Helsinki Finland 25th January 2023

“To Cook a Bear” takes place in the summer of 1852 in the village of Kengis, far north in Sweden. In the epic grandeur of the Northern polar landscape, we meet the newly appointed Pastor and his family. While the Pastor has a spiritual awakening that profoundly impacts the Sami and Tornedalians, the body of a shepherd’s girl is found in a bog. Soon the villagers set out in search of the killer bear they think is on the rampage.

While the local community searches for the bear they presume to be the killer, a suspicion grows inside the Pastor who thinks something else happened. Not long after another girl is found dead and the Pastor’s suspicions gain renewed credence. Soon he joins forces with the impoverished Sámi boy Jussi and starts investigating the various leads about the horrible incident. The six-part series is based on the 19th-century period crime novel by Mikael Niemi, which has sold millions of copies worldwide.

Helsinki-filmi has together with Finland’s leading Casting Director, Minna Sorvoja, launched a casting call for the role of the Sámi boy Jussi and will continue casting supporting Sámi roles throughout the spring. Minna will be doing on site auditions at the upcoming Skábmagovat Indigenous Peoples’ Film Festival in Inari Finland

’’To Cook a Bear’’ is produced by Anagram Sweden for The Walt Disney Company Nordic & Baltic. Helsinki-filmi will provide the production services for the series in Finland, with the support of Business Finland – Audiovisual Production Incentive.


For Sámi casting inquiries: minna.sorvoja@filmona.fi (insert in the title ‘’To Cook a Bear’’)tel. +358 41 51 000 42

For production inquiries in Finland: inka@aurorastudios.fi

ABOUT ANAGRAM SWEDENAnagram was founded in 2002 in Lund, the southern part of Sweden. The group consists of Anagram Sweden with offices in Malmö, Anagram Norway (Oslo) and Anagram Live (Lund). Having produced approx. 300 hours of content over the years, Anagram is one of the leading Nordic production companies dedicated to scripted TV-series and feature films. Anagram Sweden strives to produce locally anchored content using a humanistic approach and is known for its series such as Thin Blue Line, The Machinery, 30 Degrees in February as well as its award winning films like Yarden and Eat Sleep Die. As of October 2022 Anagram is a part of Newen Studios.


Anagram Sweden

Miira Paasilinna miira@anagram.se