Cold Case Hammarskjöld


Documentary of the Year
Winner: Best Directing Award, World Documentary, Sundance 2019
In Theaters: US Premiere August 16th, Magnolia Pictures
“FUNNY, GRIPPING, CRAZED.” – The Hollywood Reporter
”A conspiracy that chills you.” – Variety


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Cold Case Hammarskjöld

Cold Case Hammarskjöld

“Dag Hammarskjold was on the point of getting something done when they killed him. Notice that I said, `when they killed him’.” Harry S. Truman, former U.S. President.

In 1961, Secretary General of the UN, Dag Hammarskjöld, died in a plane crash in Northern Rhodesia. He was en route to ceasefire negotiations between non‐ combatant UN forces and troops from the breakaway state of Katanga. Hammarskjöld was both popular and controversial, taking a stance in the fight against colonialism in times of instability and the Cold War. What started as perhaps unlikely conspiracy theories involving conglomerates fighting for minerals and metal resources has evolved into a growing consensus that Hammarskjöld and 15 other people were shot down, inciting the UN to reopen the case on the suspicion of assassination. Notorius Director/Journalist Mads Brügger (The Red Chapel, The Ambassador) investigates the mysterious circumstances of the UN Secretary-General, Dag Hammarskjöld’s, death.

As the investigation closes in, we discover crimes far worse than killing the UN Secretary General.


“A journalist should not wish for his journalism to be flawed, but
due to the horror of what I discovered while working on this film,
I have secretly been hoping that it all would turn out to be a
misunderstanding. Unfortunately, that is not the case.”
– Mads Brügger

Director Mads Brügger
Producer Peter Engel
Produced by Wingman Media (Denmark) in co-production with Piraya Film (Norway), Laika (Sweden) and Associated Directors (Belgium)
Duration 119' or 3x45'
Release 2019
Original Title Cold Case Hammarskjöld