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The Hijacking – Trailer and poster for Nordic thriller

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a_hijackingI first mentioned The Hijacking back in October last year. Since then there appears to have been a change in the release date as Tobias Lindholm’s taut thriller is now out on 10th May.

A tense, chilling drama following the emotional journeys of a ship’s crew as they are taken hostage in the Indian Ocean, A HIJACKING was the stand out film at the London, Venice and Toronto Film Festivals 2012.

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.

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 (BORGEN, A FAMILY) and Søren Malling (THE KILLING, BORGEN, A ROYAL AFFAIR) in leading roles. Dar Salim’s credits include GAME OF THRONES and THE DEVIL’S DOUBLE.

Check out the trailer below as this looks excellent.