A Hijacking / Kapringen

Filmmaker / writer Tobias Lindholm makes his solo directorial debut in A Hijacking / Kapringen. A story about the unbeknownst reality and emotional / moral tension of a cargo ship held hostage by pirates, and the tense dialogue that determines the fate of every individual involved.

Film story details can be read as follows:

“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 (2010), 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 produced by Tomas Radoor and René Ezra for Nordisk Film Production with support from The Danish Film Institute, DR and Nordic Film & TV Fund. Domestic release is set for September 20th through local distributor Nordisk Film.”

Director’s statement as follows:

“Before I was born my father was a seaman, but he never spoke to me about it. Maybe that is why the sea has always been on my mind.

With the hijackings of the Danish-owned freighters “Danica White” and “Cec Future” in 2007 and 2008, I became aware of a reality that I did not know existed. A reality where shipping companies are forced to negotiate directly with pirates. A reality where pirates earn millions of dollars and a reality where seamen are held hostage for months without any influence on their own fate.

I couldn’t make a film about the truth of the hijackings in the Indian Ocean, because I don’t believe that truth exists. But I could make a film about seamen, pirates, CEOs and relatives. Because they do exist. And if KAPRINGEN feels like it is about them, then I am very close to my goal.”

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A Hijacking / Kapringen, 2012

Tobias Lindholm