‘The Hypnotist’ Screens Unfinished In Hopes Of Starting Franchise

Lasse Hallstrom’s The Hypnotist, his first Swedish film in 24 years, will be unveiled in unfinished form at the Stockholm Film Festival in November, says Variety.

The film is included in the fest’s Work In Progress section (Nov. 17-18), dedicated to screening upcoming Nordic movies that are in their final 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. “In the novel, Detective Linna investigates a grisly triple homicide where the only survivor, a young boy, is too traumatized to testify. Linna convinces a famous psychologist, against his better judgment, to hypnotize the boy, setting off a terrifying chain of events.

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.