The Style of Nordic Noir: Bordertown as a Stylistic Adaptation of the Prototype

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review


Nordic noir can be productively defined as a group style. The global popularity of prototypical Nordic noirs Forbrydelsen (The Killing, 2007–2012) and Bron/Broen (The Bridge, 2011–2018) encourages Nordic filmmakers and television producers to adapt and appropriate their conventions in the hope of reaching large audiences. Employing a specific style is a way of producing crime films and television series in an identifiable manner as Nordic noir. As a key example, the chapter analyzes how “the first Finnish Nordic noir” Sorjonen (Bordertown, 2016–) adapts and appropriates stylistic elements from The Bridge and The Killing in its use of 1) modernist art cinema elements, 2) conventions of the popular crime genre and 3) Nordic regional elements. These are the three categories that are essential for Nordic noir.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordic Noir, Adaptation, Appropriation
EditorsJaakko Seppälä, Andrew Nestingen, Linda Badley
Number of pages19
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-38657-3
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-38658-0
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture

Fields of Science

  • 518 Media and communications

Cite this