Norwegian series are not yet well known to viewers in our country. Only a few Norwegian series such as Operation Telemark, Young and Promising, Moving Sands O Shame, The streaming platform The movie has premiered last January 12, for the first time in Spain, the series Nobel. Considered one of the best European series in recent years, it was the winner of the European Prix for Best TV Miniseries.
Nobel is a production of NRK, Norwegian public television, which ctells the story of a soldier that, after returning from the Afghanistan War, he sees his life and that of his family in serious danger by accidentally becoming the decisive piece of a horrifying international political conspiracy.
The series stars actor Aksel Hennie, known for Mars de Ridley Scott and has been directed by Per-Olav Sørensen, responsible for other successful Nordic series such as Operation Telemark O quicksand.
The story of a veteran soldier
The protagonist of this series is a veteran of the Afghan war who unwittingly becomes the pawn of an international conspiracy that will put your family in danger. His complicated situation leads him to seriously question how far he is willing to go to keep the peace.
For some, the series is the Norwegian “Homeland” due to a certain parallel with American fiction as it is political in nature and due to those incredible moments of tension and suspense. The Serie Nobel denies the certainty that some Norwegians have that their country remains aloof from major war conflicts. Director Per-Olav Sørensen explains that “I wanted to do a series about Afghanistan, because I find it very frustrating that sometimes we pretend that we are not there with our Armed Forces.
A good cast made in Norway
The protagonist of the series Nobel is Aksel Hennie a well-known actor in Hollywood and whom we have seen in films such as Mars de Ridley Scott o Hercules by Brett Ratner. The actor explained about the character of his fellow citizens: “We Norwegians speak of ourselves as a nation of peace, despite the fact that we are waging war in other countries.” To prepare for his role, the actor has confessed that he had to undergo very tough training with the Armed Forces of his country. “The difference between the wonderful soldiers I worked with and myself is that they risk their lives every day; for me it was little more than a game ”, explains the protagonist.
In addition to the lead actor Aksel Hennie, in the cast we can find Norwegian actors como Atheer Adel, Mohammad-Ali Behboudi, Danica Curcic, Eirik Evjen, Runar Holmstroem, André Jerman, Anders Danielsen Lie, Michael Masula, Tuva Novotny, Farhad Payar, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen, Christian Rubeck, Dennis Storhoi o Ayesha Wolasmal.
The challenge of Norwegian fiction
In the early 2010s, Norway launched into the challenge of producing its own series just as their neighbors, Sweden and Denmark, had already done. At that time they began to produce quality series that could be exported to the international market. Thanks to the work of the NRK chain, which is the public chain in Norway, quality series began to be produced that soon stood out as Operation Telemark, Young and Promising, Skam, Occupied, The Time of Happiness O Home Ground that have been released in many countries.
Despite the difficulties they had to achieve a good budget, Nobel has also become one of those series that stands out in Norwegian fiction. With a budget of 6.7 million euros, much smaller than any American production, the series achieved great success in its premiere 5 years ago since its first episode achieved a spectacular 50% share in its country. The series won the European Prix for Best TV Miniseries and Netflix distributed it internationally, although until now it had not been seen in Spain.
Sørensen explained that it was not easy to find funding for the project as it was a serious politician: “As is evident, when you launch a project that is defined with the words” politics “,” contemporary “and” war “… television networks they do not rush to open their wallets for you! They prefer to make thrillers or literary adaptations, which are less conflictive and guarantee a faithful audience ”. The director shows very proud to have succeeded with this Nobel series to expand the limits and possibilities of the Norwegian series: “It was a fantastic challenge to be able to bring to the audience such a complex and engaging story, a dramatic thriller about friendship, family, and politics.”
One of the series with which Filmin has started this year 2021 and that promises a good political intrigue. A good option for those who they enjoy this genre of series and they want to know one of the most successful new proposals of Norwegian fiction in recent years that can already be seen in our country.
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