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With Volume One of the Van Veeteren Films arriving on DVD today, Paul Risker discusses the Scandinavian detective series...
Just as Shaun Evans steps into the shoes of the legendary John Thaw to travel back in time to introduce us to a young Endeavour Morse, his time travelling journey coincides with the arrival of the newly retired Inspector Van Veeteren. From the origins of one of Britain’s most beloved detectives in television and literature crime fiction, we travel into the twilight of one of the icons of Scandinavian detective fiction.
The creation of Swedish teacher and author Håkan Nesser, Van Veetren debuted in 1993’s The Mind’s Eye (Det grovmaskiga nätet), translated into English in 2008. Nesser has since written eight Van Veeteren novels, the latest instalment of which The Weeping Girl was published in the UK only last month. Nesser is twice the recipient of the Best Swedish Crime Novel award, »
- Flickering Myth
Horror stories that are grounded in reality, and yet not bound by rules … these inspire Adam Simon and Tim Metcalfe (The Haunting in Connecticut). And it’s what they appreciate about Seed, a powerful and terrifying novel written by Ania Ahlborn. Simon and Metcalfe have been selected by Amazon Studios to adapt Seed for the screen.
“Ania’s character insight and scenic eye managed to do what few horror writers even attempt, let alone succeed at – and that is, create a fictional world we instantly recognize as our own, as true,” Simon said. “Like Stephen King and a handful of Horror masters, she knows that writing great horror fiction is like directing lightning – your pole’s gotta be grounded.”
Seed was added to the Amazon Studios development slate last year, and Ahlborn says the experience has been “nothing but awesome.” And she’s a fan of Simon and Metcalfe. “I »
The Bradford International Film Festival is typically an underground-friendly fest. This year appears to be no exception with two very special experimental film retrospectives, as well as a few modern underground-type flicks.
The 19th annual Biff will roll on April 11-21 at several locations around Bradford and Leeds in England, including the National Media Museum, Hebden Bridge Picture House, Hyde Park Picture House and other venues.
Biff is hosting a tribute to Stan Brakhage this year by screening the prolific filmmaker’s magnum opus, Dog Star Man, as well as a selection of his short films, from 1963′s legendary Mothlight to 1994′s Black Ice. There’s also going to be an epic-sized tribute/retrospective of experimental films from Austria, a country with a proud avant-garde filmmaking tradition that’s typically overlooked.
From Austria, Biff is, of course, screening two works from one of the experimental film world’s biggest masters, »
- Mike Everleth
Written by Ingmar Bergman
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Throughout his storied career, Ingmar Bergman displayed a keen interest in the psychological. However, he didn’t often broach the psychological from a horror perspective. Herr Bergman occasionally brought supernatural elements into his films, but he always stopped just short of entering the world of horror. Enter into the fray Bergman’s 1968 effort, Vargtimmen. This time Bergman has driven full on into the realm of horror. Vargtimmen is a bloody, moody, and tense nightmare from a man who is incapable of keeping his deepest fears off of the screen.
To accomplish the task of bringing his nightmares to life, Bergman has employed the formidable talents of Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann. Those two actors were quite used to working with Bergman, and in the case of Frau Ullmann, moving beyond working and into a personal relationship. »
- Bill Thompson
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