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In production: Psychological thriller based on Nesser’s THE LIVING AND THE DEAD IN WINSFORD

Posted on 09/12/2021 in

In production: Håkan Nesser's The Living and the Dead in Winsford. Photo by Naomi Despres

Håkan Nesser’s 2013 novel, winner of the Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy and the Rosenkrantz Prize for Best Crime Novel of the Year, is in production as a feature film by Desmar/Artina Films, a production company with offices in London, LA and Singapore.

The psychological thriller, titled Unmoored, will feature Mirja Turestedt (Millenium, White Wall) in the leading role as Maria, alongside Thomas W. Gabrielsson (The Bridge) playing her husband, and Kris Hitchen as Mark.

Michèle Marshall wrote the screenplay and is producing together with Naomi Despres. Desmar/Artina Films acquired the film rights from Bonnier Rights in 2020. Swedish director Carolina Ingvarsson is making her feature film directorial debut with this production. Shooting began in Poland in September and moved to England this month to shoot on location near Winsford.

In THE LIVING AND THE DEAD IN WINSFORD, we meet Maria Holinek arriving one cold November night in Winsford, in the southwest of England. As far as her friends and children are concerned, she is in Morocco with her author husband, Martin, who had plans to write an explosive novel revealing the truth behind dark events in his past. But the couple never made it to their destination. Maria settles in with her dog in a remote house on the moor. She doesn’t use her real name, and why she has come to stay remains unclear. She wanders in thorns, fog and with wild horses. She has decided she is going to outlive her dog. But it soon becomes clear that Winsford isn’t quite the sanctuary she hopes it would be. But what terrible secret is Maria guarding? Where is her husband, and what really happened in Morocco thirty years ago?

And last… who is trying to find her?

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