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Henning Mankell's 'Wallander'

Henning Mankell's 'Wallander'

About the Film

Based on original stories from "The Godfather of Swedish Crime" Henning Mankell, Wallander follows the titular chief inspector Kurt Wallander (Krister Henriksson) as he investigates crimes and solves mysteries in the deceptively dark underbelly of picturesque modern Sweden. 


The Wallander series (Series 2) consists of a total of thirteen 90 minute episodes, including “The Revenge”, “The Guilt”, “The Courier” and “The Thief”.  Now Available on DVD and VOD.

Director: Various
Release Date: 05/29/12

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"One of the year's best and most provocative thrillers... It's another in a series of first-rate crime dramas from Scandinavia." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Cast & Crew

Cast

Episode One: "The Revenge"

Director: Charlotte Brandstrom

Kurt Wallander: Krister Henriksson
Katarina Ahlsell: Lena Endre
Svartman: Fredrik Gunnarsson
Nyberg: Mats Bergman
Karin: Stina Ekblad
Ebba: Marianna Morck
Martinsson: Douglas Johansson
Forsvarsminstern: Anna Ulrika Ericsson

Episode Two: "The Guilt"

Director: Leif Magnusson

Kurt Wallander: Krister Henriksson
Katarina Ahlsell: Lena Endre
Isabelle: Nina Zanjani
Svartman: Fredrik Gunnarsson
Nyberg: Mats Bergman
Karin: Stina Ekblad
Ebba: Marianna Morck
Martinsson: Douglas Johansson

Episode Three: "The Courier"

Director: Leif Magnusson

Kurt Wallander: Krister Henriksson
Katarina Ahlsell: Lena Endre
Pontus: Sverrir Gudnason
Svartman: Fredrik Gunnarsson
Nyberg: Mats Bergman
Karin: Stina Ekblad
Ebba: Marianna Morck
Martinsson: Douglas Johansson
Jovan: Dragomir Mrsic
Mats: Tomas Kohler

Episode Four: "The Thief"

Director: Stephan Apelgren

Kurt Wallander: Krister Henriksson
Katarina Ahlsell: Lena Endre
Pontus: Sverrir Gudnason
Svartman: Fredrik Gunnarsson
Nyberg: Mats Bergman
Karin: Stina Ekblad
Ebba: Marianna Morck
Martinsson: Douglas Johansson
Olle: Jacob Ericksson
Ralf: Shanti Roney

Episode Five: "The Cellist"

Director: Stephan Apelgren

Kurt Wallander: Krister Henriksson
Katarina Ahlsell: Lena Endre
Pontus: Sverrir Gudnason
Svartman: Fredrik Gunnarsson
Isabelle: Nina Zanjani
Nyberg: Mats Bergman
Karin: Stina Ekblad
Ebba: Marianna Morck
Martinsson: Douglas Johansson
Irina: Sandra Stojiljkovic
Jens Riis: Magnus Roosmann

Episode Six: "The Priest"

Director: Henrik Georgsson

Kurt Wallander: Krister Henriksson
Katarina Ahlsell: Lena Endre
Isabelle: Nina Zanjani
Pontus: Sverrir Gudnasson
Svartman: Fredrik Gunnarsson
Nyberg: Mats Bergman
Karin: Stina Ekblad
Ebba: Marianna Morck
Martinsson: Douglas Johansson
Peter Unell: Tobias Aspelin
Lotta Unell: Lena Carlsson

Episode Seven: "The Leak"

Director: Henrik Georgsson

Kurt Wallander: Krister Henriksson
Katarina Ahlsell: Lena Endre
Isabelle: Nina Zanjani
Pontus: Sverrir Gudnasson
Svartman: Fredrik Gunnarsson
Nyberg: Mats Bergman
Karin: Stina Ekblad
Ebba: Marianna Morck
Martinsson: Douglas Johansson
Sven Adelgren: Michael Segerstrom
Mette Adelgren: Ulrika Nilsson

Episode Eight: "The Sniper"

Director: Agneta Fagerström-Olsson

Kurt Wallander: Krister Henriksson
Katarina Ahlsell: Lena Endre
Isabelle: Nina Zanjani
Pontus: Sverrir Gudnasson
Svartman: Fredrik Gunnarsson
Nyberg: Mats Bergman
Karin: Stina Ekblad
Ebba: Marianna Morck
Martinsson: Douglas Johansson
Robert: Stefan Sauk
Hector Ussi: Tom Ljungman

Episode Nine: "The Angel of Death"

Director: Agneta Fagerström-Olsson

Kurt Wallander: Krister Henriksson
Katarina Ahlsell: Lena Endre
Isabelle: Nina Zanjani
Pontus: Sverrir Gudnasson
Svartman: Fredrik Gunnarsson
Nyberg: Mats Bergman
Ebba: Marianna Morck
Martinsson: Douglas Johansson
Bodil Jensen: Lia Boysen
Miranda Dahno: Nour El-Refai

 Episode Ten: "The Ghost"

Director: Mikael Marcimain

Kurt Wallander: Krister Henriksson
Katarina Ahlsell: Lena Endre
Isabelle: Nina Zanjani
Pontus: Sverrir Gudnasson
Svartman: Fredrik Gunnarsson
Nyberg: Mats Bergman
Karin: Stina Ekblad
Martinsson: Douglas Johansson
Lars: Dejan Cukic
Kim Kristensen: Iben Hjejle

 

Episode Eleven: "The Heritage"

Director: Mikael Marcimain

Kurt Wallander: Krister Henriksson
Katarina Ahlsell: Lena Endre
Isabelle: Nina Zanjani
Pontus: Sverrir Gudnasson
Svartman: Fredrik Gunnarsson
Nyberg: Mats Bergman
Martinsson: Douglas Johansson
Claire: Annika Halliin
Beactrice: Ruth Vega Fernandez
Walfrid Torstensson: Bjorn Andersson

Episode Twelve: "The Collector"

Director: Kathrine Windfeld

Kurt Wallander: Krister Henriksson
Katarina Ahlsell: Lena Endre
Isabelle: Nina Zanjani
Pontus: Sverrir Gudnasson
Svartman: Fredrik Gunnarsson
Nyberg: Mats Bergman
Karin: Stina Ekblad
Martinsson: Douglas Johansson
Leo: David Dencik
Fabian: Fredrik Hiller

Episode Thirteen: "The Witness"

Director: Kathrine Windfeld

Kurt Wallander: Krister Henriksson
Katarina Ahlsell: Lena Endre
Svartman: Fredrik Gunnarsson
Nyberg: Mats Bergman
Ebba: Marianna Morck
Martinsson: Douglas Johansson
Zoran: Thomas Hanzon
Maja: Lisa Werlinder
Vyautas: Georgi Staykov

 

Technical Info

Production Year: 2009
Release Date: 05/29/12
Countries of Production: Sweden
Languages: Swedish
Running Time: 19h 30m
Screen Ratio: 16:9
Color: Color
Rating: Unrated

News & Press



With a Job Like His, You’d Brood Too

Foreground, Krister Henriksson as a detective in the film “Wallander: The Revenge.”

By MIKE HALE
Published: May 25, 2012

FOURTEEN years before Lisbeth Salander tortured her legal guardian, and 16 years before Sarah Lund began badgering her superiors in the Copenhagen police department, Kurt Wallander ran over a rabbit.

“It struck the left front wheel with a soft thud,” Henning Mankell wrote in “Faceless Killers,” the 1991 novel that introduced Wallander, a police detective in the windswept precincts of southernmost Sweden. “He didn’t stop to check whether the hare was still alive.”

“What’s wrong with me? he thought.”

Over the course of 10 novels and various novellas and stories, Mr. Mankell sketched out what was wrong with Wallander — misanthropy, despair, thoughtlessness, bad eating habits — and created the prototype of the brooding detective that has become the most popular Scandinavian import in the English-speaking world since Ikea.

Relatively recent arrivals like Salander, the heroine of Stieg Larsson’s massively popular Millennium novels and their Swedish and American film adaptations, and Lund, protagonist of the hit Danish television series “Forbrydelsen” (remade in America as “The Killing”), have eclipsed Mr. Mankell’s dyspeptic detective in British and American popular culture, in part because of their on-screen success.

But Wallander actually has the largest cinematic résumé of any of these Nordic snoops: he’s the central character in more than 40 feature-length works made over the last two decades, mostly for television. Many of them are available in the United States on DVD or streaming video; a new batch arrives on Tuesday with the release of the DVD set “Henning Mankell’s Wallander” (Music Box, 7 discs, $74.95).

The top cop of Ystad, an actual town in rural Skane County, Sweden, Wallander is best known to American audiences in the intense, compact form of Kenneth Branagh, who plays him in the BBC and PBS series “Wallander.” (A third three-episode season of that series begins Sept. 9 on “Masterpiece Mystery!”)

His most longstanding interpreter, however, is the Swedish actor Krister Henriksson, whose more phlegmatic, workaday version of the detective has figured in 26 episodes of a Swedish TV series also called “Wallander.” It’s the second season of that show, which began in 2009, that is now being released on DVD here. (One of the episodes, “Henning Mankell’s Wallander: The Revenge,” is also being released in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Friday.)

And completists will want to note that there is a third Wallander, Rolf Lassgard, who played the character in nine Swedish theatrical films released from 1994 to 2007 (overlapping slightly with the Swedish TV series). Some of these can be found on DVD, and one, “One Step Behind,” is available from Amazon Instant Video.

The new DVD set allows for a comparison of the Wallanders of Mr. Branagh and Mr. Henriksson — not fire and ice, exactly, but more along the lines of cheap vodka and iced coffee. The British series has taken Mr. Mankell’s irritable character and pushed him to new depths of dour angst and desperation. In Season 2 of the Swedish series, by comparison, Mr. Henriksson’s Wallander is a crotchety but not entirely unhappy burgher, newly ensconced in a tidy house with a view of the sea.

Some of this difference may be traceable to the show’s sources. The nine episodes of the BBC “Wallander” have been direct adaptations of the Mankell novels. The bulk of the Swedish series, including all the episodes of the second season, consists of original stories scripted by a variety of Swedish writers. “The Revenge” is the work of Hans Rosenfeldt, lead writer on another highly regarded Scandinavian crime series, “The Bridge.”

Having moved away from the books, the writers and producers have not only softened some of Wallander’s rough edges but also toned down the grisliness of the novels, with their battered elderly farmers and self-immolating teenage girls. There’s also less of a sense of the “ponderous philosophizing” (in the words Marilyn Stasio, a crime-fiction critic for The New York Times Book Review) that can mar Mr. Mankell’s writing.

Fans of the original might find Mr. Henriksson’s Wallander on the mild side compared with Mr. Branagh’s twitchy head case, which plays to the aspects of the character that have been most influential in the overall Scandinavian crime boom. But the Swedish series captures another important side of Wallander — the harried middle manager, contemptuous of a new generation’s poor work ethic — that’s largely ignored by the psychology-heavy British show.

In this regard, the BBC-PBS “Wallander” displays a tendency shared by AMC’s “Killing”: an emphasis on what might be considered stereotypically “Scandinavian” attributes like starkness, silence, darkness and angst that goes far beyond the actual Scandinavian productions. The Swedish “Wallander” is marked most strongly by its resemblance to an earlier generation of well-made, comfortably formulaic British detective shows like “Inspector Morse.” Perhaps that’s not surprising, since Mr. Mankell has cited Arthur Conan Doyle and John Le Carré among his own influences.

The biggest departure in the early episodes of the new DVD set — and one that’s likely to be controversial with fans of Mr. Mankell’s gloomy original character — is the introduction of a potential love interest, an apparently normal and wholesome prosecutor played by Lena Endre. (Ms. Endre also appears in the Swedish adaptations of the Millennium novels, as the publisher Erika Berger.) Only the Swedes could provide the most un-Scandinavian twist of all: a happy Kurt Wallander.

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"One of the year's best and most provocative thrillers... It's another in a series of first-rate crime dramas from Scandinavia." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Detailed Film Info

Based on original stories from "The Godfather of Swedish Crime" Henning Mankell, Wallander follows the titular chief inspector Kurt Wallander (Krister Henriksson) as he investigates crimes and solves mysteries in the deceptively dark underbelly of picturesque modern Sweden.  


The Wallander series (Series 2) consists of a total of thirteen 90 minute episodes, including “The Revenge”, “The Guilt”, “The Courier” and “The Thief”.  Now Available on DVD and VOD.

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