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Mads Brügger’s Cold Case Hammarskjöld | 2019 Sundance Film Festival

Remarkably still comfortable working with the confines of the gonzo investigative docu style of filmmaking, Mads Brügger comically addresses how storytelling can curtail and shape-shift especially when the original charted route brings unintended surprises. In another filmmaker’s hands, a docu film such as Cold Case Hammarskjöld would not work, but this Dane goes full pandora’s box with a probing film subject matter that is disturbing food for thought past the film’s run time. With terrific buzz (and a film prize win of Best Director to boot), I caught one of the final screenings before the filmmaker headed off to Europe.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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