…. to our beloved Swedish Chief Inspector, Kurt Wallander.
The first film about Kurt Wallander we saw on TV, 3rd Sept 1995 and since then there has been in total 32 films.
3 Swedish actors has played the part; Rolf Lassgård (1994-2007), Krister Henriksson (2006-2007, 2009-2010, plus 2013) and Lennart Jähkel in the TV film, Talismanen. Now is it all over. Kurt will be immoderately missed, but we have 32 films to fall back on – of course I have every one of them – and BBC’s too. I’m addicted to Kurt and all of Henning’s books!!!!!
Just like his father Kurt got Alzheimer and have now resigned from Ystad’s chrime and fornesic department. The last DVD was released 24th of October – the last 6 films haven’t been shown on TV yet.
Kurt Wallander has also been adapted by BBC UK and Kenneth Branagh as the driving force to make some of Henning Mankell’s novels for British viewers in 2008 – Kenneth also played Kurt in the 9 episodes so far. The series has made a massive success and sold to networks around the world. A new series of 3 films are planned by BBC.
The following Kurt Wallander novels have been translated into English. They are listed in the order that they were originally published in Sweden – Hennings UK site – click HERE!!!!
Mördare utan ansikte, 1991 (Faceless Killers, 1997)
Hundarna i Riga,1992 (The Dogs of Riga, 2001)
Den vita lejoninnan, 1993 (The White Lioness, 1998)
Mannen som log, 1994 (The Man Who Smiled, 2005)
Villospår, 1995 (Sidetracked, 1999)
Den femte kvinnan, 1996 (The Fifth Woman, 2000)
Steget efter, 1997 (One Step Behind, 2002)
Brandvägg, 1998 (Firewall, 2002)
Pyramiden,1999 (The Pyramid, 2008)
Den orolige mannen ,2009 (The Troubled Man, 2011)
In the last film; Sorgefåglen – The Sadness Bird – this track was played as the we said goodbye to the most human, troubled, hard working and depressed cheif; The Opening. Preformed by Ane Brun & Fleshquartet. Ane is a Norwegian singer, born 1976. Fleshquartet (Swedish: Fläskkvartetten) is a Swedish band. Although they have five members, the name comes from the band consisting of an often electrical string quartet plus a percussionist.
Fleshquartet has been doing most music for the Wallander films since 2009.
Kurt is now giving all his time to his grandchildren, opera music and his dog, Jussi (named after our famous opera singer, Jussi Björling) … with his cottage just on the edge to the Baltic Sea – the perfect ending for the most exciting and human fictional character that I ever met.
Together has Henning and Kurt put the beautiful little town of Ystad on the the world map – during my first A-Z challenge I let “Y stands for Ystad”. What I understand are tourists from all over the world coming to Ystad asking for Kurt. And of course one of our purple trains is named after Kurt Wallander.
“Saying goodbye doesn’t mean anything.
It’s the time we spent together that matters,
not how we left it.”
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