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 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.
“Sucks you in like a vortex...a singular experience that counts as one of the most honestly disturbing and provocative nonfiction films in years.” —Owen Gleiberman, Variety “His relentless truth-seeking is dogged and the way he finds someone and is able to make them crack down on-camera is a remarkable feat. Brügger’s movie plays mostly like a real-time thriller, to be honest, but whatever hybrid of non-fiction you want to categorize COLD CASE HAMMARSKJÖLD, it’s nothing short of groundbreaking.” —Jordan Ruimy, The Playlist “A conspiracy-fueled murder mystery with some hilarious meta-commentary on the genre.” —Daniel Fienberg, Hollywood Reporter
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