Department Q Returns As Marco Effect Begins Filming

Filming has begun in the Czech Republic and Denmark for The Marco Effect, directed by Martin Zandvliet, adapted from the fifth instalment in the Department Q novels by Jussi Adler-Olsen. The previous film, The Purity Of Vengeance, was the biggest Danish box office movie since records began with all four instalments in the franchise sitting in the top five.

When 14-year-old Marco, a homeless gypsy boy, is arrested at the Danish boarder control for possession of a missing public servant’s passport, police Detective Inspector Carl Mørck and his Department Q team are tasked with finding the connection.

The old case contains several suspicious elements: The public servant was accused of pedophilia shortly before he disappeared, and his case was closed unusually quickly. But the silent, traumatized Marco refuses to talk to them and it’s not long before he’s on the run from those who intend to kill him because of what he knows.

Whilst the first four films in the franchise were produced by Zentropa, Nordisk Film are taking over the reigns from volume five and have outlined a plan to release a new instalment every two years until 2026. This also marks a change in casting with Ulrich Thomsen (Summer Of ’92) taking over as Carl Mørck, Zaki Youssef (Sons Of Denmark) as Assad and Sofie Torp (Greyzone) as Rose.

The Marco Effect (Marco Effekten) is slated for a Danish theatrical release on 1st October 2020.