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London — Scotland’s Glasgow Film Festival, which runs Feb. 20-March 2, will open with the U.K. premiere of Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” and will close with the Scottish premiere of Jonathan Glazer’s “Under the Skin,” which was partly filmed in the city.
The fest has 60 U.K. premieres, including: “My Name is Hmmm…,” the feature film directorial debut from French fashion icon agnès b.; “Mr Morgan’s Last Love,” starring Michael Caine and Clemence Poesy; Michel Gondry’s “Mood Indigo,” starring Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou; Kristin Scott Thomas and Daniel Auteuil starrer “Before the Winter Chill”; Thomas Imbach’s “Mary Queen of Scots”; “The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out »
- Leo Barraclough
I guess when starting this review of The Tunnel I will have to state something, yes I know it’s a remake of The Bridge and no I’ve not seen it yet but it’s safe to assume I will be watching it in the future. Now we have got our way past that I can say that this review will be on The Tunnel and based on the show itself, not a comparison to the original.
When a body is found in the service tunnels in the Channel Tunnel between the United Kingdom and France the French detective Elise Wassermann (Clémence Poésy) claims jurisdiction as the body appears to be that of a French politician. This are complicated though as the body splits apart leaving the legs on the UK side of the border line and the torso in France. More sinister is the fact that the two-part »
- Paul Metcalf
Scandi crime drama The Bridge may have attracted a strong fan following in the UK, but one person who's never seen the noirish thriller is actor Stephen Dillane, who recently starred in The Tunnel, a new series based on the Nordic original.
"I had no idea at all of the existence of the Scandinavian show when I was first sent the script," admits Dillane - who plays laid-back British detective Karl Roebuck. "I was told that there was this other project called The Bridge and it was then a question of whether to look at it or not, and I decided not to.
"I wanted to come at it fresh. I think sometimes you can look at original material and you can develop attachments that aren't necessarily helpful."
With no concept of the project's origins, it was simply a "well-written" script that attracted Dillane to The Tunnel and the character of Karl, »
The Bridge was one of a roster of Scandinavian drama series – since dubbed 'Nordic Noir' – that captured the imagination of UK audiences in the past two years.
Now returning to BBC Four for a second series, the crime thriller still retains many of the familiar elements that attracted viewers first time round – chiefly Sofia Helin's wonderful Saga – but also sees it grow and develop from the episodes that aired here in early 2012.
"I'm very proud of the visual development with this series," says Helin. "This season, we had one main director who did the first four episodes and the two last episodes. We had someone who could see the whole picture, so that's different from the first."
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