Cold Case Hammarskjöld

Cold Case Hammarskjöld

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Danish director Mads Brügger (The Ambassador) and Swedish private investigator try to solve the mysterious death of a UN secretary general in this documentary. More

"In 1961, United Nations secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld’s plane mysteriously crashed, killing Hammarskjöld and most of the crew. It’s understood that because Hammarskjöld was, at the time, advocating for Congo’s independence (against the wishes of European mining companies and other powerful entities), the “crash” was an assassination. With the case still unsolved 50-plus years later, Danish journalist, filmmaker, and provocateur Mads Brügger (The Red Chapel, The Ambassador) leads us down an investigative rabbit hole to unearth the truth. He, his Swedish private-investigator sidekick, and a host of co-conspirators tirelessly pursue a winding trail of clues, but they turn up more mysteries than revelations. Scores of false starts, dead ends, and elusive interviews later, they begin to sniff out something more monumental than anything they’d initially imagined." (Sundance 2019)

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2019Rating: Exempt129 minsDenmark, Norway, Sweden, Belgium
DocumentaryWorld Cinema
Director:
Mads Brügger ('The Saint Bernard Syndicate', 'The Ambassador', 'Kim Jong-Il's Comedy Club')
Writer:
Mads Brügger
Cast:
Göran BjörkdahlMads Brügger

Cold Case Hammarskjöld | Awards

Award Winner
Winner of the Directing Award, 2019 Sundance Film Festival

Cold Case Hammarskjöld | Reviews

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A funny, gripping, crazed take on the mystery investigation drama.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

However sceptical you feel about Brügger’s approach, and his findings, this is an arresting, troubling work - and, for all the horror, an intensely entertaining one too.

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Variety

Variety

A singular experience that counts as one of the most honestly disturbing and provocative nonfiction films in years.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

This epic swan dive into the darkest abyss of recent African history is also the longest, most circuitous, and glib film of its kind.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Poised unsatisfyingly between an explosive exposé and a self-conscious put-on.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Told with fourth-wall-breaking, connect-the-dots mania, it's a heck of a story...

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The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

Maybe it's real or maybe it's wackadoodle, but a cold-case investigation is heated up considerably and imaginatively by Brugger's charismatic film.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

An entertaining and shocking, if factually uncertain, documentary...

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

A tremendously absorbing film, a documentary that plays like a first-rate thriller...

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