– Scandinavian crime has become an international concept, both in books and films, says Ralf Ivarsson, CEO at Film i Skåne.
One of the greatest successes in the genre are the films about Kurt Wallander. The author Henning Mankell began writing detective stories to reach out to a broad audience with his social criticism. Today, his books are enjoyed worldwide and a total of almost fifty movies have been made about the popular commissioner. Nine of them are BBC productions with Kenneth Branagh in the leading role.
– In terms of number of minutes, Ystad is probably the most filmed city in Skåne. Otherwise, the largest production currently being filmed is the second season of "The Bridge", says Ralf Ivarsson.
The TV series "The Bridge" is a Danish-Swedish thriller that takes place in Malmö and Copenhagen. The series is about Swedish police officer Saga Norén (Sofia Helin) who investigates murder cases with her Danish colleague Martin Rohde (Kim Bodnia).
The series has been well received abroad. The rights have been sold to 57 countries and "The Bridge" was named Europe's best television series at the Prix Europa in Berlin. Several other border regions have now copied the concept and are producing their own remakes.
There are many places of historical interest for movies in Skåne. Both Jan Troell and Ingmar Bergman have produced some of their most famous films here. There are dramatic rock landscapes at Hovs hallar on the Bjäre peninsula where Antonius Block played chess with Death in the Ingmar Bergman film "The Seventh Seal".
One director who is showing Skåne’s less beautiful side is debutant Gabriela Pichler, whose film "Eat sleep die" depicts unemployment in a small community in the Skåne countryside. The film, which premiered last autumn, received the Audience Award at the Venice Film Festival.
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