by Daniel Alfredson
Germany, Sweden, United States, 2019, 103’, color, DCP

Daniel Alfredson
Birgitta Bongenhielm 
based on Ormblomman från Samaria
by Håkan Nesser
Pawel Edelman
Håkan Karlsson
Anders Niska
Klas Wahl
Ken Skoglund
Nenad Vukadinovic
production design
Miljen Kreka Kljakovic
Momirka Bailovic

Millie Brady [Vera]
Jeff Fahey [Jacob]
Phoebe Fox [Paula]
Andrew Buchan [Henry]
Luka Peros [Cliente]
Dan Cade [John] 
Joe Hurst [Pieter Vogel]
Tracy Wiles [Monica Kall]

Rick Dugdale
Thomas Peter Friedl
Uwe Schott
Enderby Entertainment
The Amazing Film Company
Seine Pictures

world sales

Nineteen-year-old Vera Kall cycles home through the night. She arrives at a farm, leaves her bike and sneaks quietly in through the door. She enters the kitchen and doesn’t even have time to notice that she’s not alone. The sudden blow is heavy and knocks Vera headlong onto the kitchen floor where she is left lying. Henry is a successful copywriter in Antwerp. One day he is approached by Paula, a documentary filmmaker. Ten years earlier, she was Vera’s classmate. Now she plans to make a film about Vera and wants Henry to become involved as he was their teacher back then in the city of Münster. Despite his plea of innocence Jakob Kall sits imprisoned for the murder of his daughter. This tragic and brutal story brings Paula and Henry together as they search for the truth behind what really happened, and why Vera's body was never found. Both Henry and Paula carry well-hidden secrets which are slowly and inexorably forced out into the open. But the big question remains; is the man incarcerated in the maximum-security section of Bittinger prison really Vera’s killer?

"It’s been a dream for quite a while to do something based upon the writing of Swedish author Håkan Nesser. My co-writer, Ditta Bongenhielm, found these short stories and we got the blessing of Håkan to see what we could accomplish. At a very early stage I got the idea of doing a trilogy, or rather an anthology. To do three stories set in this same world created by Håkan Nesser. Not because they share the same main characters, because they don’t, but because they deal with the same issues and all three of them deal with time as an important part of the story. It became the Intrigo project.
Together with the producer, Rick Dugdale, we scouted Europe to find Maardam. And we did! Together with the DOP, Pawel Edelman, I believe we found the essence of what is between the lines in these short stories, the soul of Maardam where a fantastic cast made it complete. It was a tough journey in many ways but filming back to back also made it possible to engage the whole crew in the project in a way that probably wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. By doing this we managed to create the feeling I believe you get when you read Håkan’s novels. You step in to a well-known world, yet special and totally unique." [Daniel Alfredson]

Daniel Alfredson (Stockholm, 1959) is the director of the two parts of the Millennium TrilogyThe Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest. Was awarded Best Screenplay and nominated for Best Director at the 29th Annual Guldbagge Awards for his film The Man on the Balcony. His most recent films include Kidnapping Freddy Heineken starring Anthony Hopkins and Sam Worthington and Go with Me starring Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles, Ray Liotta and Alexander Ludwig. Daniel is the older brother of Tomas Alfredson and the son of Hasse Alfredson. 

2019 Intrigo: Dear Agnes 
2019 Intrigo: Samara
2018 Intrigo: Death of an Author
2015 Go with Me
2015 Kidnapping Mr. Heineken
2013 Skumtimmen
[Echoes from the Dead]
2009 Luftslottet som sprängdes
[The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest]
2009 Flickan som lekte med elden
[The Girl Who Played with Fire]
2008 Varg [Wolf]
2001 Syndare i sommarsol
2000 10:10 [short]
1999 Straydogs
1998 Rymd [short]
1997 Tic Tac
1993 Mannen på balkongen
[The Man on the Balcony]
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07/12/2019 h 22:00Villa Olmo
presented by Daniel Alfredson e Håkan Nesser

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