With ever-changing original content, charismatic actors and a dynamic that attracts the giants of online video, the Danish series continues to seduce and impose on monitors around the world.
Last dear, "In Your Father's Name", sent to the French-German channel Arte from Thursday, the new series Adam Price, scriptwriter of the acclaimed "Borgen", which followed the political and personal tribulations of an ambitious prime minister.
A clever mix of exoticism and realism explains the globalized audience's appetite for these introductory local and non-English series, says Professor of Computer Science at Aarhus University and Pia Jensen's Specialist.
For a long time, the Danish series had exploded internationally with "The Killing", following the investigation from a police scientist from Copenhagen.
She has since passed this vignette "Nordic Noir", which is standardized, and whose aesthetics are found beyond the Scandinavian borders in series such as "Shetland" or "Broadchurch", produced in the UK, says Mrs Jensen.
For a foreign audience, Denmark is as shown on the television "an exotic society that we must strive for because of the welfare state and strong women". "As if Denmark were paradise for parity," she exclaims.
Paradoxically, in this almost ideal world, "normal" characters develop as the audience says to identify easily, the researcher emphasizes.
– The Lord's Ways –
Distributed in nearly 80 countries, "In the Father's Name" explores the change of daily life of a Danish pastoral family dominated by the figure of a willing and stormy father in the grip of many demons, Johannes Krogh.
Lars Mikkelsen, who plays this pastor in the 50's, who has already played in The Killing, has just been awarded an International Emmy Award.
He is also recognized for his appearance as Russian president in the "House of Cards". With this role he has "created a new stallion for the interpretation of protagonist in a television series", insures the creator of the Adam Pris, the inevitable figure of cultural creation in Denmark.
"John is the tenth generation of pastors: it is a big burden that hurts him and he botheres him his son," he sums up.
The oldest, Christian lost, breaks the ban while the other, August, pastor like dad and poison, follows conscientious family life until he becomes a chapel for the troops stationed in Afghanistan.
"In the Bible there are many stories about fathers, sons and brothers, it was a fruitful reason for talking about male relationships, the gene for competition between men of the same family," analysis M. Price.
– Dissection –
One finds in "In Your Father's Name" part of the "Borgen" DNA: The effective politician Birgitte Nyborg shares with Cacique Johannes Krogh a passion for his work.
"But John reacts differently because his ambition is not related to the political world, it is about a more supernatural power," remarks Adam Price.
Reflection on faith and religion confuses a conscience dissection of the family matrix.
"Religion is sometimes imposed, just as the authority can be imposed on our children in a family," says the scriptwriter, who currently works with "Ragnarok" for Netflix, a six-part series in which a god of Nordic mythology is reincarnated as a teenager of the modern world.
"In the name of the father" was thought of as a story in two actions, the second season is currently broadcast on DR's public television, which produced it, and brings together more than 500,000 viewers.
This country of 5.8 million people is proud of its reputation as a small and large screen innovator.
"Danish producers think most about a Danish audience that they should be relevant to, and that is why DR continues to experiment, some series will travel – and some will not -" says Jensen.