Canal + and SVT have greenlit high-concept, multi-lingual thriller Midnight Sun/Jour Polaire from Mårlind&Stein (Underworld Awakening). The series, which shoots this summer on location in Sweden’s Arctic region, is being produced by Atlantique Productions, Nice Drama and Filmpool Nord. Starring Leila Bekhti (A Prophet) and Gustaf Hammarsten (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), Midnight Sun/Jour Polaire reps the first ever French-Swedish co-production.  Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein (The Bridge) are set to direct all 8 episodes of the series.

Created by Mårlind&Stein, and based on a idea by Henrik Jansson-Schweizer and Patrick Nebout, Midnight Sun/Jour Polaire starts with the brutal murder of a French citizen in a struggling mining community in the far north of Sweden. A French detective is sent to investigate the case along with a local Swedish prosecutor and quickly finds herself confronting a ruthless serial killer, a macabre plan and her own painful past. The multi-lingual series will feature English, Swedish and French.  Canal + previously made bilingual/cross-border series The Tunnel with Sky Atlantic. 

 “Canal + is particularly proud to launch, for the first time ever, a major international series with Swedish broadcaster SVT,” said Canal + director of French Fiction Fabrice De La Patellière. “Filmed in the spectacular landscapes of the Arctic region, near Kiruna, Midnight Sun/Jour Polaire promises viewers a unique atmosphere. Written and directed by the very talented Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein and featuring French actress Leïla Bekhti and Sweden’s Gustaf Hammersten, this Nordic thriller is a prestigious addition to the channel’s collection of original productions.”

The series is produced by Nice Drama (MTG) and Atlantique Productions in association with GMT (Lagardère Entertainment). Executive producers are Olivier Bibas and Patrick Nebout for Atlantique Productions, and Stefan Baron, Mikael Wallen and Henrik Jansson-Schweizer for Nice Drama.

StudioCanal will handle worldwide distribution.