The Munich-based sales unit Global Screen, a brand of Telepool, has picked up global distribution rights to CLUE - The Maltese Mystery, a highly atmospheric and adventurous mystery with a charming trio of detectives. The adaptation of internationally bestselling novels will be the opening film of the Cinemagi family programme at the Norwegian International Film Festival Haugesund on Saturday, August 21, 2021. CLUE - The Maltese Mystery is based on the first four books of acclaimed author Jørn Lier Horst's youth book series, CLUE. CLUE has sold 500,000 books in Norway alone since its first publication and has also been published in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Korea, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain and Sweden. The Sunday Times praises Jørn Lier Horst as “one of the most brilliantly understated crime novelists writing today”.
This is director Thale Persen's second feature film. She is known for having directed the advent series “The Christmas King” and the vampire series “Heirs of the Night”. Thale Persen says: “Clue leans heavily on inspiration from Agatha Christie's well-known recipe: smart detectives, a huge amount of circumstantial evidence, a pool of interesting suspects and a surprising solution. It all takes place in a distinctly defined universe: a beautiful summer resort situated in a windswept Norwegian landscape complete with skerries and naked rocks.”
On the same day that Cecilia, Une and Une’s dog Egon meet Leo for the first time, a corpse turns up on the beach in their idyllic Norwegian bay. Who is the dead man, how did he get here and could he have anything to do with the death of Cecilia's mum the year before? Together, the three teens start unwinding the road to the truth, which is a perilous one, lined with escaped prisoners, mysterious guests, secret diaries and dark, old passages into bunkers left from the war. CLUE - The Maltese Mystery features Julia Mælumshagen Nymoen as Cecilia, Kenza Olympia Iteka as Une and Felix Sollie as Leo. Kyrre Haugen Sydness, Bjørn Floberg, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Marlon Valdés Langeland, Henrik Mestad and Line Verndal all play central roles in the story.
CLUE - The Maltese Mystery is produced by Cornelia Boysen and Pias Semb at Maipo Film (Academy Award nominated “Elling”, “Happy, Happy”, “The art of Negative Thinking”, “State of Happiness”, “The Louis & Luca triolgy”, “The Ashlad”, “The Crossing”). The film will be released in Norway by Nordisk on August 27, 2021.