This long overdue season of crime thrillers from Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Iceland includes the recent adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the original 1997 version of Insomnia (later remade by Christopher Nolan), a brace of the Swedish language episodes of Wallander, nasty Icelandic puzzler Jar City and surreal Swedish oddity The Ape. Ticket deals available.
A police detective kills someone while attempting to catch a murderer. He conceals his crime, but his troubled conscience keeps him awake at night. Director Skjoldbjaerg inverts the familiar genre conventions of film noir, replacing neo-lit city streets with a bleak, bright coastal landscape.
Cast: Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir, Ingvar Eggert Sigurdsson
Compelling Icelandic police procedural thriller about a jaundiced middle-aged cop on the trail of a decades-old mystery involving rape, corruption and murder. Writer/director (and leading Icelandic actor) Kormákur brings some really fresh and haunting twists to the familiar narrative.
Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Sven-Bertil Taube, Peter Haber, Lena Endre, Peter Andersson
When investigative journalist Mikhael Blomkvist (Nyqvist) is called upon by an ageing Swedish industrialist to investigate the 40-year-old disappearance of his beloved great niece, his careful investigations get nowhere until a mysterious gothic Pippi Longstocking (Rapace) intervenes. The first of Stieg Laarson's…