We are immensely proud to let you know that Gustav Möller will be returning to Sundance Film Festival with his new series THE DARK HEART which will celebrate its world premiere in the Indie Episodic section.
Based on the best selling novel of the same name by Joakim Palmkvist and inspired by real events, THE DARK HEART is a psychological drama thriller with an acclaimed Swedish cast. The series has been envisioned by two of Sweden’s most prominent names, screenwriter Oskar Söderlund (Easy Money, 2021) and director Gustav Möller (The Guilty, 2018) and tells the story of a forbidden love and a tragic murder.
Rikke Ennis, CEO at REinvent comments on the selection: “From the very beginning, we knew that THE DARK HEART would be something very special. Gustav Möller’s directorial skills and personal style really shines through, as the series lets audiences into a tension-filled and character-driven universe, supported by the amazingly talented cast. Today’s prominent selection for the Sundance Film Festival really emphasises the uniqueness of this series.”
“THE DARK HEART has been very well received by the international market from the first launch of the teaser and script. Several negotiations are ongoing and the series has been sold to Poland and Spain at an early stage. A series of this qualiber and quality will travel the world and we are very excited about the collaboration”, says Helene Aurø Sales & Marketing Director at REinvent International Sales.
Producer of the series for FLX, Anna Carlsten adds “We are extremely proud and happy about the invitation from the festival! It’s an honour to premiere this unique series at Sundance, and we’re looking forward to meeting the audience in Park City.”
THE DARK HEART stars an acclaimed Scandinavian cast, with Gustav Lindh, Clara Christiansson Drake, Aliette Opheim and Peter Andersson in the leading roles.
Clara Christansson Drake earned her breakthrough at age 14 in the film Faro and has since grown her skill as an actress and played several big roles in hit TV-series such as “Gåsmamman” (2015) and “Gösta” (2019).
Gustav Lindh’s international career skyrocketed with multi-award-winning feature “Queen of Hearts” (2019) and he was awarded with a European Shooting Stars Award at the Berlin International Film Festival 2021. Most recently he has shot the international feature “The Northman” (2022), in which he will be playing alongside an international stellar cast including Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe and Alexander Skarsgaard.
Aliette Opheim has starred in Netflix hit series “Caliphate” (2020) and “Knutby” (2021). Peter Andersson’s past appearances include “The Unlikely Murder” (2021) “Underworld” (2016) and “In order of Disappearance” (2014).
The series is a five-part psychological drama-thriller about how an old family feud clashes with a young, forbidden love story, leading to a tragedy with a deadly outcome, ultimately solved by a private investigator who gets obsessed with the case. The story is based on journalist Joakim Palmkvist’s book “The Dark Heart: A True Story of Greed, Murder, and an Unlikely Investigator”, that delves into the story about how a mysterious missing person’s case is investigated and solved by a a local Missing People-volunteer involved in the searches.
The series is created by screenwriter Oskar Söderlund and director Gustav Möller, who is the on-set director for all five episodes. The five episodes are produced by Anna Carlsten and Caroline Landerberg / FLX for Discovery+, in co-production with Film i Skåne and collaboration with REinvent International sales.
FLX is one of Scandinavia’s fastest growing production companies in TV drama, feature films and commercials. Drama series include “Quicksand”, ”Love & Anarchy”, “Blinded”, “Bonus Family season 4”, “Sunny Side season 7”, as well as ”The Unlikely Murderer”, “Anxious People”, ”Vi i villa”, and feature films “Day by Day”and ”Comedy Queen”.