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A caged woman on the Piazza

A caged woman on the Piazza

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Danish director Mikkel Nørgaard's thriller Kvinden i buret (The Keeper of Lost Causes) – the adaption of Danish author Jussi Adler-Olsen's award-winning thriller – will be launched in Locarno

When Danish director Mikkel Nørgaard's thriller Kvinden i buret (The Keeper of Lost Causes) has its world premiere on the Piazza Grande Saturday, introducing the film franchise based on the novels by Danish author Jussi Adler-Olsen, it will be the first Danish presentation to the 8,000 audience for 13 years – the 2004 choice was Kongekabale (King's Game), by Nikolaj Arcel, who wrote the script for Kvinden i buret (and for Millennium 1: Män som hatar kvinnor/The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo/2009).

Adler-Olsen's so far four novels about deputy detective superintendent Carl Mørck and his Department Q - for "cases of special focus" – have so far sold seven million copies worldwide, 1.6 million in Denmark alone. Published in 2007, Kvinden i buret was last year awarded the Deadly Pleasures' Barry Prize for Best Novel in the US, where it entered the New York Times' list of bestsellers.

Danish director Mikkel Nørgaard, whose latest feature Klovn – The Movie (Klown/2010) took 855,000 admissions domestically, sends Mørck & Co's "deep into the undercurrent of abuse and malice that lurks beneath the polished surface of Scandinavia" in their investigation of the mystery of a female politician, who disappeared five years ago, now presumed dead.

But Mørck (Nikolaj Lie Kaas, who won the Danish film critics' Bodil award for Martin P Zandvliet's Dirch/A Funny Man/2011) and his assistant Assad (Swedish actor Fares Fares) soon finds out that the truth behind her disappearance is worse than they could imagine. Both Nørgaard, Kaas, Fares and Richter will attend the screening in Locarno.

Kvinden I buret will be followed by Fasandræberne (The Absent One, published in 2008), Flaskepost fra P (Message in a Bottle, 2009) and Journal 64 (2010), all scripted by Arcel and produced by Louise Vesth for Denmark's Zentropa Entertainments.

Before the premiere, Danish international sales agency, TrustNordisk, has licensed the thriller to 32 territories, including the UK (Arrow Films), Australia/New Zealand (Madman Entertainment), Germany/Austria (NFP Distribution), Benelux (Lumiere), Russia (Silverbox) and China (HGC Entertainment). It will open in Denmark on October 3 through Nordisk Film Biografdistribution.

Jørn Rossing Jensen

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