Midnight Sun

Marlind and Stein






Canal + Creation Originale



Leïla Bekhti, Gustaf Hammarsten, Olivier Gourmet, Denis Lavant, Peter Stormare


From Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein, the creative duo behind The Bridge(and its adaptation, The Tunnel) and co-directors of Underworld: The Awakening comes this new Nordic Noir, the first ever television co-production between Sweden and France. Set in the struggling mining hamlet of Kiruna, Sweden’s northernmost town, the 8-part series begins with an elaborate and brutal killing of a French citizen. To investigate the mysterious crime French detective Kahina Zadi (Leïla Bekhti, A Prophet) teams up with local Swedish prosecutor, Anders Harnesk (Gustaf Hammarsten, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). As the body count rises, Zadi and Harnesk realize that the killings mirror a ritual of the indigenous Sami (Laplander) people. In the eternal twilight of the Arctic Circle, the two investigators are drawn into Sami culture and beliefs, one of which warns that a storm is coming that will destroy everything.


We wanted to create a score that was very electronic and a stark contrast to the epic landscape of northern Sweden. We also wanted elements of Sami and Berber music to be part of the soundscape. But once we started to edit, it quickly became clear that we needed to bring in more warmth and organic instruments. It just mixed better with the images and scenes that we had shot. With the french composer Nathaniel Méchaly on board he created a musical world so rich and varied that we were totally blown away. He scripted the music as one would do for a feature film, since the show is shot with the same approach. We ended up with a interesting blend between acoustic and electronic instruments. In the end the score is a beautiful partner that dances with the images without missing a step.
Måns Mërling and Bjön Stein