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HBO Nordic to film comedy series in Sweden

Sweden

HBO Nordic is backing a new comedy series that filmmaker Lukas Moodysson will direct on location in Sweden.

Gosta will tell the story of a child psychologist who moves from Stockholm to a rural Swedish town and tries to help everyone he meets, with mixed results.

“Lukas’s unique voice has established him as a leading filmmaker both in Sweden and worldwide, and his vision for this series makes it a perfect fit as our first original commission from HBO Nordic,” said Antony Root, executive vice-president for original programming and production at HBO Europe.

“The unlikely hero at its heart will not only be recognisable to our Swedish audience, but will have resonance with our audiences across Europe, and internationally too.”

Gosta could help boost Sweden’s international production profile. The country’s highest-profile productions include the film adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, as well as David Fincher’s English-language remake of trilogy opener The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  

The Swedish government is yet to commit to a formal filming incentive, but has multiple international co-production agreements in place with countries around the world.

Sweden’s Nordic neighbours Norway and Finland have both recently launched filming incentives. Norway has since hosted scenes for Alexander Payne’s social satire movie Downsizing and Tomas Alfredson’s serial killer film The Snowman. 

Image: FreeImages.com/Deborah Krusemark