It’s been almost three months since Faroese-Danish crime drama series TROM premiered on streaming service Viaplay, and the series has now been nominated for the Golden Nymph Awards in the Fiction category at this year’s Monte-Carlo Television Festival in Monaco.
The award has previously been handed to world-renowned series such as Borgen, The Killing, Modern Family, and Breaking Bad, and TROM is actually the first Viaplay series to be nominated for the award that is scheduled for June 21st.
“We’re thrilled to receive Viaplay’s first-ever nominations at the prestigious Monte-Carlo Television Festival — and very proud to help put Faroese drama on the map,” Filipa Wallestam, Viaplay owner NENT Group’s chief content officer noted. She added: “Viaplay is the leading Nordic drama producer, with at least 70 Viaplay Originals set to premiere this year, and it’s so exciting that our unique storytelling is increasingly receiving international attention.”
Written by Faroese screenwriter Torfinnur Jákupsson, who adapted the novels of Faroese author Jógvan Isaksen, TROM is co-produced by Nordic Reinvent Studios and Kykmyndir.
“Some dreams are worth losing sleep over,” Jákupsson commented on the news of the award nomination. “The making of this series has been a journey from the unimaginable to proving the impossible and inspiring a new generation of Faroese filmmakers. It’s a nice surprise and a great honor to be nominated. Credit to Viaplay for creating a platform to showcase more local Nordic voices, to REinvent Studios for championing this dream into a reality, and everyone involved from beginning to end. Just being recognized means more than you think.”
The opening season of TROM, consisting of six episodes, follows main character Hannis Martinsson (Ulrich Thomsen), a journalist in Denmark who unexpectedly receives a message from Sonja, his estranged daughter, claiming that her life is in danger. Martinsson thus reluctantly returns to his native Faroe Islands to investigate the matter, only to stumble upon Sonja’s dead body in the bloody waters of a whale hunt. His search for answers soon brings him into conflict with the local police and uncovers a web of secrets within the close-knit community.
The series premiered on Viaplay February 13th, and the rights have also been purchased by BBC. It remains unclear at this point whether more seasons will follow.