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A Conspiracy of Faith /Flaskepost fra P Department Q

Thu—7-25-2019
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Photo by Henrik Ohsten

WED—July 24—7 PM & THU—July 25—2 PM
$12 ($7 ASF Members)
112 min. In Danish and Norwegian with English subtitles.

Based on Jussi Adler-Olsen’s international bestsellers, the riveting Department Q series introduces maverick detective Carl Mørck (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) who, after majorly botching an assignment, is relegated to reviewing cold cases. With his new partner Assad (Fares Fares) and secretary Rose (Johanne Louise Schmidt), the moody Mørck digs into shocking unsolved mysteries including the kidnapping of a high-ranking government official, a brutal prep school murder and a bloody message from two children presumed dead.

When an eight-year-old message in a bottle washes up on the shore of Jutland, written by a boy purporting to be held in captivity, Carl Mørck and Assad’s investigation leads them to a local fundamentalist religious community where several disappearances of children have gone unreported — including siblings Samuel and Magdalena, who have recently vanished. As Mørck and Assad dig deeper into the case, the religious connection to the disappearances raises philosophical questions for each, and before long they find themselves on the track of a highly dangerous criminal who has left a trail of kidnappings and murders in his wake. Directed by Hans Petter Moland (Denmark, 2015).

 

A Conspiracy of Faith marks the darkest and most gripping screen adaptation of the Jussi Adler-Olsen novels to date”—Los Angeles Times

“A great addition to a fine series, the most cinematic Department Q case yet strikes the perfect balance between philosophy and excitement”—Radio Times

“Imagine a Michael Mann film, with Kierkegaard as co-director”—New York Times

 

About the Director

Hans Petter Moland (b.1955, Norway) graduated from Emerson College. His film Aberdeen (2000) premiered in competition at Karlovy Vary, where Ian Hart won the Best Actor Award, and later won awards at festivals in the U.S., Milan and at the European Film Festival. In 2004 his film The Beautiful Country starring Nick Nolte, Tim Roth and Bai Ling competed in Berlin. His film A Somewhat Gentle Man won the Berliner Morgenpost Readers’ Award at the Berlinale in 2010 and numerous prizes, including the Special Jury Prize at Chicago International Film Festival. In Order of Disappearance (2014) was Hans Petter Moland’s third competition entry in the Berlinale.

For his adaptation of the famous Norwegian book Comrade Pedersen (2006), Moland won the award for Best Direction at the Montreal World Film Festival, and his short film United We Stand won the Grand Prix in Clairmont Ferrand and an additional 23 awards worldwide.

 
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