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Lasse Hallstrom to shoot ‘Hypnotist’

Pic is his first in Sweden for nearly 25 years

LONDON — Director Lasse Hallstrom is to make his first feature in his native Sweden in nearly a quarter of a century.

Shooting of “The Hypnotist” — based on one of the most successful Swedish crime novels since the Millennium trilogy — is due to begin during the winter of 2011/2012.

It will be the first of a planned series of films based on the work of Lars Kepler — the pen name for husband and wife writing team Alexandra and Alexander Ahndoril.

The film will focus on a case of the murder of a family investigated by Detective Inspector Joona Linna and is scheduled for a fall 2012 Swedish theatrical release.

The title refers to a hypnotist brought in to try to speed up the investigation by seeking subconscious clues from a surviving son of the murdered family, leading to terrifying consequences.

The film will be produced by Svensk Filmindustri and Sonet Film, with producers Borje Hansson, Peter Possne and Bertil Ohlsson.

Hansson and Possne have been involved in many of the Swedish box office hits of the past 20 years, including Oscar nominated “As It Is in Heaven” and this year’s Swedish Oscar nomination “Simple Simon.” Ohlsson was executive producer for “Amadeus” and “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” and also produced Hallstrom’s “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?”

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