Distributors flock to the first film as well as others in the planned four-feature franchise.

After a promo screening at Berlin’s European Film Market last week, TrustNordisk has now sold Jussi Adler-Olsen’s The Keeper Of Lost Causes to the UK (Arrow Films), Australia and New Zealand (Madman Entertainment), and Czech Republic (Aerofilms).

For full production information

The Keeper Of Lost Causes

The film is the first in a four-film franchise based on Jussi Adler-Olsen’s crime novels about Department Q, a police unit devoted to long-unsolved cases.

Distributors coming on board for all four films already include Poland (Kino Swiat), Russia (Silverbox) and China (HGC Entertainment)

Previously announced deals include Benelux (Lumiere), Germany and Austria (NFP) and Switzerland (Frenetic).

“We’re thrilled to be on board with the launch of the Department Q franchise and we look forward to bring such an exciting Nordic thriller to UK/ Eire audiences. The pedigree from all the production team is at such a high standard and again it’s wonderful to be continuing our excellent relationship with the team at TrustNordisk”, says Tom Stewart, Head of Acquisitions at Arrow Films.

“The interest for this Scandinavian thriller franchise is incredible and since the promo screening last week, demand has been massive. We are thrilled that international distributors share our strong belief in The Keeper of Lost Causes and its upcoming sequels,” added Rikke Ennis, CEO at TrustNordisk.

The first story is about two policemen who investigate a five-year-old case of a missing woman and find themselves hunting a psychopathic killer. Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Fares Fares star for director Mikkel Norgaard. Nikolaj Arcel adapted the script.

Louise Vesth produces for Zentropa Entertainments20 in co-production with Zentropa Entertainments Berlin and ZDF Enterprises with support from The Danish Film Institute, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Eurimages, Nordic Film & TV Fund and Allerød Kommune in co-operation with TV2 Denmark, NFP Distribution Germany, Film i Väst and TV2 Norway. Developed with support from The MEDIA Programme of the European Union.

Nordisk releases locally on Oct 3.