The last Department Q film begins shooting

The last Department Q film, The Purity of Vengeance, has begun shooting on location in Hamburg, Germany.

The Department Q series is based on the popular crime novels by Jussi Alder-Olsen. The other three films, The Keeper of Lost Causes, The Absent Oneand A Conspiracy of Faith, have all broken box office records upon the release, so no pressure on the fourth film.

While Nordisk Film plans to continue adapting the Department Q novels into films (read about that here), this is the last one that lead actors Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Fares Fares will star in, with both actors leaving the series to pursue their growing international careers.

The Purity of Vengeance also stars up and comers Fanny Leander Bornedal and Clara Rosager, whereas one of the leading characters, the terrifying doctor Curt Wad, is to be played by Anders Hove (old Curt Wad) and Elliott Crosset Hove (young Curt Wad). Elliott Crosset Hove is a rising star of international proportions – his latest film being Winter Brothers.

Christoffer Boe is directing the final film. The Danish release date will be the 4th of October 2018.

The synopsis for the final film is:

In an older apartment in Copenhagen, some craftsmen make a scary discovery: behind a fake wall they find three mummified bodies sitting around a dining table with a free space ready.

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 sterilization 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.

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.