Dutch Options has acquired worldwide rights to Finnish streaming service Elisa Viihde’s crime collection “Evilside,” a six-hour Archipelago thriller set within the Oulu area of northern Finland. Filming passed off from Dec. 2021 via Feb. 2022.
“Evilside” is produced by Whatevergroup Oy in collaboration with Handmade Movies in Norwegian Woods, Enterprise Finland, Enterprise Oulu and the Finnish Movie Basis.
“What drew us to ‘Evilside’ is that the script had all of the traits of a very good Scandi noir thriller, however with a really numerous mixture of characters and so many new parts added,” Dutch Options CEO Pim van Collem instructed Selection.
She added: “Two ladies are on the heart right here: the detective making an attempt to unravel the case and the younger girl who’s accused of the crime. Together with a teenage character as one of many leads will feed into a complete new youthful viewers and we’re excited to be hitting the worldwide market with this gem.”
“Evilside” (“Korvessa Kulkevi”) follows the aftermath of the brutal homicide of a teen boy in a small fishing village. When each proof and public opinion factors to Johanna, a teenage sufferer of bullying, she should show her innocence to everybody – together with the police investigating the homicide.
The collection is for a home launch in Finland on Elisa Viihde Viaplay within the fall of 2023, Dutch Options will launch present onto the worldwide market with a particular presentation to chose consumers at Collection Mania, the outstanding French TV pageant which unspools over March 8-25. The collection has additionally made the reduce for this 12 months’s MIPDrama, an indication of its potential trade reputation.
“‘Evilside’ is ready in a small group within the archipelago, however its common theme of feeling excluded is relatable world wide. We’re proud that we will convey such robust tales to worldwide audiences with our companions,” stated Ani Korpela, Elisa Viihde’s chief content material officer [job titles after a name are lower case]. Producer Antti Kaarlela additionally praised the collection’ well timed subjects, from bullying to “inner tensions” plaguing the village within the Bothnian Bay.
The collection is directed by Jussi Hiltunen, additionally behind “Bordertown” and “Arctic Circle,” with Olivia Ainali, Saimi Kahri, Amira Khalifa, Jacob Öhrman, Dennis Nylund and Matti Onnismaa rounding up the solid.
“Once we have been arising with the story, we aimed for themes about outsiders in a tight-knit group. What does it really feel wish to develop up in a distant village, below the strain from your individual group solely since you’re a bit totally different?,” stated creator Aleksi Puranen, who co-wrote the collection alongside Antti Kairakari and Oona Haapaniemi.
“We’ve seen loads of ‘tough-as-nails detective with household points investigates’ tales earlier than and we needed one thing extra fascinating,” he added.
So “Evilside’s” detective is “much less tortured and extra mellow – however clearly very sensible and good at her job.”
Additionally, Puranen famous, “Evilside” is a “group thriller with two equal and highly effective leads – one investigating the crime and the opposite one being the teenage lady who’s our prime suspect. Collectively, they lead us via the twists and turns of the story.”