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The Keeper of Lost Causes

Kvinden i Buret

Denmark | 2013 | 97 minutes | Mikkel Nørgaard

“Cold Case” meets Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in this electrifying first chapter in a series of adaptations from Danish crime writer Jussi Adler Olsen. Hardboiled detective Carl Mørck is assigned to a department of dead cases, only to become obsessed with the alleged suicide of a female politician.

May 22, 2014
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Nordic noir at its stealthy, sexy best. Best-selling Danish crime writer Jussi Adler-Olsen is a favorite among those who enjoyed Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy. Directed by Mikkel Nørgaard (Klown, SIFF 2012), The Keeper of Lost Causes kicks off a series of adaptations centering on hardboiled chief detective Carl Mørck. Following a shootout that left one of his partners dead and the other paralyzed, Mørck is assigned to the newly established Department Q, a repository for cold cases. The department consists only of himself and his new assistant Assad. Although they receive explicit orders to restrict themselves to filing the cases, Mørck’s stubborn nature throws them headlong into the mystery of politician Merete Lynggaard’s disappearance from a passenger ferry. The only witness is her brain-damaged brother. The case was put to rest as an apparent suicide. Unconvinced by this explanation, Mørck and Assad set off on a journey that takes them deep into the undercurrents of abuse and malice that lurk beneath the polished surface of Scandinavia.

Director Biography

Nørgaard graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 2001. Prior to film school, Nørgaard assisted on a number Danish feature films, working with, among others, directors Lone Scherfig, Lars von Trier, and Kaspar Rostrup. After graduating he worked as director on three major television series. Nørgaard's feature film debut Klown (2010)—a blockbuster at the national box office±is based on the popular television short-series "Clown" (2004-2009), which he also directed.

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Director: Mikkel Nørgaard
Principal Cast: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Fares Fares, Sonja Richter, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Søren Pilmark
Country: Denmark, Germany, Sweden
Year: 2013
Running Time: 97 minutes
Producer: Louise Vesth, Peter Aalbaek Jensen, Jonas Bagger, Madeleine Ekman, Maria Köpf
Screenplay: Nikolaj Arcel
Cinematographers: Eric Kress
Editors: Morten Egholm, Martin Schade
Music: Hans Moller
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Bodil Awards 2014, Denmark (Henning Bahs Award)
Filmography: Klown (2010)
Language: Danish
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: TrustNordisk
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