Cold Case Hammarskjöld trailer: The world's biggest murder mystery or the world's most idiotic conspiracy theory?

Danish director Mads Brügger is known for making films that are told with their tongues firmly in their cheek. Even though it may not seem like it on first appearance, there is always a more serious side to Brügger's work, and while his new film, Cold Case Hammarskjöld, still has touches of his deadpan humour, he has a bigger target in his sights. The death of a Swedish Secretary-General 58 years ago may not seem that fascinating, but going by the trailer and reviews so far, it is far more revealing than the somewhat dry synopsis reveals. Watch the trailer for Cold Case Hammarskjöld to see more.

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 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.

In his signature agitprop style, Brügger becomes both filmmaker and subject, challenging the very nature of truth by “performing” the role of truth seeker. As Brügger uncovers a critical secret that could send shockwaves around the world, we realize that sometimes absurdity and irony are the emboldening ingredients needed to confront what’s truly sinister.

Brügger teams up with Swedish private investigator Göran Björkdahl, who has researched the case for years and is of the belief the plane carrying secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld was targeted and taken down as part of a wider plot to allow Western powers to retain control over mineral sources in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Cold Case Hammarskjöld opens in US cinemas on August 16.

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