It's been a while since we had a new documentary to look forward to from Danish journalist Mads Brügger (The Ambassador), but the wait is almost over: on August 16th, Magnolia Pictures will drop Brügger's Cold Case Hammarskjöld into theaters. By turns darkly comic and deadly serious, this doc generated quite a bit of buzz - and maybe a little controversy - when it debuted earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.
What's all the hubbub about? Well, check out this plot 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."
Pretty intriguing, right? Well, just check out the trailer:
This looks right up our alley, funny and weird and served up with a generous helping of ominous overtones. Since first hearing about this doc back in January, I've gone out of my way to learn nothing further about the case or what Brügger's investigation may (or may not) have uncovered, and I'm chomping at the bit to find out. Brügger has a history of being a provocateur and, yes, a bit of a huckster, but (as we saw in The Ambassador) sometimes being a shameless huckster is the best way to get to the bottom of things.
This is, admittedly, a fairly niche title, but I suspect there's a good number of BMD readers who'll be similarly intrigued to this one. Such people are my people, and we should all get together and talk about Cold Case Hammarskjöld after it hits theaters on August 16th.