The Keeper of Lost Causes No 1 in Denmark this year – and No 3 since 2003
- Danish director Mikkel Nørgaard’s first film in the Jussi Adler-Olsen franchise takes 682,312 admissions to beat Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt as leader of the Danish charts
Danish director Mikkel Nørgaard’s The Keeper of Lost Causes [+see also:
interview: Eugenio Mira
film profile] – the first film in the franchise from Danish author Jussi Adler-Olsen’s four thrillers about deputy detective superintendent Carl Mørck and hisDepartment Q for “cases of special focus” – has since October 3 exceeded 682,312 admissions domestically to become No 1 on the 2013 charts.
Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt [+see also:
interview: Thomas Vinterberg
interview: Thomas Vinterberg
film profile], which was this year’s best-grossing Danish film untill now with 672,512 tickets sold – and which recently received the Nordic Council Film Prize – was referred to second place. The Keeper of Lost Causes is also No 3 on the Top 10 list for the last 10 years, which is led by Klown – The Movie, also directed by Nørgaard and produced by Louise Vesth, for Zentropa Entertainments (which ended with a total of 838,881).
“The Keeper of Lost Causes simply has a larger target audience,” said managing director Jan Lehmann, of Nordisk Film Biografdistribution, which also released The Hunt. “Adler-Olsen’s book has been read by a million Danes, and the screen adaption lived up to their expectations – if not, word-of-mouth would not have worked as it did.”
Meanwhile Nørgaard has started principal photography for The Absent One, the second instalment in the series also starring Nikolaj Lie Kaas as Mørck and Swedish actor Fares Fares as his side-kick Assad, with Søren Pilmark as their chief inspector, Pilou Asbæk, David Dencik and Danica Curcic. Johanne Louise Schmidt will have her screen debut as the unorthodox secretary Rose introduced in the film as the third member of the Mørck-Assad-Rose threesome.
Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg (Millennium 1: Men Who Hate Women/2009, A Royal Affair [+see also:
interview: Mikkel Boe Følsgaard
interview: Nikolaj Arcel
film profile]/2012) have scripted the thriller about the brutal murder of brother-and-sister twins in 1994, which ends on Mørck’s table 20 years later. Nordisk Film has planned the local release of the Zentropa production with Swedish regional film centre, Film i Väst, Germany’s ZDF, TV2 Danmark and TV2 Norge for October 2014.
Another Nordisk Film launch in Denmark, Danish director Nils Malmros’ Sorrow and Joy [+see also:
film profile], which was screened in the Rome International Film Festival on November 11, reached 49,484 admissions during its opening weekend, including previews. Starring Jakob Cedergren and Helle Fagralid in Malmros’ autobiographical depiction of the tragedy of his life, the Thomas Heinesen production for Nordisk opened on 113 screens.
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