Icelandic crime Drama comes of age…
Trapped put Icelandic crime on the map in 2016, but it turns out another of the country’s crime dramas came first. Case, now available for UK viewers, begins with a young ballerina’s apparent suicide in Reykjavik’s National Theatre. The police investigation gradually reveals dark secrets including drugs, computer hacking and teenage sex tapes.
The show’s director, Baldvin Zophoniasson, worked on both shows, as did Steinunn Olina Thorsteinsdottir, who plays the razor-sharp detective Gabriela. “What I really liked about Case is its slower pace, and it’s much darker,” says the director. “Trapped is a more typical whodunit.”
Zophoniasson brings a queasy, documentary style to the show, which features intriguing characters such as the grizzled, alcoholic lawyer Logi (Magnus Jonsson). “He’s a troubled character with a bad reputation, but he’s a clever guy,” says Zophoniasson. “If you want to get away with a murder, you hire Logi.”
The drama is partly based on a true story. Incredibly, one cast member is the father of one of the girls in the real-life case. “That’s typical Iceland, because it’s such a small country,” says the director. “So I got a new insight on the case and that helped me a lot.”
Case Series 1 is at walterpresents.com