A few days out of harbor in the Indian Ocean, the Danish freighter MV Rozen is captured by Somali pirates, who demand millions in ransom for the return of the ship and its crew. The head of the shipping company, Peter Ludvigsen, immediately hires a professional negotiator to work with him — then disregards the expert’s advice and insists on dealing with the pirates himself. As the days and weeks drag on with no end in sight, it’s clear that the job is much more than Ludvigsen bargained for. Meanwhile, the crew, their families, and the pirates themselves — some of them just kids, some apparently coerced into participating in the hijack — struggle to deal with the ever-mounting pressure, uncertainty, and potential for violence. An almost unbearably suspenseful procedural thriller, Tobias Lindholm‘s A Hijacking is also a fascinating window onto the phenomenon of modern piracy. –Toronto International Film Festival

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99 min
Not Rated
Year: 2012
Country: Denmark
Language: Danish with English subtitles
Festivals: Zurich Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Göteborg International Film Festival, New Directors/New Films
Director: Tobias Lindholm
Screenwriter: Tobias Lindholm
Cast: Søren Malling, Johan Philip Asbæk, Dar Salim