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Christoffer Boe to direct the final Department Q film by Zentropa

More details have been announced about the final Department Q film to be produced by Zentropa, with Christoffer Boe set to direct.

The films in the series, The Keeper of Lost Causes, The Absent One and A Conspiracy of Faith, all had record-busting local admissions numbers and were sold worldwide. Locally, the films had around 2.2 million admissions.

This will be the final film to be produced by Zentropa; Nordisk Film has acquired the rights to the remaining books. It is unlikely the main cast will return, however. When we spoke to Fares Fares during the release of A Conspiracy of Faith, he confirmed he was only signed on for the first four novels. Read more here.

The fourth film is called The Purity of Vengeance. While at a press conference at Cannes, Zentropa producer Louise Vesth said:

“The time has come for the great finally. It’s been a long, amazing journey that will end with a bang. We will do anything to finish this in the greatest way possible, and what could be a better way to end than with Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Fares Fares in the company of one of the most talented people in Danish film, Christoffer Boe.”

Christoffer Boe looks forward to working with The Purity of Vengeance, saying: “I look forward to delving into Carl Mørck and his mysteries. Not to break him down – but to build him up and find new ways and new expressions, within the popular. I really look forward to taking those first steps with Nikolaj Lie Kaas og Fares Fares – and the whole team behind the series, which is some of the strongest and most entertaining work, Danish film has put forth.”

But what is the story about?

Based on the book by Jussi Alder-Olsen, the film starts when a group of construction workers make a terrifying discovery in an old Copenhagen apartment: behind a fake wall in the apartment, they find three mummified corpses sitting around a dinner table with one open seat. Detective Carl Mørck and his assistant Assad in Department Q is given the task of finding out who the mummies are and for whom the fourth seat is intended.

Carl and Assad initiates the chase of the apartments owner and find clues leading back to the infamous women’s institution on Sprogø, where neglect and medicinal experiments of forced sterilization was a common part of every day life for the so-called immoral girls placed there. The horrors on Sprogø are a finished chapter of Danish history. But there are people who say that the experiments continues at the facility. Carl and Assad initiate a race with time to prevent more murders and assaults.

Christoffer Boe’s first feature film Reconstruction won the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. His other films include the thriller Everything Will Be Fine (2010) and Spies and Glistrup (2013).

The Purity of Vengeance will be scripted by Nikolaj Arcel.

TrustNordisk handles international sales.

Quotes and info: TrustNordisk press release

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.