New Nordic Noir drama to be set in Arctic Sweden

A woman rides her kick sled on a snow covered road in Kiruna, Sweden in 2013. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman rides her kick sled on a snow covered road in Kiruna, Sweden in 2013. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)
Björn Stein, one of the directors behind The Bridge, spoke to Radio Sweden about what makes the Arctic mining town of Kiruna the perfect location for his latest Nordic Noir crime drama.

Stein and Måns Mårlind make up the directing duo behind the popular Swedish-Danish TV series The Bridge. 

Now they are returning to TV screens with a new series called Midnight Sun. Set in Kiruna, the northernmost town in Sweden, the programme revolves around a Swedish prosecutor with Sami heritage, and a French police officer who comes to investigate the gruesome murder of a French citizen.

Björn Stein of the directing duo Mårlind & Stein. (Karin Nilsson/Radio Sweden)
Björn Stein of the directing duo Mårlind & Stein. (Karin Nilsson/Radio Sweden)

“It’s mindblowing. And it’s a harsh environment. It’s tough, you know.” Director Björn Stein

Stein told Radio Sweden about his working relationship with Mårlind, Sami mysticism, and about what it is that makes Kiruna the perfect location for their latest production.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada:  Petition to change TV stereotypes of Arctic life on children’s TV, Radio Canada International

Finland: TV-loving domestic reindeer becomes celebrity in Arctic Finland, Yle News

Greenland:  Short film follow-up to “Gravity” connects the final and “last” frontiers, Blog by Mia Bennett

Norway: Arctic bird cliff will be Norway’s next contribution to slow TV, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden:  Sami & indigenous film festival in Stockholm, Radio Sweden

United States: ‘Ultimate Survival Alaska’ star James Sweeney has mixed feelings about reality TV, Alaska Dispatch News

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