The prestigious Monte-Carlo Television Festival has announced this year’s Golden Nymph Award winners, and ‘TROM’ has received the Best Actor and Jury Special prize in the Fiction category. The crime drama series – the first-ever from the Faroe Islands – stars Ulrich Thomsen, Maria Rich and Olaf Johannessen, and is produced by Rikke Ennis at REinvent Studios in co-production with Kyk Pictures, True North and ZDF/ARTE.
Torfinnur Jákupsson, creator, writer, and executive producer of TROM says: “This feels like a big moment, not just for those of us involved, but hopefully a promising future for Faroese drama as a whole. It is a great honor to be recognized and represented among such distinguished talent at such a prestigious festival. TROM is only the first series from the Faroes, it feels special and historical, and this award is credit to every single person who helped make this little old daydream a reality. Together, we have ignited the spark to a light that will never go out.”
“I am utterly proud that this first ever Faroese TV series initiated by Torfinnur Jákupsson and based on books by bestselling Jogvan Isaksen is winning this prestigious award tonight. It has been a memorable journey and we are sincerely thankful for all the support we have had from the Faroese community, Viaplay, DR, BBC, VRT and all the other buyers who believed in us and chose to commit to the series early stages.” says Rikke Ennis, CEO REinvent Studios.
About the series
TROM is written by Torfinnur Jákupsson and Donna Sharpe (‘West of Liberty) and is based on bestselling novels by award-winning Faroese author Jógvan Isaksen, and directed by Kasper Barfoed (‘Dicte: Crime Reporter’) and Davíð Óskar Olafsson (‘The Valhalla Murders’) and Peter Ahlén. The series is supported by Nordisk Film & TV Fond, the Faroese Film Institute and the Creative Europe MEDIA programme of the European Union. The executive producer for Viaplay is Marlene Billie Andreasen. Viaplay Content Sales is responsible for Nordic and Baltic sales and REinvent Studios handle international sales.
The six-part show, which premiered locally on Viaplay in February to critical and commercial acclaim, follows journalist Hannis Martinsson (Thomsen), who receives a message from Sonja, a young Faroese woman who claims she is Hannis’ daughter and that her life is in danger. Reluctantly returning home to the Faroes to investigate, Hannis discovers Sonja’s body in the waters of a whale hunt. His search for answers soon brings him into conflict with local detective Karla Mohr (Rich) as he uncovers a web of secrets in the close-knit community – but how far is he willing to go to learn the truth?
About Monte-Carlo Television Festival
At the 61st edition of the Monte-Carlo TV Festival, six Golden Nymph Awards were presented in the Fiction Category, including Best Film, Best Series, Best Creation, Best Actress, Best Actor and the Jury Special Prize. The winners were announced on Tuesday 21 June, in the presence of Honorary President, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco. 21 programs from 12 countries were officially selected to compete across the Prince Rainier III Special Prize, the Documentaries & News category as well as the Fiction category. www.tvfestival.com