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Domestic record for The Purity of Vengeance!

The fourth and last Department Q-film is now the highest grossing domestic film in Danish cinemas ever.

 

Merely a month and a half has passed since the premiere of Zentropa’s irrevocable last Department Q-feature THE PURITY OF VENGEANCE, directed by Christoffer Boe. The film has performed historically well in the Danish cinemas, and today Zentropa and Nordisk Film Distribution announced that the film has set the record as the highest grossing domestic film in Danish cinemas to this date. Until last night the film has had a turnover of DKK 72.5 M, thereby surpassing the previous record holder –the second installment in Zentropa’s Department Q-quadrilogy, The Absent One – which reached a turnover of DKK 68.1 M.

 

The Purity of Vengeance among the most successful films in Danish cinemas ever

With a turnover of DKK 72.5 M The Purity of Vengeance is also among the most successful films in Danish cinemas ever, even including international blockbusters. The Purity of Vengeance is found in 11th place, only surpassed by blockbusters such as Avatar, Titanic, the The Lord of the Rings franchise, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and two James Bond titles.

 

Great joy at Zentropa

Zentropa is obviously very excited for the new record. Producer Louise Vesth, who has now produced the domestically top five grossing Danish films, says:

“It’s a wonderful record. We wanted to end the Department Q franchise on the top, and it’s fantastic that the film has been so well received by its audience, and has now secured a spot in the history of Danish cinema until this record will be beaten sometime in the future. The film will continue to run in cinemas well into 2019, so we’re not even done yet. We’re lucky to have talented scriptwriters, directors, and actors able to reach this level”.

 

As an additional note, The Purity of Vengeance has sold more than 730.384 tickets.

The Purity of Vengeance is expected continue playing in Danish cinemas until at least January 2019.

 

Top 10 grossing Danish films to this date:

  1. The Purity of Vengeance (2018): DKK 72.5 M
  2. The Absent One (2014): DKK 68.1 M
  3. Klown (2010): DKK 64.9 M
  4. A Conspiracy of Faith (2016): DKK 64.3 M
  5. The Keepers of Lost Causes(2012): DKK 59.01 M
  6. This Life (2012): DKK 57.2 M
  7. The Reunion 2 – The Funeral (2014): DKK 50.1 M
  8. The Reunion 3 (2016): DKK 47.6 M
  9. The Hunt (2013): DKK 46.68 M
  10. Klown Forever (2015): DKK 46.63 M

 

Top 11 grossing films in Danish cinemas to this date:

  1. Avatar (2009): DKK 129.2 M
  2. Spectre (2015): DKK 98.8 M
  3. Lord of the Rings 3 (2003): DKK 98.7 M
  4. Lord of the Rings (2001): DKK 95.7 M
  5. Titanic (1998): DKK 91.8 M
  6. The girl with the dragon tattoo (2009): DKK 88.1 M
  7. Lord of the Rings 2 (2002): DKK 88.1 M
  8. Skyfall (2012): DKK 86.7 M
  9. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015): DKK 81.9 M
  10. The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey (2013): DKK 74.4 M
  11. The Purity of Vengeance (2018): DKK 72.5 M

 

The film is based on the fourth book in Jussi Adler-Olsen’s worldwide popular book-series about Department Q, with script by Bo Erhard Hansen (writer of The Art of Crying), Nikolaj Arcel (THE DARK TOWER, 2017; A ROYAL AFFAIR, 2011) and Mikkel Nørgaard (THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES, 2013; THE ABSENT ONE, 2014). The film is directed by world-renowned director, Christoffer Boe whose first feature film, RECONSTRUCTION (2003), won the Camera d’Or at Cannes Film Festival 2003.

Produced by ZENTROPA ENTERTAINMENTS20 In co-production with ZENTROPA HAMBURG  ZENTROPA BERLIN In cooperation with TV 2 DENMARK  ZDF GERMAN TELEVISION NETWORK  ZDF ENTERPRISES  NFP  TV4 SWEDEN  TV 2 NORWAY In co-production with FILM I VÄST With support from the DANISH FILM INSTITUTE / MARKET SCHEME   DEUTSCHER FILMFÖRDERFONDS  FILMFÖRDERUNG HAMBURG SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN   NORDMEDIA – FILM- UND MEDIENGESELLSCHAFT NIEDERSACHSEN / BREMEN  FILMFYN Developed with support from THE CREATIVE EUROPE PROGRAMME – MEDIA OF THE EUROPEAN UNION Distribution by NORDISK FILM DISTRIBUTION International sales by TRUSTNORDISK

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Christoffer Boe set for final Department Q film: The Purity of Vengeance

Christoffer Boe // Photo: My Thordal

 

These weeks Zentropa is working hard on the planning of its fourth and final film from the extremely popular Department Q-series. At a press conference today at Film i Väst in Cannes, Zentropa has announced that a director for the film has been found and will be the award-winning director Christoffer Boe. 

The prior films in the Department Q series, THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES (2013), THE ABSENT ONE (2014) and A CONSPIRACY OF FAITH (2015) all had record-bursting local admission numbers and were each sold world wide, including territories USA, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, Italy, Benelux, Turkey, Russia, Eastern Europe, China, Japan and more.

With around 2,2 million admissions locally for the first three movies of the Department Q-series, the expectations for THE PURITY OF VENGEANCE will be incredibly high.

 

Producer of THE PURITY OF VENGEANCE, Louise Vesth from Zentropa, says: ”The time has come for the great finally. It’s been a long, amazing journey that will end with a bang. We will do anything to finish this in the greatest way possible, and what could be a better way to end than with Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Fares Fares in the company of one of the most talented people in Danish film, Christoffer Boe.”

Christoffer Boe looks forward to working with THE PURITY OF VENGEANCE, saying: “I look forward to delve into Carl Mørck and his mysteries. Not to break him down – but to build him up and find new ways and new expressions, within the popular. I really look forward to taking those first steps with Nikolaj Lie Kaas og Fares Fares – and the whole team behind the series, which is some of the strongest and most entertaining work, Danish film has put forth.”

 

The story initiates when a group of construction workers makes a terrifying discovery in an old Copenhagen apartment: Behind a fake wall in the apartment they find three mummified corpses sitting around a dinner table with one open seat. Detective Carl Mørck and his assistant Assad in Department Q is given the task of finding out who the mummies are and for whom the fourth seat is intended.

Carl and Assad initiates the chase of the apartments owner and find clues leading back to the infamous women’s institution on Sprogø, where neglect and medicinal experiments of forced sterilization was a common part of every day life for the so-called immoral girls placed there. The horrors on Sprogø are a finished chapter of Danish history. But there are people who say that the experiments continues at the facility. Carl and Assad initiate a race with time to prevent more murders and assaults.

 

About Christoffer Boe

Christoffer Boe’s first feature film RECONSTRUCTION (2003) won the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and his second feature film ALLEGRO (2005), starring Helena Christensen and Ulrich Thomsen, screened at Sundance Film Festival.

At the Venice Film Festival in 2006, Christoffer Boe received the Young Cinema Award for the experimental film OFFSCREEN (2006). With the thriller EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE (2010) (selected for Director’s Fortnight in Cannes 2010) Christoffer Boe made a pure genre film, and with SPIES & GLISTRUP (2013) he achieved his popular break through. The film had more than 300.000 admissions in Denmark and received three Robert awards.

 

Experienced power-trio behind the script

Nikolaj Arcel will be writing the manuscript, with the assistance of Bo Hr. Hansen and Mikkel Nørgaard. Nikolaj Arcel wrote the three first movies and while he has been working on his Hollywood debut with the much anticipated THE DARK TOWER starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, he has been working on the script for THE PURITY OF VENGEANCE along with the experienced Bo Hr. Hansen and Mikkel Nørgaard, the latter of which directed the first two movies of the series.

The movie will have a budget of EUR 5.2 M and shooting will commence in the beginning of next year with expected local release in fall 2018. ZDF German Television Network and ZDF Enterprises is on board as partners as with the prior films and nordic distribution will be through Nordisk Film.

TrustNordisk handles international sales.

 

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