‘Blackport’ wins Nordisk Film & TV Fond award in 2022

The hit Icelandic drama “Blackport” has won the 2022 Nordisk Film & Television Award, Scandinavia’s top award for period drama writing.

The awards were announced on the website at the end of the intense first day of workshops at the Göteborg . Festival Drama vision, with two of the series’ three writers, Gísli Örn Garðarsson and Mikael Torfason on stage to accept the Nordic Drama Screenplay Award, taking home a cash prize of €20,000 ($22,600). They were accompanied by producer Nina Dögg Filippusdóttir. The award also went to screenwriter Björn Hlynur Haraldsson.

Winner of the NFTF Award, “Blackport” hit three notable spots, winning the Series Mania Award at Berlinale Series Market’s 2018 Series Co-Pro competition following Garðarsson’s inspirational pitch and going on to win the award. highest at Series Mania last September.

“Blackport” has fended off stiff competition from Oscar-nominated Danish director Lone Sherfig’s “The Shift,” and the 2021 Canneseries “Countrymen” winning cast, written by Izer Aliu and Anne Bjørnstad. Auli Mantila’s original Finnish food fraud thrillers and films “Transport” and “Suburbia” by Tove Eriksen Hillblom, a hit from the hell of Sweden’s middle-class consumers.

Directed by Garðarsson, Haraldsson and María Reyndal and sold by France’s Premium Content Showcase, “Blackport” weights as a family story drawn by a period tragic farce delving deep into Iceland in the years 1983-91.

It started in 1983 when fishing quotas were introduced into Iceland. Harpa, a village council secretary, builds a local fishing empire in a beautiful western fjord but in a man bigger than ever.

costs as the decade progresses. Effectively privatizing Iceland’s largest industry, quotas “changed Iceland’s history forever,” says Garðarsson Diversity.

Shot on location and based on real events – many of which are too bizarre to be true – “Blackport” presents two of the contemporary TV series’ calling cards: its proximity to local audiences – as pointed out by NRK drama head Ivar Kohn himself at TV Drama Vision as a way pubcasts can push back against the dominance of streamers – and for international audiences reality, a sense of authentic local detail and a glimpse into a little-known period in European history.

“We believe that most viewers around the globe want to explore a microscopic world that they didn’t know before,” said Haraldsson. “We were intrigued by the horrific accident in a nuclear power plant in the Soviet Union in 1986, just as we were eager to follow a high school chemistry teacher in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who became a drug kingpin. crystal”.

“Blackport” is produced by Icelandic Vesturport and supported by the state network RÚV and Arte France.

Founder of Vesturport and European Theater Award-winning actor-writer-stage director, Berlin Shooter Garðarsson has landed the lead role in Netflix’s “Ragnarok”. Haraldsson’s 2015 screenwriter-director debut “Homecoming” is being remade in the UK. As well as an actor, producer and co-founder of Vesturport, he’s already known for his performances in “Fortitude” and “Trapped” and for starring on the Icelandic Oscar shortlist “Sheep.” young.”

Novelist and playwright Torfason wrote “Valhalla Murders” for Netflix.

https://variety.com/2022/tv/global/blackport-2022-nordisk-film-tv-fond-prize-1235170977/ ‘Blackport’ wins Nordisk Film & TV Fond award in 2022

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