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Based on the bestselling book by Jussi Adler-Olsen. Following a shootout that left his two partners respectively dead and paralyzed, chief detective Carl Mørck is assigned to the newly established Department Q, a department for old, terminated cases. The department consists only of himself and his new assistant Assad. Although they get explicit orders to only read and sort through the cases, only a single day passes before Carl’s stubborn nature throws them headfirst into the mystery of Merete Lynggaard’s disappearance; a well-known female politician who vanished five years ago from a passenger ferry. The only witness is her brain-damaged brother who was found on the car deck, screaming at the top of his lungs. The case was put to rest as an apparent suicide. Unconvinced by this explanation Carl and Assad venture on a journey that will take them deep into the undercurrent of abuse and malice that lurks beneath the polished surface of Scandinavia. Mikkel Nørgaard graduated from The National Film School of Denmark in 2001. Nørgaard has directed a number of major television series such as the award-winning political drama BORGEN (2010-2011) and the hugely popular sitcom CLOWN (2005-2009). His feature film debut KLOWN (2010), based on the above mentioned sitcom, became a huge box office hit in Denmark. With more than 850.000 admissions in the cinema it has become the most successful local language film in more than a decade and the highest grossing local film of all time. THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES is Mikkel Nørgaard’s second feature film. This is a story about the dark side of life, what happens if you cannot let go of the past, when it devours you from within. This is, on the surface, a story about a woman who disappeared five years ago and the man who has to find out what happened. But underneath it all, this is a story of how humans deal with the horrific things that happen throughout life, being able to move forward from that or not. This is a thriller, and it will explore what it means to be human in an old-fashioned way. It explores our fear, guilt, shame, and how to overcome them. In Denmark, the dogma wave has had a big influence on our way of telling stories, going for a realistic expression in an almost documentary style. With this film I want to gain control of the images as the most powerful tool to create a universe. I want to guide the audience through the darkness of the story and back into the light with the camera, the sound and the music. What Hitchcock would call ”pure cinema”. But I want to do this in a European way. Going for a clear cinematic Point Of View in the story-telling. This is a voyage into mankind. The film will be Larger than Life, showing the most horrifying story as a mirror of the life we all live. Mikkel Nørgaard
Nikolaj Arcel graduated from The National Film School of Denmark in 2001. Arcel has written a large number of screenplays including the adapted screenplay for the first film in the highly acclaimed Millennium-trilogy, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (2009). The script based on the bestselling book by Stieg Larsson earned him a BAFTA-nomination in 2011. His feature film A ROYAL AFFAIR, which he both wrote and directed, won the Silver Bear for best script at Berlin International Film Festival in 2012 and was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film category the same year. The book THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES by Jussi Adler-Olsen was published in 2007 and is so far followed by four books in the series about Department Q. The books have been awarded with numerous prizes and have been placed on several bestseller lists both nationally and internationally. In October 2012, Jussi Adler-Olsen received the Barry Award in the US for Best Novel of the Year and in August 2012 THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES made it to The New York Times bestseller list. The books in the series have been sold to more than 35 countries and sold in more than 8 million copies worldwide. Title
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Kvinden i Buret
Mikkel Nørgaard
Nikolaj Arcel
Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Fares Fares, Sonja Richter
Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Søren Pilmark, Troels Lyby
Louise Vesth, Peter Aalbæk Jensen
Jonas Bagger, Maria Köpf, Madeleine Ekman
Marie Gade
Zentropa Entertainments20 ApS
Morten Egholm, Martin Schade
Eric Kress
Hans Møller
97 min
HD Arri Alexa
5.1 mix
Scope 1:2:39
EUR 5m
Filmbyen 30, 2650 Hvidovre, Denmark
+45 3686 8788 Danish Film Institute
Gothersgade 55, 1123 Copenhagen K, Denmark
+45 2482 3758



Photos by Casper Sejersen Photos by Christian Geisnæs

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