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Whether or not you've heard of the Department Q trilogy, the series of crime books -- written by Danish author Jussi Adler-Olsen -- have been huge bestsellers worldwide, and their respective film adaptations have caught fire at the box office in their native country. Now, the adaptations are coming to North American audiences courtesy of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, and HitFix is happy to debut the trailer and official one-sheets for the upcoming trilogy that is giving us serious Girl with the Dragon Tattoo vibes. The Department Q trilogy focuses on Copenhangen homicide detective Carl Mørck (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) who is banished to run the department's cold case division following a tragic incident that results in the deaths of two of his fellow officers. With the assistance of his colleague Assad (Fares Fares), he digs in and begins investigating the unsolved disappearance of a liberal politician who was presumed dead »
- Chris Eggertsen
Grim treats, mining suspense and urgency from intensely plotted dual timelines of brutal criminality. A must for fans of rumpled, cynical, bitter detectives. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
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What’s the biggest movie — by a long shot — in Denmark at the moment? It’s not Zootopia or Batman v Superman. It’s A Conspiracy of Faith, the third in the series based on Jussi Adler-Olsen’s internationally bestselling Department Q crime novels… and that’s in its sixth week of release. Danish moviegoers love brooding, tenacious Copenhagen cop Carl Mørck so much that they made the first two films,The Keeper of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret) and The Absent One (Fasandraeberne), among the biggest hits the country’s film industry has ever seen.
I finally caught »
- MaryAnn Johanson
An unlikely detective duo delve into a double murder, and crime film cliche territory, in the second part of this Danish thriller trilogy
This well-oiled Danish thriller is another delve into the files of Department Q, a literary franchise launched on the big screen in 2013’s The Keeper of Lost Causes. The follow-up was a hit in its homeland, and it’s easy to see why: The Absent One is the sort of page-turning mystery we’re used to from Scandinavia, with a carefully structured plot that littered with clues and revelations to keep us enthralled. The story focuses on an unlikely detective duo (the irritable Nikolaj Lie Kaas and the amiable Fares Fares) as they uncover a cold case about a double murder and a witness who might be in danger. An awful number of cliches are being ticked off here (the Fincher-esque lighting, the dogged and socially »
- Benjamin Lee
The Absent One, 2014.
Directed by Mikkel Norgaard.
Since its first, spectacular success, the reputation of the cold case section of the Copenhagen police department has taken a nose dive – until its lead detective, Carl Morck, is approached by a former cop about the murder of his twin children. The case is 20 years old, the murderer was caught and convicted long ago. Except that Morck and fellow detective, Assad, feel there’s something suspiciously neat about the way the case was sewn up. They set about tracking down the remaining witness, following increasingly murky trail that leads to an elite boarding school and some powerful figures, in business and also in the police department itself.
While BBC Four plays fast and loose with its usual Saturday night Scandi noir slot, filling it with an economic thriller, »
- Freda Cooper
The Swedish Film Institute has revealed the 29 projects to receive support in its latest round of funding.
The projects backed by the Swedish Film Institute in the past three months are listed below, in descending order of amount granted:
Full list of backed projects:
The Nile Hilton Incident, wr/dir Tarik Saleh, prod Kristina Aberg. Thriller inspired by the true story of a Lebanese reality TV show winner who is murdered at a hotel in Dubai. Fares Fares stars. Sfi funding granted $1.3m (11m Sek)
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Hans Petter Moland’s thriller “A Conspiracy of Faith” has broken a 15-year record at the Danish box office, grossing an estimated $1.7 million from 154,342 tickets since opening March 3. Taking the previews into account, the movie has sold 207,669 tickets.
Based on Jussi Adler Olsen’s bestseller and penned by Nikolaj Arcel (“A Royal Affair”), “Conspiracy of Faith” is the third film of the hit trilogy also comprising “The Keeper of Lost Causes” and “The Absent One.”
The third opus follows detective Carl Mørck and his assistant, Assad, as they get pulled into a horrific case involving a psychopathic murderer, religious fanaticism and abducted siblings never reported missing by their parents.
TrustNordisk has already sold the movie in more than 60 countries including North America (IFC Films), Germany and Austria (Nfp), Switzerland (Frenetic Films), Benelux (Lumiere), France (Wild Bunch Distribution), Spain (Vertigo Films), Turkey (Medyavizyon), Estonia (Estin Film), Poland (Kino Swiat) and Russia »
- Elsa Keslassy
As if new films from the Coens and Jeff Nichols weren’t enough, the 2016 Berlin Film Festival has further expanded their line-up, adding some of our most-anticipated films of the year. Mia Hansen-Løve, following up her incredible, sadly overlooked drama Eden, will premiere the Isabelle Huppert-led Things to Come, while Thomas Vinterberg, Lav Diaz, André Téchiné, and many more will stop by with their new features. Check out the new additions below, followed by some previously announced films, notably John Michael McDonagh‘s War on Everyone.
Cartas da guerra (Letters from War)
By Ivo M. Ferreira (Na Escama do Dragão)
Ejhdeha Vared Mishavad! (A Dragon Arrives!)
With Amir Jadidi, Homayoun Ghanizadeh, Ehsan Goudarzi, Kiana Tajammol
Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea) – documentary
Italy / France
- Jordan Raup
London — The Berlin Film Festival has added another nine titles to its competition lineup, including Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Commune,” Danis Tanovic’s “Death in Sarajevo,” Andre Techine’s “Being 17” and Mia Hansen-Love’s “Things to Come.”
Danish helmer Vinterberg is best known for “The Celebration,” which was BAFTA and Golden Globes nominated, and won Cannes’ Jury Prize, and “The Hunt,” which picked up nominations at the Globes, BAFTAs and Oscars.
“The Commune,” whose ensemble cast is lead by Trine Dyrholm and Ulrich Thomsen, centers on the clash between personal desires, solidarity and tolerance in a commune in the 70s. TrustNordisk is handling international sales.
Bosnian director Tanovic is best known for “No Man’s Land,” which won best screenplay at Cannes, and a Golden Globe and an Oscar for best foreign-language film. “Death in Sarajevo,” which is being sold by The Match Factory, is based on a play, “Hotel Europe, »
- Leo Barraclough
Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 11-21) has added nine titles to its Competition line-up, bringing the current total to 14 (the full Competition programme will be announced soon, according to the fest).
The new additions include The Commune, marking the first time Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt, Far From The Madding Crowd) has been in Competition at Berlin since Submarino in 2010. The film centres on a Danish commune in the 1970s and will be released in Denmark this weekend (Jan 14).
French director Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden) has been selected with her drama Things to Come, starring Isabelle Huppert as a woman embarking on a new life after her husband leaves her for another woman. The film will world premiere at Berlin.
Another world premiere will be documentary Fire at Sea, capturing life on »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
With a career resurgence following his 2012 The Hunt (earning Mads Mikkelsen a Best Actor Award at Cannes as well as snagging an Oscar nod for Best Foreign Language Film), Dogme Godfather Thomas Vinterberg mounted a handsome adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd, which enjoyed decent critical reception following a release from Fox Searchlight. His latest, The Commune, co-written by director Tobias Lindholm (whose excellent new feature, A War was Denmark’s official Oscar entry this year), follows a 1970s academic couple who join a commune in Hellrup with their daughter. But things get interesting when the patriarch’s girlfriend also moves in. Though this sounds an awful lot like Swedish auteur Lukas Moodysson’s 2000 feature Together, we’re excited to see Vinterberg’s return with Lindholm (who also scripted Submarino and The Hunt) in a film »
- Nicholas Bell
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