Mikael Håfström preparing new TV series The Conductor
by Davide Abbatescianni
- After the success of Bloodline on Netflix, the Swedish director is now working on an eight-episode series produced by Piodor Gustafsson
Swedish filmmaker Mikael Håfström, who is best known for his 2003 drama Evil and the recent Netflix original thriller TV series Bloodline, is now working on a new project entitled The Conductor. This 8x44-minute series is an adaptation of Camilla Grebe and Paul Leander Engtröm’s first book in the Moscow Noir trilogy, penned by Finnish screenwriter-producer Aleksi Bardy, in collaboration with a creative team made up of Max Barron, Piodor Gustafsson, Mia Ylönen and the director himself.
The Conductor’s plot is set in post-Soviet Russia in 2003 and focuses on the character of Tom Blixen, a Swedish investment banker. The protagonist believes he can somehow handle the corruption that is spreading throughout the local business community, but after closing a risky deal, he will be forced to fight oligarchs, politicians, their violent protectors and, first and foremost, himself and the ghosts of his past. Tom is portrayed by Adam Pålsson, best known in Sweden for his involvement in Jonas Gardell’s series Don't Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves and for playing the lead role in Hannes Holm’s biopic Ted: Show Me Love. Other confirmed cast members are Christopher Wagelin (Stockholm [+see also:
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The series is being produced by Piodor Gustafsson’s Stockholm-based firm Black Spark Film & TV, in association with the Polish division of the television channel Canal+, Helsinki Filmi (Finland), Dansu Film (Lithuania) and local production outfit Bonnier Broadcasting. Moreover, the Nordisk Film & TV Fond, one of the main funding bodies in the region, recently supported the project with a production grant of 2.95 million Norwegian kroner (€311,000).
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