'The Keeper of Lost Causes' on Track to Be Denmark’s No. 1 Film of 2013

"The Keeper of Lost Causes"

The crime thriller, the first in a series based on Jussi Alder-Olsen’s Department Q bestsellers, has grossed close to $8 million in local release so far.

BERLIN – The Scandi crime wave just keeps killing them. The latest Nordic noir title, Mikkel Norgaard’s The Keeper of Lost Causes, is a box office hit at home and is on target to pass Mads Mikkelsen-starrer The Hunt to become Denmark’s most successful film of the year.

Keeper of Lost Causes has grossed some $7.7 million since its Oct. 3 release, compared to around $8 million for The Hunt, the Thomas Vinterberg-directed drama which bowed in January. If Keeper of Lost Causes keeps up the pace, it could take pride of place among the most successful Danish films of all time.

EARLIER: Nikolaj Lie Kaas Cast for 'Keeper of Lost Causes' 

The film stars Nikolaj Lie Kaas (Angels & Demons) and Fares Fares (Zero Dark Thirty) as detectives running a cold case division in Copenhagen. Prolific writer and sometimes director Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) penned the screenplay to Keeper of Lost Causes.

Keeper of Lost Causes is the first in a franchise based on the bestselling Department Q novels by Danish writer Jussi Alder-Olsen. The second installment, The Absent One, which Norgaard is also directing, is currently shooting for a Fall 2014 release.

Louise Vesth is producing the Department Q franchise for Zentropa, whose sales arm, TrustNordisk has sold Keeper of Lost Causes to more than 35 territories. There’s been no U.S. deal yet for the film, though Magnolia has been  has been TrustNordisk’s go-to U.S. distributor recently, picking up such Scandi titles as Lars von Trier’s porn epic Nymphomaniac, Lukas Moodysson’s Swedish coming-of-age tale We Are The Best! and Norwegian action adventure film Ragnarok.