Work In Progress section previews Swedish thriller
stages of completion. “The Hypnotist” is a Swedish murder thriller starring Mikael Persbrandt (“The Hobbit,” “In a Better World”). Produced by Peter Possne’s Sonet Film, it’s based on the first novel in a detective series by Lars Kepler, and is intended to be the start of a franchise. The pic marks Hallstrom’s return to Swedish cinema for the first time since he was Oscar-nominated for his breakthrough pic “My Life as a Dog” in 1988. His latest international movie, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” was well received at the recent Toronto Film Festival, where it was acquired by CBS Films for U.S. distribution. Other high-profile titles in Stockholm’s Work in Progress sidebar include Babak Najafi’s “Easy Money 2,” the sequel to the hit Swedish crime thriller; and “Comrade,” a Danish-Norwegian war movie by Peter Naess (“Elling”). “Comrade” producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen of Zentropa will also give a masterclass at the festival.