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A Hijacking

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The cargo ship MV Rozen is heading for harbour when it is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. Amongst the men on board are the ship’s cook Mikkel (Pilou Asbæk) and the engineer Jan (Roland Møller), who along with the rest of the seamen are taken hostage in a cynical game of life and death. With the demand for a ransom of millions of dollars a psychological drama unfolds between the CEO of the shipping company (Søren Malling) and the Somali pirates.


Written & Directed by Tobias Lindholm

Producers Tomas Radoor & René Ezra

Executive Producers Henrik Zein, Lena Haugaard & Thomas Heinesen

Director of Photography Magnus Nordenhof Jønck,

Editor Adam Nielsen

Composer Hildur Gudnadottir

Line Producer Maj-Britt Paulmann Dalsgaard

Art Director Thomas Greve

Sound Design Morten Green

1st AD Anders Barlebo

Gaffer Sune Lolk

Stylist Louise Hauberg


Mikkel Hartmann: Pilou Asbæk
Peter C. Ludvigsen: Søren Malling
Lars Vestergaard: Dar Salim
Jan: Roland Møller
Connor Julian: Gary Skjoldmose Porter
Omar: Abdihakin Asgar
Marian Hartmann: Amalie Alstrup
Kamilla Hartmann: Amalie Vulff Andersen
Anette Ludvigsen: Linda Laursen
Captain: Keith Pearson


“GRIPPING FROM FIRST FRAME TO LAST. For long stretches of time we forget we are watching a film at all.” - Kenneth Turan, LA Times.
“A BRILLIANT THRILLER.” - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“***** SOMETHING TRULY SPECIAL. A briskly paced triumph.” – Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out NY

“IT KEEPS YOU RIVETED. An unshowy, quietly intense drama with grace notes in every scene- and a hellish punch. Abdihakin Asgar’s performance is one of the year’s best.” – David Edelstein, New York

“IF ‘A HIJACKING’ WERE AN AMERICAN MOVIE, IT WOULD BE WIDELY PROCLAIMED AS ONE OF THE BEST FILMS OF THE YEAR. A brilliantly constructed, character-based thriller that leaves the moral calculus to us.” – Andrew O’Hehir, Salon

“A FANTASTICALLY TAUT THRILLER. A haunting film, a slow turn of the screw on a narrative that tightens with every scene. It's definitely worth seeking out.” – Alynda Wheat, People

“AN ASSURED, INTENSE THRILLER. A probing psychological case study and a ripped-from-the-headlines exploration of modern sea piracy.” – A.O. Scott, NY Times

“NEVER LESS THAN RIVETING.” – Ty Burr, Boston Globe

“REMARKABLE. A wiry, neatly crafted thriller that maintains its cinematic grandeur.” – Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice

“**** BRILLIANT.” – Farran Smith Nehme, NY Post

“****” – Joe Neumeier, NY Daily News



“A HOSTAGE PROCEDURAL PAR EXCELLENCE, this thriller slowly turns the screws, as days become weeks, and nerves become seriously jangled.” David Fear, Time Out NY

“A tense and intricately shot drama. Powerful and intensely watchable. Masterful. Pilou Asbaek (who starred in R) is moving and memorable as the genial chef whose sanity starts to crack, while equally fine is Søren Malling as the shrewd, calm professional businessman who feels he must take responsibility for the situation.”
– Mark Adams, Screen Daily

“GRADE A-. A detailed, gripping, and powerful high-seas hostage tale. A gem. An absorbing, highly moving film that’s lingered heavily on the mind. Lindholm has established himself as a huge talent. One of the very best pictures of the whole festival [Venice Film Festival].” – Oliver Lyttelton, The Playlist/Indiewire

“A smart and sensitive thriller.” – Bob Strauss, LA Daily News

“Superb. Actually grows more chillingly subdued as its nightmare scenario unfolds. Shot on location on the Kenyan coast, on a real ship with its own history of hijacking, the pictures eschews sensationalism at every turn of its spare but tightly wound narrative. Riveting… with a stunning final-act twist landing the deciding emotional blow.” – Guy Lodge, Variety

“Riveting” – Anne Thompson, Indiewire

“Denmark’s hottest new writer-director. A tensely economical study of leadership, teamwork and negotiation in high-pressure crisis situations. A production which exudes impressively steely control. Illuminatingly and sensitively dramatizes an easily-overlooked global crime phenomenon.” – Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter

“Lucid and riveting!” – Nick Schager, slantmagazine.com

4 STARS – Time Out (London)

“A tack-sharp, heart-in-the-throat Danish procedural.” – Aaron Hillis, Filmmaker Magazine

“A smart, gripping thriller.” – Nick Dawson, Filmmaker Magazine

“(This) powerful, slow-burning psychological thriller makes the threat of Somali pirate attacks seem palpably relevant. (A) white-knuckle nightmare.” – Village Voice

“Keep(s) you riveted… (and) thoroughly unnerved. An unshowy, quietly intense drama with grace notes in every scene – and a hellish punch.”
– David Edelstein, New York Magazine

Date for DVD release subject to change.