Film Review: Cold Case Hammarskjöld (Denmark/Norway/Sweden/Belgium 219)

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Danish director Mads Brügger and Swedish private investigator Göran Björkdahl are trying to solve the mysterious death of Dag Hammarskjöld. As their investigation closes in, they discover a… See full summary »


Mads Brügger

At Sundance 2019, the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award went to Mads Brügger’s Cold Case Hammarskjöld.  The doc traces the murder of the then Secretary of the United Nations in 1961, Dag Hammarskjöld, through supposedly a plane crash.  Did this actually happen or is this part of a conspiracy theory?  The doc plays like a whodunit with lots of clues (actually too many that the story becomes confusing and long).

The doc does not open too impressively.  Within the first 10 minutes, the doc jumps through half a dozen diverse places and times.  The director Mads Brügger (THE RED CHAPEL…

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