A stylish and strongly acted Nordic noir mystery.
Hollywood Reporter
Australian Premiere.

The Absent One

DIRECTOR Mikkel Norgaard.
CAST Nikolaj Lie Kaas Fares Fares Pilou Asbaek David Dencik Danica Curcic
DETAILS Mystery-Thriller
2014; 119 min
(Danish, English s/t)

This is the second, and even more successful adaptation of the Danish Department Q series novels, following on from 2014 Scandi FF hit The Keeper of Lost Causes.

Rugged and irritable Carl Morck (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) and his colleague, the Syria-born Assad (Fares Fares, who received the “Danish Oscar” for his performance), run the cold-case division of the Copenhagen police. After a desperate appeal to Morck about the unsolved killing of his own teenage children, an ex-cop commits suicide. This leads the detective pair on a twisted mission to discover what really happened in the 1990s at one of the country’s poshest boarding schools. Director Mikkel Norgaard reunites with lead stars Kaas and Fares to portray this taut fiction which again alternates deftly between the past and present.

  • Winner
    Robert Awards (Denmark) 2015 – Best Supporting Actor & Audience Award
All non-English films screen with English subtitles.