Denmark, 2012, 110 Minute Running Time
Topics: Action/Adventure, Thriller
Program: Nordic Light
Language: Danish, English, Arabic English Sub-Titles
What a year it has been for Tobias Lindholm. This spring, The Hunt, a film he co-scripted with Thomas Vinterberg was one of the Cannes Film Festival’s best-received competitors. In the fall, his second film as director, the tense thriller A Hijacking, turned into one of the buzz titles at the Venice Film Festival. The William Morris agency just signed to represent him and the film keeps collecting festival prizes.
When Somali pirates board a Danish cargo ship and demand a ransom for the safe passage of the crew, the shipping company CEO rashly decides to handle the negotiations himself – after all, he reasons, he’s a cut-throat deal-maker by trade. His confidence is not shared by the hostages as days in cramped, increasingly fetid confinement drag into weeks with no release in sight.
Lindholm’s low-key, documentary style makes their dilemma all too believable. This is impressive, gripping moviemaking straight from the news headlines.
Winner: Best Film, Thessaloniki Film Festival; Best Actor, Abu Dhabi Film Festival; Audience Award, AFI
DIRECTOR: Tobias Lindholm
Producer: René Ezra, Tomas Radoor
Editor: Adam Nielsen
Screenwriter: Tobias Lindholm
Cinematographer: Magnus Nordenhof Jønck
Music: Hildur Gudnadottir
Principal Cast: Pilou Asbæk, Søren Malling, Dar Salem, Gary Skjoldmose Porter, Abdihakin Asgar
Filmography: R (2010)
Print Source: Magnolia Pictures - www.magpictures.com