Hit series centers on gay community in 80s Stockholm

STOCKHOLM — Hit Swedish drama series “Never Wipe Tears Without Gloves” is set to become a feature film.

The SVT series has received rave reviews, and the audience seems no less enthused. The three hour-long episodes have been followed by more than 1.2 million viewers each, which means that one in eight Swedes have watched the show.

Often compared with “Angels in America,” the drama is based on a true story about young gay men in Stockholm in the early 1980s. It is helmed by Simon Kaijser and written by Jonas Gardell, one of Sweden’s most influential writers. Gardell has also published a novel based on the story, which was released in mid-August, a month before the TV series premiered.

The series has been licensed in all Scandi countries, and the BBC has shown interest in acquiring it as well.

SVT producer Maria Nordenberg is now looking to turn it into a feature pic, she told Variety.

“We have a draft for a feature, which we will continue to edit, and we are also in talks with distributors and co-producers,” she said.

“It could be a tough sell in Sweden, since so many have already seen the series, but our principal focus will be the international market, film festivals and channels focused on TV movies.”

Nordenberg said SVT had loose plans to adapt it for the big screen from the beginning, but admits that the overwhelming response from viewers and critics has spurred them on.

The series features upcoming thesps Adam Palsson and Adam Lundgren in leading roles, alongside more established actors Marie Richardson, Stefan Sauk and Simon J. Berger in supporting roles.

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