Insomnia, Jar City and The Ape among highlights of Nordic Noir film festival

Nordic Noir

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.

Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Fri 7-Thu 13 May.


  • 1997
  • Norway
  • 1h 37min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Erik Skjoldbjærg
  • Written by: Erik Skjoldbjærg, Nikolaj Frobenius
  • Cast: Stellan Skarsgård, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Bjørn Floberg, Gisken Armand, Maria Bonnevie

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.

Jar City

  • 4 stars
  • 2006
  • Iceland
  • 1h 34min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur
  • Written by: Arnaldur Indriðason
  • 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.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • 3 stars
  • 2009
  • Sweden
  • 2h 32min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Niels Arden Oplev
  • 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…

Who is Kurt Wallander?

  • 2008
  • UK
  • 1h
  • 15
  • Directed by: Elaine Donnelly Pieper

Documentary about internationally bestselling Swedish writer Henning Mankell, creator of the Kurt Wallander series.

Wallander: Hemligheten (The Secret)

  • 2005
  • Sweden
  • 1h 30min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Stephan Apeigren
  • Cast: Krister Henriksson, Johanna Sallstrom, Ola Rapace

A boy's body is found in a barn but the crime and suspects don't seem to match up.

The Ape

  • 4 stars
  • 2009
  • Sweden
  • 1h 21min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Jesper Ganslandt
  • Written by: Jesper Ganslandt
  • Cast: Olle Sarri

Enigmatic and taut Nordic noir from Ganslandt about an irritable man who wakes up on his bathroom floor covered in blood.

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