Following the launch of the Viaplay streaming service in the U.S. in late February, the streaming platform is adding a variety of premium content in March. The Viaplay March 2023 titles include chilling Nordic noir series and shocking true crime documentaries.
The Viaplay March 2023 slate includes Connie Nielsen’s critically-acclaimed biopic series The Dreamer – Becoming Karen Blixen, the award-nominated feature film Margrete: Queen of the North, music doc a-ha: The Movie, the second season of police drama Thin Blue Line, and more.
Viaplay is the leading producer of high-quality and psychologically penetrating series and films from the Nordic region — a genre known as Nordic Noir — whether that be atmospheric and suspenseful crime dramas, provocative and stylish young adult series, or dark comedies.
Subscribers have unparalleled access to high-quality Nordic film and television on Viaplay, all subtitled in English.
Viaplay is available to stream in the US via apps on iOS (Apple’s App Store) and Android (Google Play) mobile phones and tablets; Chromecast devices; Smart TVs, Android TV, Google TV, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV streaming devices; as well as on web browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Safari).
The service is also available through Comcast’s Xfinity and Xumo platforms and as part of The Roku Channel’s Premium Subscriptions line-up.
VIAPLAY HIGHLIGHTS FOR MARCH
The Dreamer – Becoming Karen Blixen – Exclusive North American Premiere Thursday, March 30, 2023
The Dreamer – Becoming Karen Blixen, starring Connie Nielsen, is the story of one woman’s struggle to find her place in life while freeing herself from the expectations of family and society. The series takes place in the 1930s and follows Karen Blixen’s return to Denmark after many years in East Africa.
Penniless, sick, divorced, and with her dreams in ruins, The Dreamer – Becoming Karen Blixen shows Blixen’s journey from her lowest point to becoming a renowned writer, including visualizations of her interior life and the magical universe of her stories. (6 Episodes, Binge)
Margrete: Queen of the North (Margrete den første) (US only) – Exclusive US Premiere Thursday, March 16, 2023
1402. Queen Margrete is ruling Sweden, Norway, and Denmark through her adopted son, Erik. But a conspiracy is in the making and Margrete finds herself in an impossible dilemma that could shatter her life’s work: the Kalmar Union.
Starring highly celebrated Danish actress Trine Dyrholm, who has been nominated 15 times for both the Bodil Awards and Robert Awards, including both nominations for her portrayal as Queen Margrete. (Feature Film)
VIAPLAY MARCH 2023 SCHEDULE
AVAILABLE MARCH 6
The Preacher’s Dark Side (Predikantens Dubbelliv) – Viaplay True Crime Documentary
Peter Karlsson is a happily married family man, a preacher and a serial rapist. For many years he lives a double life posting pictures of himself, his wife and his children snuggling up on the couch on Friday evenings.
He is deeply involved in Bible studies, and he is an avid preacher. Parallel to being a “good husband and father” he goes out to “ease his anxiety”. His way of doing this is to threaten, molest and rape women that go jogging by the beach.
In the beginning, he mostly fondles women only to escalate to rape and threaten his victims with a knife, sometimes even filming the rapes with his phone. After many attacks, the police make a sketch of the rapist and Peter’s wife recognizes him. (2022, 2 episodes)
AVAILABLE MARCH 8
Betrayed (Den største forbrytelsen) – Film (U.S. only)
Winner, Best Foreign Language Drama at Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival
Based on a true story, we follow the Jewish Braude family’s experiences when the Jews are arrested and deported from the camp Berg, on the ship Donau and down to the extermination in the concentration camp in Auschwitz. (2020)
AVAILABLE MARCH 13
This Life (Hvidsten gruppen) – Film
Winner, Audience Award (Drama) and Best Actress, The Robert Award (Danish)
The true story of the Fiils, a family of innkeepers who during Nazi-Germany’s occupation of Denmark took up arms against the German occupiers. But in the fight for freedom, some must die so that others may live. (2012)
Those left behind (Hvidsten gruppen II – De efterladt) – Film
We follow Tulle Fiil and her sister Gerda Fiil during WW2, who are sentenced to the horrors of German prison. At home at the inn in Hvidsten, Gudrun fights with her daughter Bitten to get her daughters home. (2022)
AVAILABLE MARCH 15
White Trash (Vitt Skräp) – Film
In a small Swedish town during the 1980s, two strangers accidentally find themselves caught up in a drug cartel. (2021)
AVAILABLE MARCH 16
Margrete: Queen of the North (Margrete den første) – Film (U.S. only)
US PREMIERE. 1402. Queen Margrete is ruling Sweden, Norway and Denmark through her adopted son, Erik. But a conspiracy is in the making and Margrete finds herself in an impossible dilemma that could shatter her life’s work: the Kalmar Union.
Starring highly celebrated Danish actress Trine Dyrholm, who has been nominated 15 times for both the Bodil Awards and Robert Awards, including both nominations for her portrayal as Queen Margrete.
AVAILABLE MARCH 20
A Murderer Goes Missing (Styckmordet Ingen Vill Lösa) – True Crime Documentary
For many years, Holger Algdal has abused his wife mentally and controlled her life. She has had enough and leaves him to start a new life with a charismatic doctor. One day, he shoots and kills his ex-wife, while her new boyfriend is on the phone with her.
Holger turns the gun on himself and pulls the trigger. He is badly injured but survives. He is sentenced to 10 years in jail and is released prematurely. Three months after his release from prison, Holger vanishes under mysterious circumstances. (2022, 2 episodes)
AVAILABLE MARCH 22
I Am Zlatan – Sport Biopic Feature Film
Son of Balkan immigrants Zlatan Ibrahimovic, born in Sweden, becomes, after a rough childhood, a Swedish football champion of several decades. (2021)
AVAILABLE MARCH 27
The Sandhamn Murders (Morden i Sandhamn) – Season 6A and 6B
Viveca Sten’s popular novels come to life in “The Sandhamn Murders”, a perfect mix of Nordic crime and the beautiful surroundings of the outer Stockholm archipelago. (2018, 4 episodes)
AVAILABLE MARCH 29
Thin Blue Line (Tunna Blå Linjen) – Season 2 (U.S. only) – Exclusive US Premiere
Winner, Best Program, Kristallen (Swedish TV Award)
The popular, critically-acclaimed Swedish police drama returns with new episodes. An intimate portrayal of the daily life of four police officers, where the line between private and professional life blurs out as tensions heighten in the animated and crime-ridden city of Malmö, Sweden. (2022, 8 episodes)
a-ha: The Movie – English-Language Documentary Feature Film
Nominee, Audience Award, Tribeca Film Festival; Nominee, Best Music Documentary Feature, Nashville Film Festival
Exclusive to Viaplay. Follows the popular band on tour, telling the full story of how three young men followed their impossible dream of becoming Norwegian pop stars. When “Take On Me” reached number 1 on Billboard in the US in 1985 the dream came true. Or did it? (2021)
AVAILABLE MARCH 30
The Dreamer – Becoming Karen Blixen – Viaplay Original Series
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE. The Dreamer – Becoming Karen Blixen is the story of one woman’s struggle to find her place in life while freeing herself from the expectations of family and society. The series takes place in the 1930s and follows Karen Blixen’s return to Denmark after many years in East Africa.
Penniless, sick, divorced, and with her dreams in ruins, The Dreamer – Becoming Karen Blixen shows Blixen’s journey from her lowest point to becoming a renowned writer, including visualizations of her interior life and the magical universe of her stories. Starring Connie Nielsen (Gladiator, Wonder Woman). 6 episodes.
ON YOUR RADAR – AVAILABLE TO BINGE
In addition to the new Viaplay March 2023 titles, check out the following programming on the streaming service.
Trom Season 1 – Viaplay Original
The atmospheric Nordic Noir series follows journalist Hannis Martinsson (Ulrich Thomsen, The Blacklist, Banshee), who risks his life to solve the murder of a missing animal rights activist discovered amid a local whale hunt.
Furia Season 1 – Viaplay Original
A shocking killing in an idyllic Norwegian town leads police investigator Asgeir (Pål Sverre Hagen) to undercover cop Ragna (Ine Marie Willmann) as she infiltrates a nationalist group in this dark, high-stakes thriller.
Threesome Season 1 – Viaplay Original
Stylish and provocative young adult drama about a Swedish couple living in London, David (Simon Lööf) and Siri (Matilda Källström), meet French art student Camille (Alma Jodorowsky, Blue is the Warmest Colour) during a night out, leading to a threesome that irrevocably changes their relationship. Co-stars Lucien Laviscount (Emily in Paris).
Face to Face Season 1 – Viaplay Original
A gripping interrogation drama series that follows police officer Bjørn as he investigates the murder of his daughter. The story takes place in one day where Bjørn tries to track down the killer, and where each episode introduces a new suspect in a new location.
The interrogations take Bjørn and the viewer one step closer to the truth, and one step closer to the looming question: what will Bjørn do when he’s facing the killer of his daughter, and what part did he have to play himself in her death. One interrogation – one location – two minds battling. Starring Ulrich Thomsen (Trom, The Blacklist)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy)
The Girl Who Played with Fire
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
All three critically acclaimed films from the BAFTA-award winning Millennium Trilogy based on the novels of Swedish writer Stieg Larsson and starring Noomi Rapace as computer hacker Lisbeth Salander.