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A Hijacking -- The crew of a Danish cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates who proceed to engage in escalating negotiations with authorities in Copenhagen.


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20 September 2012 (Denmark) See more »
The crew of a Danish cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates who proceed to engage in escalating negotiations with authorities in Copenhagen. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Strong drama about fear and responsibility See more (46 total) »


  (in credits order)

Pilou Asbæk ... Mikkel Hartmann

Søren Malling ... Peter C. Ludvigsen

Dar Salim ... Lars Vestergaard

Roland Møller ... Jan Sørensen
Gary Skjoldmose Porter ... Connor Julian
Abdihakin Asgar ... Omar
Amalie Ihle Alstrup ... Maria Hartmann (as Amalie Alstrup)
Amalie Vulff Andersen ... Kamilla Hartmann
Linda Laursen ... Anette Ludvigsen
Keith Pearson ... Kaptajn
Allan Arnby ... Niels Giversen
Bettina Schjerlund ... Jytte
Derrick Dharmakan ... Sømænd
Juma Mvita ... Sømænd (as Jumamvita)
Mikyan 'Thura' Aung ... Sømænd
Karim Chakera ... Sømænd
Abdi Rashid Yusuf ... Pirater
Abdullah Jamal Mohamed ... Pirater
Hassan Abdullahi Mussa ... Pirater
Mohamed Aden Kher ... Pirater
Hussein Aliigal ... Pirater
Shukri Guyo Tarso ... Pirater
Shukri Abdi Mohamed ... Pirater
Abubakar Ramadhan ... Pirater
Ali Daudi Osman ... Pirater
Hassan Aliaden ... Pirater
Mursal Ali Abdullahi ... Pirater
Eigil Hedegaard ... Crisis Team (as Carsen Eigil Hedegaard)
Peter Løvendal Kam ... Crisis Team
Jacob Lentz ... Crisis Team
Michael Christensen ... Crisis Team

Ole Dupont ... Bestyrelse
Michael Glockmann ... Bestyrelse
Ole Bager Nielsen ... Bestyrelse
Bjarne Nørgaard ... Bestyrelse
Jimmy Kei Yamaue ... Japansk Forretningsmand
Ken Christensen ... Japansk Forretningsmand
Tomizo 'Ika' Kitamoto ... Japansk Forretningsmand
Frank Mothe ... Journalister (as Frank Moltke)
Claus Friis ... Journalister
Bo Hau-Vangsøe ... Pårørende
Lise Nørskov ... Pårørende
Christina Cramer ... Pårørende
Sussie Nøhr ... Pårørende
Christoffer Sørensen ... Pårørende
Jakob Meyers ... Pårørende
Stelios Lambis ... Radiostemmer (voice)
Peter Baxter ... Radiostemmer (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Martin Boserup ... Ansat

Directed by
Tobias Lindholm 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tobias Lindholm 

Produced by
Rene Ezra .... producer
Lena Haugaard .... executive producer
Thomas Heinesen .... executive producer
Maj-Britt Paulmann .... line producer (as Maj-Britt Paulmann Dalsgaard)
Tomas Radoor .... producer
Henrik Zein .... executive producer
Original Music by
Hildur Guðnadóttir 
Cinematography by
Magnus Nordenhof Jønck 
Film Editing by
Adam Nielsen 
Casting by
Gro Therp 
Production Design by
Thomas Greve 
Makeup Department
Louise Hauberg .... makeup artist (as Louise Hauberg Nielsen)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anders Barlebo .... first assistant director
Søren Grau .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Johannes Elling Dam .... boom operator
Reda El-Kheloufi .... boom operator
Morten Green .... sound designer
Oskar Skriver .... sound effects editor
Visual Effects by
Martin Madsen .... digital compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Tue Bengtsson .... best boy
Sune Lolk .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Louise Hauberg .... stylist (as Louise Hauberg Nielsen)
Editorial Department
Morten Højbjerg .... trailer editor
Other crew
Cecilie Anna Christiansen .... production coordinator
Cole Dabney .... social media & marketing

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Kapringen" - Denmark (original title)
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Rated R for language
103 min
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

To make the phone call scenes between Søren Malling and Pilou Asbæk appear authentic on film, director Tobias Lindholm filmed those scenes as actual conference calls with Malling being in Denmark and Asbæk being in Kenya.See more »
Connor Julian:We can't rush these people. Time is a Western thing. It means nothing to them.See more »
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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Strong drama about fear and responsibility, 13 July 2013
Author: Ruben Mooijman from Ghent, Belgium

This hostage drama shows two different worlds: the despair of the crew on a vessel that has been hijacked by Somalian pirates, and the concern of the management of their shipping company in Copenhagen. The juxtaposition of these two worlds, connected by a dramatic event, is the strong cinematographic concept this film is built on.

The two worlds are very different. The crew on the ship is terrified by armed pirates they can't understand. They are locked up in a small room, where fear, heat, boredom and lack of food slowly drive them crazy. The managers in their design offices are dressed in tailored suits, wear cuff-links and drive limousines. Their fear is different, but far from negligible. The CEO chooses to personally negotiate with the pirates, and thus takes on the responsibility for the lives of his crew members. He is under great pressure from their families, from his board, and from the possibility that the press will report about the hijacking.

Director Lindholm focuses on two characters: the CEO of the shipping company and the cook on the vessel. The hijacking takes its toll on both of them, in different ways. The film switches from the clean offices in Copenhagen, where the CEO negotiates about the ransom, to the ship where the cook lives in continuous fear of being killed. The psychological approach of the film makes for great drama. Plus: this is a Danish film, so you can be sure the focus is on subtle human interaction, not on spectacular action scenes. The fact that the moment of the hijacking itself is not even shown, tells it all.

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