A Hijacking


A film by Tobias Lindholm
Starring Pilou Asbæk, Søren Malling, Dar Salim

A psychological drama about a cargo ship that is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean.

The cargo ship MV Rozen is heading for harbour when it is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. Among the men on board are the ship’s cook Mikkel (Pilou Asbæk), 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.

Tobias Lindholm made his directorial debut with the tough prison drama R (co-directed with Michael Noer, 2010). As a scriptwriter Lindholm has worked with Thomas Vinterberg on the acclaimed drama Submarino (winner of the Nordic Council Film Prize) and The Hunt (2012) with Mads Mikkelsen in the leading role (winner, Best Actor, Cannes 2012). Since 2010 he has written several episodes for the internationally acclaimed and BAFTA winning Borgen with Pilou Asbæk and Søren Malling in leading roles.

As with Tobias Lindholm’s debut R, which was filmed at the former Horsens State Prison, A Hijacking is filmed under realistic conditions. The crew filmed in secret in pirate filled waters in the Indian Ocean on a freighter which itself had previously been hijacked and with a real professional negotiator in a central role.

A Hijacking is an absorbing, highly moving film that’s lingered heavily on the mind for a couple of days now. —Oliver Lyttelton, indieWIRE


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Country of Production
English, Danish, Swedish
Running Time
99 mins

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