News2019.08.27 09:28

Netflix picks Vilnius to shoot new Sweden-set crime series

Ignas Jačauskas, BNS 2019.08.27 09:28

‘Young Wallander’, a new Netflix Original series based on Henning Mankell's best-selling Kurt Wallander novels, starts shooting in Vilnius. Some of the key scenes are to be filmed the Soviet-era Šeškinė neighbourhood.

The series is set in contemporary Sweden, according to Monika Dapkutė-Sinkevičienė of the production services company Ahil.

Vilnius was chosen for its wide variety of urban and natural backdrops as well as its reputation as a film-friendly city, the company has told BNS.

“Vilnius has already built a strong reputation as a film-friendly city and with its exceptional locations and local crews, it became an obvious choice for ‘Young Wallander’,” the company said.

“With huge cinematic potential, and a diversity of settings and landscapes, it acts as the perfect backdrop for our Swedish-set narrative.”

The Lithuanian capital offers “an abundance of compelling locations, from moody and dark alleys and disused prisons to shining trendy restaurants.

“It provides the wide-ranging look and feel we were after,” the company said in its response to BNS.

Netflix previously filmed ‘Last Czars’, a mini-series about the Romanov dynasty, and the historical drama ‘Tokyo Trial’ in Vilnius.

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