North American rights acquired for three thrillers in the Department Q series.

The Absent One

US distributor Sundance Selects has picked up North American rights for three Zentropa-produced thrillers: The Keeper Of Lost Causes, The Absent One and A Conspiracy Of Faith.

The deal was negotiated between Susan Wendt, head of sales at TrustNordisk and Sean Berney, manager of acquisitions at Sundance Selects/IFC Films.

The three Zentropa-produced features are all based on the bestselling books by Jussi Adler-Olsen.

The Keeper Of Lost Causes and The Absent One have proved box office hits in the local Danish market. Last year, The Keeper Of Lost Causes became the most seen film in Danish cinemas with more than 725.000 admissions.

The second instalment The Absent One, released on October 2, has currently reached the 700,000 admissions mark in Danish cinemas, making it 2014’s most popular film in the local market.

A Conspiracy Of Faith is currently in pre-production.

All three titles are produced by Louise Vesth, Jonas Bagger and Peter Ålbæk for the Zentropa Group in cooperation with TV 2 Danmark, ZDF German Television Network, ZDF Enterprises, TV4 Sverige, TV 2 Norge in co-production with Film i Väst. With support from the Danish Film Institute, Eurimages, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Deutscher Filmförderfonds and Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein and Allerød Kommune. Developed with support from the Media Programme of the European Union.

Nordic distribution is through Nordisk Film.

TrustNordisk handles international sales.