Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, the courage it takes for an individual to go against the group and the consequences of how we raise our boys.
The small town Beartown is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees surrounding it, but with the junior ice-hockey team having a shot at winning the national semi-finals, all the dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys. A heavy burden that becomes the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.
Beartown is produced for HBO Europe by Filmlance International, part of Endemol Shine Group, producers are Bonnie Skoog Feeney and Mattias Arehn. Fredrik Backman is Executive producer and represented by Salomonsson Agency, Tor Jonasson and Sophie Smirnakos.
Executive Producers for HBO Europe are Hanne Palmquist, Steve Matthews and Antony Root.
Beartown will be filmed on location in the north of Sweden early 2019. The series will premiere day-and-date on HBO Nordic and across HBO Europe territories.