Canadian Premiere
Selection 2019

The Purity of Vengeance

Directed by Christoffer Boe

Credits  

Official selection

Transilvania International Film Festival 2019, Palm Springs International Film Festival 2019, Lithuania Scanorama Film Forum 2018, Nordische Filmtage 2018, SITGES Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic of Catalonia 2018, Busan International Film Festival 2018, Filmfest Hamburg 2018

Director

Christoffer Boe

Writer

Nikolaj Arcel, Bo Hr. Hansen, Mikkel Nørgaard

Cast

Fares Fares, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Johanne Louise Schmidt

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Danish Film Institute

Denmark 2018 118 mins OV Danish Subtitles : English
Genre DramaThriller

“A lurid high-gloss potboiler”
Dennis Harvey, VARIETY

Scandinavia has a reputation as an idyllic region — despite some nasty winters, it is an area that frequently boasts the happiest people, great social services, a high standard of living, and an overall harmonious balance between the collective good and individual freedom. But as the past decade of Scandinavian noir literature and film have revealed, not all is at it seems: scratch even a bit beneath the surface, and you will find violence, corruption, and hatred. In THE PURITY OF VENGEANCE, something is very rotten in the state of Denmark: a part of the past that the state, and culture, tries to pretend doesn’t exist in its public image of the utopian state, but one that cannot stay hidden.

Detectives Carl (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) and Assad (Fares Fares) encounter a gruesome crime scene: four skeletons trapped behind a wall, arranged around a dining table, their deaths long ago but obviously painful. As they search for the killer, the detectives uncover a decades-old secret society that has been imprisoning and abusing “fallen” women, and now continues its mandate of racial purity on anyone it deems unworthy of Danish society. Kaas and Fares add deep layers to the good cop/bad cop trope, as they struggle with their own fraught relationship while trying to solve the complex mystery. Christoffer Boe (BEAST), no stranger to turning over metaphorical rocks of his country to find the bugs crawling beneath, turns the best-selling novel into the highest-grossing film in Denmark’s history: a story of crime, sex, and revenge. – Shelagh Rowan-Legg