Svensk sells ‘Scandinavian James Bond’ at AFM; Hypnotist goes to StudioCanal in UK.

Svensk Filmindustri has closed AFM deals on Kathrine Windfeld’s Agent Hamilton thriller In the Interest Of the Nation, dubbed the Scandinavian James Bond, and more deals on Lasse Hallstrom’s anticipated The Hypnotist, both starring in-demand Danish actor Mikael Persbrandt.

Interest deals have closed with Germany (ZDF), Benelux (Lumiere) and South Korea (Sonomu Pictures) while The Hypnotist has sold to the UK (StudioCanal), Korea (Keowon), Eastern Europe (EAP), Argentina (Alfa Films) and Israel (Lev Films).

Mikael Persbrandt, who trained with US Navy seals for the Agent Hamilton role, plays Count Carl Gustaf Gilbert Hamilton, aka Coq Rouge or Trident - in the $16m English language action-thriller currently in post-production.

The first in a trilogy of Jan Guillou adaptations from Swedish producers Pampas Productions follows agent Hamilton as he investigates a smuggling operation. Pernilla August co-stars.

Persbrandt also stars in well-sold crime-thriller The Hypnotist about a psychiatrist who uses hypnosis to help work out who murdered a young boy’s parents. Shooting gets underway in January. Svensk has also been introducing AFM buyers to follow up The Paganini Contract.

Svensk, the sellers behind TV series Wallander, are also shopping new high-end, period crime TV series Anno 1790.