Cold Case Hammarskjöld

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Synopsis

In 1961, United Nations secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld’s plane mysteriously crashed, killing Hammarskjöld and most of the crew. It’s understood that because Hammarskjöld was, at the time, advocating for Congo’s independence (against the wishes of European mining companies and other powerful entities), the “crash” was an assassination. 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. He, his Swedish private-investigator sidekick, and a host of co-conspirators tirelessly pursue a winding trail of clues, but they turn up more mysteries than revelations. Scores of false starts, dead ends, and elusive interviews later, they begin to sniff out something more monumental than anything they’d initially imagined.

Cast

  • Mads Brügger
  • Clarinah Mfengu
  • Saphir Wenzi Mabanza
  • Göran Björkdahl
  • Mass
  • Hilding Björkdahl
  • Margareth Ngulube
  • Abraham Kunda
  • John Ngongo
  • Custon Chipoya

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Trivia

  • "En cinquante ans" (1958), an industrial film produced by Gérard De Boe for the Belgian company Union Minière du Haut-Katanga, is featured, and credited.
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Metacritic

90
Feb 1, 2019

However sceptical you feel about Brügger’s approach, and his findings, this is an arresting, troubling work – and, for all the horror, an intensely entertaining one too.

Jonathan Romney
Screen Daily
80
Feb 1, 2019

It's definitely Brugger's most satisfyingly unsatisfying effort. A conspiracy-fueled murder mystery with some hilarious meta-commentary on the genre, Cold Case Hammarskjold is either a stunning piece of investigative reporting that builds to a revelatory climax or a wily trickster's dark critique of the audience's desperate need for answers.

Metacritic review by Dan Fienberg
Dan Fienberg
The Hollywood Reporter