Prisoner’s creators and co-stars on the making of the DR series and Nordic drama

Apr 21, 2023
Dimitris Passas

NOTE: This article is a republication- Source: Nordisk Film & TV Fond (by Annika Pham).

We spoke to actors Sofie Gråbøl, David Dencik, writer/creator Kim Fupz Aakeson, co-directors/creators Michael Noer and Frederik Louis Hviid on the Canneseries entry.

On Tuesday, some of Denmark’s most celebrated actors on the world stage - Sofie Gråbøl (The Killing, The Shift), David Dencik (No Time to Die, The Chestnut Man), as well as Charlotte Fich (Borgen, Manslaughter), Youssef Wayne Hvidtfeldt (Borgen, Yes No Maybe) and Laura Christensen (The Kingdom, The Investigation) walked up the pink carpet of the prestigious Theatre Lumière of the Palais des Festivals for the world premiere of DR’s event series Prisoner (Huset) at Canneseries’ main competition.

Next to them were seasoned writer and Prisoner’s main creator Kim Fupz Aakeson (Welcome to Utmark, In Order of Disappearance), co-creators and co-directors Michael Noer (R, Northwest, Papillon, Before the Frost), and Frederik Louis Hviid (Follow the Money 3, Shorta).

“The reception from the Cannes audience was amazing - they watched silently and their jaws dropped in many places,” Sophie Gråbøl told us straight after the official screening.

Gråbøl plays Miriam, one of the four main characters and prison guards, with Henrik, Sammi - the new idealistic recruit, and the head of unit Gert. We follow their daily lives and challenges in the rough and hostile prison environment, as well as at home, where their routine is also filled with conflict, secrets, and loneliness. The secrets soon resurface, with great consequences not only for the four prison officers, but for everyone inside and outside the prison walls.

The 6x58’ series was produced by Rikke Tørholm Kofoed for DR Drama, with support from Nordisk Film & TV Fond. DR Sales handles global sales. The show will premiere on DR1 in September.

We sat down in Cannes with Kim Fupz Aakeson, Michael Noer, Frederik Louis Hviid, Sofie Gråbøl and David Dencik.

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