Cannes: Wildbunch, Vertigo Join 'A Conspiracy of Faith'

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From Right to Left: 'A Conspiracy of Faith' Director Hans Petter Moland with actors Fares Fares, Pal Sverre Hagen and Nikolaj Lie Kaas

The film is the entry in the popular Department Q Danish crime franchise based on the books by Jussi Adler-Olsen.

French distributor Wildbunch and Spain's Vertigo have become the latest buyers to join A Conspiracy of Faith, the latest film in the hit Danish Department Q crime franchise.

Wildbunch and Vertigo picked up rights in their respective territories for the film, from Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland (A Somewhat Gentle Man), which has just begun shooting. Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Fares Fares, co-stars of the first two Department Q films, will reprise their roles as Danish police detectives in Conspiracy of Faith. Joining the cast for the third feature are Norwegian actors Jakob Oftebro and Pal Sverre-Hagen (Kon-Tiki).

IFC Films has picked up North American rights to the crime thriller, and TrustNordisk, which is handling world sales, has closed on more than a dozen other territories, including with Lumiere for Benelux, Kino Swiat for Poland and Silverbox in Russia. Nordisk Film will again handle distribution in Scandinavia, with a release planned for February 2016.

The previous two Department Q films — The Absent One (2014) and The Keeper of Lost Causes (2013) — broke box-office records in Denmark for local-language titles, each grossing more than $10 million in the territory.

The films are based on the best-selling novels by writer Jussi Adler-Olsen. Nikolaj Arcel, whose screenplay credits include the original The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and the Oscar-nominated A Royal Affair, adapted the novels for all three of the films in the series. 

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