Cold Case Hammarskjold

Grand Jury Prize ~ World Cinema: Documentary
Sundance Film Festival
Best Director ~ World Cinema: Documentary
Sundance Film Festival
A funny, gripping, crazed take on the mystery investigation drama.


Cold Case Hammarskjold

In 1961, United Nations secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld’s plane mysteriously crashed, killing Hammarskjöld and most of the crew. 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. Scores of false starts, dead ends, and elusive interviews later, Brügger and his sidekick, Swedish Göran Björkdahl, begin to sniff out something more monumental than anything they’d initially imagined.

In his signature agitprop style, Brügger becomes both filmmaker and subject, challenging the very nature of truth by “performing” the role of truth seeker. As Brügger uncovers a critical secret that could send shockwaves around the world, we realize that sometimes absurdity and irony are the emboldening ingredients needed to confront what’s truly sinister.
Documentary, Crime, History
English, French, Swedish, Danish, Bemba
Mads Brügger
Mads Brügger
Nominee, Grand Jury Prize ~ World Cinema: Documentary, Sundance Film Festival
Winner, Best Director ~ World Cinema: Documentary, Sundance Film Festival
Owen Gleiberman, Variety

The vast majority of conspiracy theories have one key thing in common: Investigate them, and they turn out not to be true. But that doesn’t mean all of them aren’t true. “Cold Case Hammerskjöld” is a slow-building documentary mystery that sucks you in like a vortex. It offers several intertwined ...

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