Midnight Sun

  • 120'
  • France
  • 2016

Swedish duo Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein created the TV hit The Bridge (2011 -), a cross-border thriller which pairs Swedish and Danish cops tracking a killer hell-bent on pointing up injustices. Midnight Sun, a French-Swedish co-production (the first for its French backer, Canal Plus TV) starts similarly in a more exotic setting. Kahina, a French policewoman, is sent to the Arctic Circle to investigate the gruesome murder of a fellow citizen. She is joined by a local investigator. What is the connection between this death and the indigenous Sami, who are threatened by a mining company? This somber thriller shines a light on their culture via shamanic interludes. The gorgeous and disturbing setting, the midnight sun, inverts the dark clichés of Film Noir/Nordic Noir and unsettles Kahina.
Slick and frantic, Midnight Sun scrambles crime scenes and identity as well, bending genders, forcing the tormented Kahina, the Sami and the Swedes to deal with their respective pasts.
Season 1, episodes 1 and 2.

Directors
Björn Stein, Måns Mårlind
Countries of production
France, Sweden
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
120'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Midnattsol
Language
Swedish
Producers
Stefan Baron, Mikael Wallen, Henrik Jansson-Schweizer, Patrick Nebout, Olivier Bibas / Atlantique Productions
Production Companies
Nice Drama, Atlantique Productions
Sales
Studio Canal
Screenplay
Måns Mårlind
Cinematography
Erik Sohlström
Editor
Kristofer Nordin, Håkan Karlsson
Production Design
Niels Sejer
Sound Design
Christophe Leroy
Music
Nathaniel Méchaly
Cast
Leila Bekhti, Gustaf Hammarsten, Peter Stormare, Albin Grenholm, Jakob Hultcrantz Hansson , Jessica Grabowsky, Richard Ulfsäter
Local Distributor
Lumière