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Global Filmmakers Flock to Toronto for Movies Set in Los Angeles and Afghanistan

Whether standing in for Sweden or serving as a backdrop for an animated film set in Afghanistan, the Canadian province is becoming a magnet for homegrown productions with international partners.

From Oscar winners such as Room and Spotlight to such tentpoles as Vin Diesel’s xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, Ontario, Canada, has been good to Hollywood. It’s no wonder then that everything from studio titles to indies are flocking to the province to take advantage of its iconic locations, tax credits and generous film subsidies.

But it’s not just Hollywood that’s invading the Great White North — more and more producers from around the world are setting up shop in Ontario. The Hollywood Reporter looks at five international projects that have made the most of what the province has to offer.

Hamilton doubles for Sweden in the Ethan Hawke thriller Stockholm

When audiences eventually see Ethan Hawke and Noomi Rapace in Stockholm, a film about Sweden’s real-life bank robbery that gave us the term “Stockholm syndrome,” they’ll behold a bank re-created in a restored train station in Hamilton, Ontario. “My first thought was, ‘How do we capture 1973 Sweden in Canada? It’s not a natural fit,’ ” Stockholm co-producer Nicholas Tabarrok tells THR.

During the infamous holdup in the Sveriges Kreditbank, two young women sided with their captors against the police when they were taken hostage. “The film is very interior-shot,” Tabarrok says. “We have this fantastic train station, Liuna Station, which no longer works but is a rental hall for events. It’s a wonderful stand-in for a bank. It’s the right era, has the right look — marble-floored open areas, double-height ceilings and skylights. The bones are gorgeous. It has weight, majesty and dignity. The additions are few: a bank counter

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