After a record year, Danish cinemas are expecting even better results in 2016
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- After the strong send-off of Thomas Vinterberg’s The Commune, the third instalment of the Jussi Adler-Olsen franchise will be released shortly
After registering 14.2 million admissions in 2015 – the second-best result at the box office since 1981, exceeded only by the results of 2012 – the chairman of the Danish Cinemas Association, Kim Pedersen, is expecting a similar performance in Denmark this year, if not an even better one.
“We just had a great send-off for Thomas Vinterberg’s Berlinale entry, The Commune [+see also:
interview: Thomas Vinterberg
film profile] – it has now exceeded 170,000 local admissions. The third instalments of both the Jussi Adler-Olsen franchise, Hans Petter Moland’s A Conspiracy of Faith [+see also:
film profile], and Birger Larsen’s Class Reunion 3: The Baptism will have audiences lining up at the box office, and we are of course excited about Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn’s new American feature, The Neon Demon [+see also:
Q&A: Nicolas Winding Refn
film profile],” said Pedersen.
“With such US releases as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, scripted by Harry Potter author JK Rowling, Steven Spielberg’s The BFG, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Pixar’s Finding Dory, and Inferno, from Dan Brown’s novel – to name a few – I am sure 2016 will end on the same level, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the results were even better,” he concluded.
Veteran Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland – who has won a total of 24 international awards for his films – is a newcomer to the Adler-Olsen universe, which has so far sold 724,000 tickets for The Keeper of Lost Causes [+see also:
interview: Eugenio Mira
film profile] (2013) and 768,000 for The Absent One [+see also:
film profile] (2014). Also starring Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Fares Fares as detective inspector Carl Mørck and his sidekick, Assad, the Louise Vesth production for Zentropa Entertainments will be released on 3 March by Nordisk Film Distribution.
“It is a film about faith, and lack of faith – about police colleagues who have never talked about what they think privately, about religion and philosophy, but suddenly, their personal opinions become important in an investigation,” said Moland. When a message in a bottle is found – a cry for help from an eight-year-old boy in captivity – Mørck and Assad discover a connection between the disappearance of two siblings in a religious community, and a man suspected of several kidnappings and murders.