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Stieg Larsson's Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series to be revived under new author

The successful trilogy will be continued by writer David Lagercrantz

Swedish cinemas to stamp out sexism with Bechdel test rating on movies

Films will be graded on whether on not they contain two female characters who speak about something other than a man

Film festival of the week: Edinburgh International Film Festival, Various venues, Edinburgh

After the stumbles of 2011, Edinburgh’s Film Festival is finding its feet again under artistic director Chris Fujiwara. US indies get a strong showing from Drake Doremus’s Breathe In, Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha, Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color and Zal Batmanglij’s hot-topic eco-thriller, The East.

Shady guy: Sixto Rodriguez is the subject of 'Searching for Sugar Man'

Searching for Sugar Man (12A)

Strange story of a rocker's return hits the sweet spot

Gemma Ray covers cult duo Sparks

Atmospheric rock'n'roll songstress Gemma Ray has always done things differently – she plays guitar, for instance, with an eight-inch carving knife. So it's no surprise that her new single, a cover of a couple of tunes by the cult duo Sparks, is a little strange: it has ended up as Sparks covering Gemma Ray covering Sparks.

Gunnar Fischer : Bergman cinematographer best known for ‘The Seventh Seal’ and ‘Wild Strawberries’

Gunnar Fischer was the great cinematographer of Ingmar Bergman's early period, shooting 12 of his films in as many years and matching his move from the neo-realist Port of Call through the expressionist The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries to the theatrical The Devil's Eye.

Let Me In (15)

Readers review this week's big film

Due Date, Todd Phillips, 96 mins (15)<br/>Let Me In, Matt Reeves, 116 mins (15)

Listen buddy, what do you mean this road movie is just an old re-tread?

Mammoth (15)

Starring: Gael Garc&#237;a Bernal, Michelle Williams

The Ape (NC)

The week's other Swedish movie is a disconcerting study in evasiveness. A man named Krister (Olle Sarri) wakes up on his bathroom floor covered in blood, and, willing himself not to investigate, goes to work: he's a driving instructor, though his volatile temper suggests you wouldn't want to be in a car with him.

Invasion of the Swedes: A cultural incursion from the north

They revolutionised British design though Ikea; gave us fast fashion at H&M and, of course, we thanked them for the music of Abba. Now the Swedes are taking over in the world of British page and screen.

Album: Sparks, The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman, (Lil Beethoven Records)

The 22nd album by Sparks – never ones to do things the easy way – is a biopic in opera form of a legendary Swedish art-house director, with a cast of actor-singers augmenting Russell Mael’s vocals, and a complete orchestra backing Ron’s luxurious pianos. It’s a genre and format to which the brothers, whose work is so often described as “operatic”, are immaculately suited.

Album: Sparks, The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman (Lil' Beethoven)

Commissioned by Swedish National Public Radio to devise an original radio musical with Swedish language content, Sparks siblings Ron and Russell Mael have significantly transcended their brief with The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman, which has a resonance that goes some way beyond its parochial origins.

Ingmar Bergman: Dangerous liaisons

Geoffrey Macnab describes how his new book on the film director led him to discover the intense and volatile relationships the director had with his actresses
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