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As one of only seven series, the four-episode drama series The Architect, by Kerren Lumer-Klabbers and starring Eili Harboe, has been invited to the Berlinale Series during the Berlin Film Festival, where it could also win the Berlinale Series Award.

Eili Harboe as the architect in The Architect. Photo: Viaplay Group

The Architect is about Julie, played by Shooting Star (2018) Eili Harboe, who is 30 years old and lives in a car-free Oslo in the near future. The housing market has gone completely off the rails and Julie can't get a mortgage. When her rent is increased, she has to find a new place to live. The solution will be a shared “flat” in a parking garage. Julie dreams of an architectural career so she can buy a flat. One day an opportunity for success presents itself at work. At the same time, an unexpected friendship blossoms between Julie and the new neighbour, Kaja. A friendship that threatens both her career and Julie's conviction that close relationships count less than materialistic goods.

A prize to be won

The Architect has been invited to the Berlinale Series, the TV drama part of the annual Berlin Film Festival. Here, the Norwegian series will participate in the official competition for the newly established Berlinale Series Award with series from major streaming services such as Disney+ and HBO Max. The series is the second Norwegian to participate in the competition for the Berlin Festival's TV prize, after the NRK series Home Ground, starring Ane Dahl Torp.

Made for a young audience

The Architect is made for a young audience and consists of four episodes of 18 minutes each. It was written by Nora Landsrød and Kristian Kilde, who also had the idea for the series, and is directed by Danish Kerren Lumer-Klabbers. Producers are Øyvind Lierhagen Eriksen and Caroline Hitland in Nordisk Film Production, who have made the series for Viaplay Group. According to Viaplay, the architect will premiere later this year, after the world premiere in Berlin.

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