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Production on A Conspiracy of Faith, the third in the Danish “Department Q” film series, is gearing up to begin shooting in May, this time with a Norwegian director.

The Keeper of Lost Causes
The Keeper of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret). Photo: Christian Geisnaes

Film production company Zentropa has tapped the multiple award-winning Norwegian director, Hans Petter Moland (In Order of Disappearance, A Somewhat Gentle Man), to direct A Conspiracy of Faith (Flaskepost fra P), the third in the film series adapted from the “Department Q” crime novels by Danish author Jussi Adler-Olsen.

Moland takes over for BAFTA Film and César Awards nominee Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair, King’s Game), the Danish writer/director who penned the scripts for all three “Department Q” films and was slated to direct A Conspiracy of Faith, but can’t due to projects in the US.

The first two films — The Keeper of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret) and The Absent One (Fasandræberne) — were directed by Robert Festival award winner Mikkel Nørgaard (also Danish) and topped Denmark’s box office in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

The Absent One
The Absent One. Photo by Christian Geisnaes

In A Conspiracy of Faith, Danish actor and Berlin International Film Festival award winner, Nikolaj Lie Kaas (The Killing, The Whistleblower), reprises his role as Carl Mørck, a dyspeptic former homicide detective relegated to cold-case work in Department Q of the Copenhagen Police.

Also returning to the film franchise are Robert Festival award winner Fares Fares (Zero Dark Thirty, Maria Wern) as Mørck’s sidekick Assad, Oscar© nominee Søren Pilmark (1864, The Heavy Water War) as their boss Marcus Jacobsen, and Johanne Louise Schmidt as their assistant Rose Knudsen.

The latest cold case concerns “a long-forgotten message in a bottle at a police station in the far reaches of Scotland: the first word, ‘Help,’ is in Danish and written in blood.” Mørck and his team learn that two brothers, held prisoner in a boathouse by the sea, had sent it. But who are they? Why did no one report them missing? And are they still alive?

A Conspiracy of Faith is slated for release in Denmark later this year.

In late 2014, Sundance Selects picked up all three of the “Department Q” films for distribution in the US. Stay tuned for details about where they will screen.

With regard to the books, the sixth novel in Jussi Adler-Olsen’s “Department Q” series will be published this September, and as with the previous books, its title will be different in the US and UK.

BOOK # IN SERIES US TITLE UK TITLE
Book #1 The Keeper of Lost Causes Mercy
Book #2 The Absent One Disgrace
Book #3 A Conspiracy of Faith Redemption
Book #4 The Purity of Vengeance Guilt
Book #5 The Marco Effect. Buried
Book #6 The Hanging Girl Boundless

There’s no word yet on whether Adler-Olsen has offered film rights to the last three novels, and if so, whether Zentropa has picked them up, so stay tuned about this, too.

The Keeper of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret)The Keeper of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret)

The Absent One (Fasandræberne)The Absent One (Fasandræberne)

Source: Cineuropa

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A Conspiracy of Faith: Third Film of ‘Department Q’ Series Begins Filming Next Month