Tensions are high after a Danish freighter is captured and held for ransom by Somali pirates, leading to weeks of high-stakes negotiations—and an escalating potential for explosive violence—in Tobias Lindholm's grittily authentic thriller.
|May 28, 2013||6:30 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||Date has passed|
|May 31, 2013||1:30 PM||AMC Pacific Place 11||Date has passed|
When volatile Somali pirates ambush a Danish cargo ship in the Indian Ocean and demand a ransom for safe passage of the crew, the shipping company's CEO Peter Ludvigsen (Søren Malling) rashly decides to handle negotiations himself. After all, he reasons, he's a cutthroat dealmaker by trade. But tensions in the Copenhagen negotiation chamber soon echo those on board the freighter, and his confidence is not shared by the hostages as days in cramped, increasingly fetid confinement drag into weeks of high-stakes negotiations—and an escalating potential for explosive violence with no release in sight. Unflinching realism remains center stage throughout—a credit to director and screenwriter Tobias Lindholm, whose low-key, documentary style makes this fictional crisis all too believable. This is impressive, gripping moviemaking straight from news headlines, and a tense thriller about modern-day piracy that was one of the buzz titles at the Venice Film Festival.
Tobias Lindholm has written several episodes of the BAFTA winner Danish political TV series Borgen. Alongside Thomas Vinterberg, he co-wrote the 2010 feature film Submarino, which won the Nordic Council Film Prize. He has been described as one of the “most intriguing young filmmakers” from Denmark in the last few years. A Hijacking is Lindholm’s first time as a solo director.
|Principal Cast:||Pilou Asbæk, Søren Malling, Roland Møller, Dar Salim|
|Running Time:||99 minutes|
|Producer:||René Ezra, Tomas Radoor|
|Cinematographers:||Magnus Nordenhof Jønck|
|Awards:||Marrakech International Film Festival 2012 (Jury Prize); Palm Springs International Film Festival 2013 (Directors to Watch); Danish Film Academy Award 2013 (Best Film, Actor, Screenplay, Editor, Sound)|
|Language:||Danish, English, Somali|