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'Swedish mafia' makes headway in Hollywood
The movie industry is importing tons of talent (Noomi Rapace, Daniel Espinosa and Tommy Wirkola) and properties (Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy, 'Snabba Cash,' 'Let the Right One In') from Sweden.
November 02, 2010|By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
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During the Toronto International Film Festival, a Hollywood manager, an up-and-coming director and some executives from the Weinstein Co. had gathered for dinner at the city's Windsor Arms Hotel. It appeared to be a typical movie-business gathering — except that most of the people at the table were speaking with Swedish accents.
The diners were celebrating Weinstein's upcoming U.S. release of "Snabba Cash," a Swedish crime drama that created a sensation among American distributors when it premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this year. The movie is the latest in a wave of commercially minded Scandinavian films suddenly washing into the U.S., including the adaptation series of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy — "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," "The Girl Who Played With Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" — the cult-hit vampire movie "Let the Right One In" and next year's monster mockumentary "The Troll Hunter."