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Copenhagen Film Fund boards The Bridge III and Wallander

Denmark’s new Copenhagen Film Fund has kicked off by participating in The Bridge III, the third season of the Danish-Swedish television series. On top of that, they’ll be helping out with the final episodes of the UK’s BBC series, which stars Kenneth Branagh as Wallander.

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The Bridge has so far sold to more than 150 countries, and there have already been American/Mexican and French/English remakes,” said Thomas Gammeltoft, managing director of the Copenhagen Film Fund. “The new season will be more Danish than ever, with a larger crew from the country; it is expected to premiere simultaneously in the five Nordic countries in late 2015.”

Starring Swedish actress Sofia Helin, but no longer her Danish sidekick, Kim Bodnia, The Bridge III will be scripted by the original team, with Hans Rosenfeldt as lead writer, and directed by Sweden’s Henrik Georgsson and Denmark’s Rumle Hammerich. Sweden’sFilmlance International will produce, with Denmark’s Nimbus Film, Swedish regional film centre Film i Skåne, Norway’s NRK, Germany’s ZDF and France’s Lumière.

The Copenhagen Film Fund has also entered the final three episodes of the BBC’sWallander, produced by Sweden’s Yellow Bird and the UK’s Left Bank Pictures. Two episodes will be shot in Ystad and Copenhagen, including The Troubled Man – the third,The White Lioness, will be filmed next year in South Africa, all scripted by the UK’s Peter Harness and directed by Ben Caron.

Shooting this month (October), The Troubled Man is set in Copenhagen. “We are proud to welcome Branagh, and proud that Copenhagen is prominently featured, but also that the production design, visual effects and stunt coordination are in Danish hands,” concluded Gammeltoft, who is heading the new fund after it was set up in June last year by the municipality of Copenhagen, the Capital Region and eight local municipalities.

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.