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HIJACKING, A

Denmark, 2012 (MIFF 2013, International Panorama)

Director: Tobias Lindholm

"A powerful and intensely watchable film."  Screen Daily

Tobias Lindholm (co-writer of The Hunt, MIFF 2012) settles into his second stint behind the camera in typically taut style, crafting an intelligent, intricate thriller ripped from the headlines. Forgoing sensationalist action in favour of an almost unbearably tense realism, he chronicles the capture of a Danish freighter by Somali pirates.

The Killing's Søren Malling takes charge as the shipping company's CEO, handling the ransom demands in-house. Cross-cutting between the plight of the hostages and the extended negotiations to secure their safety, the film is claustrophobic in its confined dual focus and volatile in its suspense as growing tensions onboard and offshore threaten catastrophe.

Applauded on the international festival circuit with screenings at Venice, Toronto and London films festivals, A Hijacking is "a detailed, gripping and powerful high-seas hostage tale", according to Indiewire.

Malling scored the Danish Film Academy's 2013 Best Leading Actor award ahead of A Royal Affair's Mads Mikkelsen, while A Hijacking took Best Feature Film and Best Screenplay.

"Hostage thrillers are all-too-often shrill affairs, with clock-watching screenwriters wringing maximum melodrama from spiraling disorder. Not so Tobias Lindholm's superb A Hijacking, which actually grows more chillingly subdued as its nightmare scenario unfolds."  Variety

D/S Tobias Lindholm P Tomas Radoor, René Ezra Dist Madman Entertainment L Danish, Swedish, English w/English subtitles TD DCP/2012


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