A Conspiracy of Faith shoot begins today and follows Danish box office hits The Keeper of Lost Causes and The Absent One.

A Conspiracy of Faith

French distributor Wild Bunch and Spain’s Vertigo have picked up rights to the Department Q crime thrillers The Keeper of Lost Causes and The Absent One as well new instalment A Conspiracy of Faith, which begins shooting today (May 5).

Shooting on A Conspiracy of Faith will continue over the next eight weeks on location in Denmark and Germany.

The dark crime thriller, based on the book by Jussi Adler-Olsen, has already been sold by TrustNordisk to more than 15 countries including North America (IFC Films), Benelux (Lumiere), Turkey (Medyavizyon), Poland (Kino Swiat) and Russia (Silverbox).

The two previous films in the series, The Keeper of Lost Causes and The Absent One, were released in 2013 and 2014 respectively and have become the biggest local box office hits in Danish history.

In the third film, A Conspiracy of Faith, actors Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Fares Fares will be joined by Norwegian actors Jakob Oftebro (Kon-Tiki) and Pål Sverre Hagen (Kon-Tiki).

As previously announced, it will be directed by Hans Petter Moland - who takes over from Mikkel Nørgaard, who directed the first two instaments - from a screenplay by Nikolaj Arcel. Arcel also wrote the two previous films in the series.

Moland is known for directing Berlinale Competition films The Beautiful Country (2004) as well as A Somewhat Gentle Man (2009) and In Order Of Disappearance (2014).

The film is produced by 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 fromDanish Film Institute / Market Scheme, Eurimages, Deutscher Filmförderfonds,Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Norwegian Film Institute and Filmförderungsanstalt. Developed with support from the Media Programme of the European Union.

Nordic distribution is through Nordisk Film with release set for February 2016.