SBS is thrilled to bring The Keeper of Lost Causes to Australian cinemas, in partnership with Madman Films.
The Danish film, directed by Mikkel Nørgaard (whose credits include Borgen), was the No. 1 film of 2013 in Denmark, and overtook Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt, Denmark’s Oscar entry, to land the top spot.
The movie follows a disgraced cop, chief detective Carl Mørck (Nicolaj Lie Kaas), as he is assigned to a department for old, terminated cases. The department consists only of Mørck and his new assistant, Assad (Fares Fares). They receive explicit orders to only read and sort through the cases, but Mørck's stubborn nature throws them headfirst into the mystery of a well-known female politician (Sonia Richter), who vanished five years ago from a passenger ferry. The only witness is her intellectually disabled brother. Unconvinced that she committed suicide, Mørck and Assad venture on a journey that will take them deep into the undercurrent of abuse and malice that lurks beneath the polished surface of Scandinavia.
"This is a voyage into mankind"
"This is, on the surface, a story about a woman who disappeared five years ago and the man who has to find out what happened. But underneath it all, this is a story of how humans deal with the horrific things that happen throughout life, being able to move forward from that or not. This is a thriller, and it will explore what it means to be human in an old-fashioned way. It explores our fear, guilt, shame, and how to overcome them."
- Mikkel Nørgaard