Tobias Lindholm made his directorial debut in 2010 with the exceptionally raw prison-drama R (co-directed by Michael Noer, 2010). More recently, Lindholm has established himself as one of Europe’s most remarkable screenwriters. He has written several episodes of the Danish political drama Borgen and has gained an enormous amount of success on the festival/awards circuit for his work with fellow Dane Thomas Vinterberg – Lindholm penned Vinterberg’s Submarino (2010) and The Hunt (2012). A Hijacking is Lindholm’s first feature as a solo director.
The cargo ship MV Rozen is bound for Mumbai when it is hijacked by Somali pirates. Mikkel Hartmann (Pilou Asbæk), a cook on board the ship, must facilitate negotiations between the head of the shipping company in Copenhagen and the pirates to secure the crew’s safety and release. However, the negotiation process becomes long and arduous as the pirates demand an extortionate ransom. CEO Peter Ludvigsen (Søren Malling) is advised to hire a professional to deal with the situation but he demands to handle it himself, and as time goes on it becomes more and more unlikely that a monetary agreement will be met.
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