On the surface it is a move that feels like a remarkable departure - Mikkel Norgaard, best known as the director of outrageous Danish comedy Klown
being handed the reins to a major new series of Danish crime novel adaptations with upcoming effort The Keeper Of Lost Causes
. Based on the writing of Jussi Adler-Olsen this is very much meant to be the first in a new series and it's safe to say that no fingers will be inserted into anuses for laughs here, which makes Norgaard's selection as director somewhat surprising to some. But look deeper into Norgaard's filmography - particularly the multiple episodes of hit political drama Borgen
he has helmed - and the decision makes considerably more sense.
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
beautiful female politician who vanished five years ago from a passenger
ferry, the only witness 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.
Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Fares Fares anchor the cast of the film, which has just released its first teaser and poster art. Check the teaser below.
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