Production starts on the second thriller of Daniel Alfredson’s trilogy

The second feature film in Daniel Alfredson’s ‘Intrigo’ trilogy, Intrigo: Dear Agnes, has been announced, with the film beginning principal photography this week.

The trilogy is based on a series of novels from the international best-selling Swedish writer Hakan Nesser. The books, individually entitled Death of an Author, Dear Agnes and Samaria are set in an undefined country somewhere in northern Europe, where Nesser has placed many of his stories. The three films share the same psychology and narrative structure, dealing with the problems of escape, with dark hidden secrets destined to surface – and with the concepts of guilt, revenge, and atonement. Nesser’s books have sold over 20 million copies worldwide and are translated into more than thirty languages.

The official plot for Intrigo: Dear Agnes states:

What is a human life worth? How is it possible that a woman like Agnes could agree to kill another human being? Is it the money? Or are there other forces at play? A funeral. A young widow and two adult children. Agnes is burying her much older husband and the children are his, not hers. Agnes senses that someone is watching her and glimpses a woman roughly her own age standing nearby. Within seconds, the woman is gone. They were once very close, Agnes and Henny. A friendship both rewarding and demanding, which ended in disaster. Now Henny seeks reconciliation. But Agnes seems cautious. Agnes is completely thrown by Henny’s proposal. Henny is married to David, and asks Agnes to help her murder him. She’s prepared to pay good money and also to let Agnes choose the manner in which David is to die. Agnes realizes that the past has caught up with her and that she has no choice. What really happened between Agnes and Henny in Bruges all those years ago?

Swiss actress Carla Juri and British actress Gemma Chan will star in the Intrigo: Dear Agnes. Ben Kingsley starred in the first film, Intrigo: Death of an Author.

The films will all be shot in the English language.

Shooting is to take place in Belgium, Serbia, and Slovenia. The third film in the trilogy, Intrigo: Samaria, will shoot immediately afterward. Principal photography for all three films is set to finish in September, with the theatrical release of the first film scheduled for the end of 2018.

The film has been picked up Los Angeles company Enderby Entertainment, the German The Amazing Film Company, Umedia and Silver Reel.  Fox International Productions has picked up the rights for the feature trilogy in the German-Speaking territories.


Emma Vestrheim

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.