The Minister to be shown around the world
Cineflix Rights, the Icelandic TV drama’s international distributor, has signed a deal with the new American streaming service Topic for distribution in the USA. It has also signed deals with SBS in Australia, AMC Networks International in southern Europe, and TVO in Canada. The deals were first reported by Variety earlier this week.
Ráðherrann started its run on RÚV on 20th September, with simultaneous broadcast with English subtitles on RÚV 2.
Viewers in Iceland can watch all the episodes to date here. New episodes air on Sunday evening, with episode five of eight coming up this weekend.
The series has already started on SVT in Sweden and YLE in Finland. The show has been nominated for recognition at the PRIX Europa awards and the Venice TV Awards.
“We are really happy to see Ráðherrann go onto as big markets as the USA, Australia, southern Europe and Canada are—as well as the Nordics and the Netherlands. A lot of work has gone into securing these contracts and we of course hope that these countries will welcome Benedikt and his politics just as his countrymen have,” says Hilmar Sigurðsson, president of Sagafilm.
In Ráðherrann, university lecturer Benedikt Ríkharðsson hits Icelandic politics like a hurricane. The non-traditional political figure approaches the election in such a way that he ends up as prime minister. After this, the signs of bipolar disorder start affecting his work and his relationships.
Benedikt is played by Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, already known around the world as Andri in Ófærð (Trapped).