Shooting began on 13 January for Anders Thomas Jensen's 'Riders of Justice', his and Zentropa's new comedy described as a modern fable about solidarity, the randomness of the universe and the meaning of life.
Jensen is both writer and director of the film, a story about the deployed military man Markus who has to go home to his teenage daughter, Mathilde, when his wife dies in a tragic train accident. It seems to be plain bad luck – until the mathematics geek Otto shows up with his two eccentric colleagues, Lennart and Emmenthaler. Otto was also a passenger on the wrecked train. He is convinced someone must have been behind it. As the clues pile up, it becomes clear to Markus that it might have been a carefully orchestrated assassination, which his wife ended up being a random casualty of.
Mads Mikkelsen is Markus and Nikolaj Lie Kaas is Otto, playing alongside Nicolas Bro, all three prominently featured in Jensen's previous film, 'Men & Chicken' (2015). The cast includes Lars Brygmann ('That Time of Year', 2018), Roland Møller ('Land of Mine', 2015), Gustav Lindh ('Queen of Hearts, 2019) and upcoming talent Andrea Heick Gadeberg ('Daniel', 2019).
Jensen has written more than 30 feature films, including collaborations with directors Susanne Bier, Lone Scherfig, Nikolaj Arcel and Niels Arden Oplev. 'Riders of Justice' is Jensen's fifth feature film as director, after 'Flickering Lights' (2000), 'The Green Butchers' (2003), 'Adam’s Apples' (2005) and 'Men & Chicken' (2015).
'Riders of Justice' is produced by Sisse Graum Jørgensen and Sidsel Hybschmann for Zentropa. The film is co-produced by Film I Väst and Zentropa Sweden with support from the Danish Film Institute, FilmFyn, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, the Media Programme of the European Union, in collaboration with YouSee, TV 2 DENMARK, YLE and SVT. The total budget is at 5.3 million Euro.
TrustNordisk handles international sales. Expected Danish release is December 2020.