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The Department Q film ‘The Purity of Vengeance’ has set a new opening record

The last instalment of the Department Q franchise, The Purity of Vengeance has broken a new record and become the best-selling domestic film ever.

The film has had 215,052 admissions during its opening weekend in Denmark.

Directed by Christoffer Boe, the film continues the story of chief detective Carl Mørck and assistant Assad. The story starts when two craftsmen discover that behind a fake wall there are three mummified bodies sitting around a dining table with a free space. Carl Mørck and Assad from Department Q now have to find out who the mummies are and for whom the fourth place is intended. They soon discover that the previous inhabitants of the apartment trace back to an infamous women’s hospital at Sprogø island, where attempts at forced sterilisation were a regular part of the daily lives of the women who were brought to the hospital. The horror at the hospital is an overdue chapter in the history of Denmark, but there are people who say that the experiments are still up in our time. Carl and Assad start a race with time to prevent new murders and assaults.

The Purity of Vengeance is based on the fourth book in Jussi Alder-Olsen’s Department Q book series. The script was written by Bo Erhard Hansen (The Art of Crying), Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) and Mikkel Nørgaard (The Keeper of Lost Causes, The Absent One). The film stars Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Fares Fares.

The Danish reviews have praised the film as being the best in the series.

The Purity of Vengeance is screening at some international film festivals, and a major release date for abroad is yet to be announced.

You can watch the trailer below.

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.