EXCLUSIVE: Streamer Viaplay is once again looking beyond Scandi Noir by greenlighting a feature film about a woman in two timelines, going through a messy divorce and a difficult adolescence.
Something is happening is based on the popular novels by Martina Haag and stars acclaimed Swedish actors Alexandra Rapaport and Ella Hammarsten Liedberg in the dual title roles of Petra. Haag fits alongside Peter Arrhenius.
Petra is depicted at two turning points in her life – the protagonist as a contemporary 50-year-old woman struggling with a divorce, and as a 15-year-old in the 1980s nearing the end of school while coping to his own parents. disintegrated relationship.
Shanti Roney (The Unlikely Murderer), Gustaf Hammarsten (The girl with the dragon tattoo), Jessica Liedberg (Whole) and Adrian Maceus (The truth will come out) all feature in the film, which explores universal themes of love, angst, and the search for self.
The order represents another departure from the traditional Scandi Noir genre for Viaplay, coming from the back of RSVP, a Swedish romantic comedy about a nurse looking for love.
Pic is produced by Calle Jansson and Mathias Gruffman at Bigster, with Sara Askelöf and Helena Larand serving as executive producers for Viaplay. The film is distributed worldwide by Viaplay Content Sales.
“Our next big film project will strike a chord with audiences in Sweden, the Nordic region and internationally – in fact, with anyone who has ever loved or been loved,” said Filippa Wallestam, Content Director of the Viaplay group.
“We have assembled a world-class team to tell this instantly recognizable story through an unusual narrative structure. Viaplay continues to set itself apart through its investment in unique streaming experiences.
Rapaport described Something is happening as a “dream project”.
Viaplay is targeting 70 international originals this year as it rolls out to key territories such as the US and UK. Owner NENT Group was recently renamed Viaplay Group to reflect its focus on streaming.