychology of a complicated family, to solve the murder of a wealthy businessman in his home manor. As the body of Otto Mueller, a former wrestling champion and a business legend is found, the secrets of his life slowly unfold. His son Oliver is seen next to his body, holding the gun. Eight family members are interrogated. Each of them tell a different story with a different portrait of Otto. Each of them has a motive. One by one, the truth un- folds layer after layer. As the complexity of the murder increases, so does the relationship of the two detectives.

Original title: Kes Tappis Otto Mülleri? Produced by Ingrid Eloranta and Jevgeni Supin, Cuba Films. Written by Birk Rohelend. Directed by Ain Mäeots, TBA. Sales and broadcaster TBA. Format: 8×42’. Premier TBA.

Presented in collaboration with Black Nights Film Festival, Tallinn.



VIGDÍS tells the remarkable transformation story of how a young Icelandic woman named Vigdís Finnbogadóttir defied the patriarchal society, overcame adversities and eventually shattered the glass ceiling and made history by being elected world’s first female president in 1980. Vigdís’ life is full of drama, personal challenges and injustice but it is ultimately one of the most significant stories of our times.

Original title: Vigdís. Produced by Agusta Olafsdottir, Hordur Runarsson, Rakel Gardarsdottir and Arnbjorg Haflidadottir (Vesturport & Glassriver) for RÚV. Written by Bjorg Magnusdottir, Jana Maria Gudmundsdottir and Agusta Olafsdottir. Directed by Baldvin Z. Lead actress Nina Dogg Filipusdottir. Sales TBA. Format: 4×60’. Premier 2022/2023.

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