In cinemas April 8 is Mikkel Norgaard’s Danish thriller The Absent One which The Hollywood Reported called an “expertly paced and played” film as part of the popular Department Q series…
It’s a “love story”, says director Mikkel Norgaard, just not one you’d “like to be part of”. Young love has gone awry and “passion turns into possession, making you do things that you would never otherwise have done while pushing everything to the limit and beyond. And when you realise it, it is all too late,” he adds, chillingly. “It is about power and the abuse of it. What a man is capable of when he thinks no one can stop him.”
The Absent One, based on Jussi Adler-Olsen’s novel of the same name, is an immersive thriller set in 1994 when two young twins are found brutally murdered in a summer cottage. A number of clues point in the direction of a group of young upper class students from a nearby boarding school, but the case is closed as a local outsider pleads guilty and is convicted for the murders.
When the case ends up on Carl Morck’s desk 20 years later, he soon realises that something is terribly wrong. As Carl and Assad start investigating the case, they are led on to an old emergency call from a desperate girl who seems to know the secrets of the murders. Soon they are plunged into an intense search for the girl, Kimmie, who has been missing since the murders happened. But Carl and Assad are not the only ones trying to track her down as the girl’s testimonial is of great danger to a group of influential men at the top of society who will do all they can to keep her silent.
Clare Binns, Programming and Acquisitions Director at Picturehouse says: “It was such a pleasure to release the first film in this super cool, nail biting franchise The Keeper of Lost Causes. This sequel ups the ante in terms of pure tension, style and thrills, look out for it at Picturehouses. This is top notch Danish crime cinema from a production team at the top of its game.”
The Absent One is released in UK cinemas April 8.