Hans Petter Moland to replace Nikolaj Arcel on next ‘Department Q’

The Keeper of Lost Causes photo (7) by Christian Geisnaes

Hans Petter Moland, known best for In Order of Disappearance (we wrote about him last week!) will be directing the third instalment of the Department Q series, titled A Conspiracy of Faith. However, with good things comes some not so good news.

Nikolaj Arcel, best known for his work directing A Royal Affair, wrote three scripts for the Department Q series, and was due to direct the third (Mikkel Nørgaard directed the first two). However, due to a growing amount of US commitments, Moland has taken over.

Speaking of Moland, Jensen added: “I had seen his latest feature, In Order of Disappearance (Kraftidioten), and was very impressed by his direction, so we decided to sign him not only for A Conspiracy of Faith, but also for The Long Ships (Röde Orm), the Viking epic we will stage in 2016.”

Moland is known for his films starring Stellan Skarsgard such as Aberdeen (2000), A Somewhat Gentle Man (2010) and most recently In Order Of Disappearance (2014).

The Danish Film Institute has chipped in $1.1 million andEurimages $425,000 for A Conspiracy of Faith.

The thriller will star Danish actor Nikolaj Lie Kaas return as Carl Mørck, an investigator at Copenhagen Police’s Department Q for “cases of special focus”.

The cast also includes Fares Fares, Johanne Louise Schmidt and Søren Pilmark.

In A Conspiracy of Faith, Mørck receives a message in a bottle, long forgotten at a police station in the far corner of Scotland: the first word ‘Help’ is in Danish and written in blood.

It came from two young brothers, hold prisoners in a boathouse by the sea. Who are they, why were they never reported missing, and could they still be alive?

Denmark’s TrustNordisk has already sold the first three films in the Department Q series to Sundance Selects for US distribution.

The Keeper of Lost Causes will launch the new digital distribution operation of France’s Wild Bunch on March 27, covering 80% of the country’s households.

From Arcel’s script, A Conspiracy of Faith will be produced by Louise Vesth, Jonas Bagger and Peter Aalbæk Jensen, for Zentropa Entertainments.

Covering Scandinavia, Nordisk Film Distribution has scheduled the domestic release for late 2015.

TrustNordisk handles international sales.

As previously announced, Moland’s next for Zentropa isThe Long Ships, adapted from Swedish author Frans G Bengtsson’s 1943-1945 novels about the Viking called Red, named after his hair and temper.

– Screen Daily


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.