Cineuropa / Review

A Hijacking: A surge of adrenaline by Stefan Dobroiu 04/09/2012 - Written and directed by Tobias Lindholm, A Hijacking [trailer] explores a topic that has every chance to become popular with screenwriters and directors – the hijackings by Somali pirates. With Tom Hanks currently in post-production with Captain Philips, Lindholm has the advantage of releasing the first film based on a fictional, but very credible, hijacking in international waters. A Hijacking is everything you would expect from a film with such a dramatic theme – drama and tension, the performances are excellent and, just when you think the waters are calming for the cargo ship MV Rozen, there comes the ‘tsunami’. It’s not hard at all to greatly enjoy Lindholm’s screenplay, which is governed by the most fierce realism in… Read More →

Indiewire / Review

Venice Review: ‘A Hijacking’ Is A Detailed, Gripping & Powerful High-Seas Hostage Tale REVIEWS BY OLIVER LYTTELTON SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 2:18 PM   As exciting as it can be to be part of the audience at the first public screening of an eagerly anticipated film – the newPaul Thomas Anderson or Terrence Malick, the new Rian Johnson or David O. Russell – perhaps the purest pleasure that can be found at a film festival is that of discovery. Picking something semi-randomly from the program, with no A-listers, and no internationally-renowned filmmaker at the helm, and walking out a couple of hours later feeling that you’ve uncovered a gem, and have been the first to find a director who could be a major talent to watch. That’s the… Read More →

Variety / Review

By GUY LODGE A Nordisk Film Production presentation, in association with the Danish Film Institute, DR, Nordisk Film & TV Fund. Produced by Tomas Radoor, Rene Ezra. Executive producers, Henrik Zein, Lena Haugaard, Thomas Heinesen. Directed, written by Tobias Lindholm. With: Soren Malling, Pilou Asbaek, Gary Skjoldmose Porter, Abdihakin Asgar, Dar Salim, Ronald Moller, Linda Laursen, Amalie Alstrup, Amalie Vulff Andersen, Keith Pearson, Allan Arnby, Bettin Schjerlund. (Danish, English, Somali dialogue) Hostage thrillers are all-too-often shrill affairs, with clock-watching screenwriters wringing maximum melodrama from spiraling disorder. Not so Tobias Lindholm’s superb “A Hijacking,” which actually grows more chillingly subdued as its nightmare scenario unfolds. A fictional but sweatily plausible account of a Danish cargo ship ambushed by Somali pirates in the… Read More →


Venice 2012: Searching For The Golden Lion In The Festival’s First Half BY NEIL YOUNG SEPTEMBER 3, 2012 12:33 PM … Of the fifteen features I’ve seen so far, the only one I could unhesitatingly recommend is Toronto-bound “A Hijacking” (Kapringen) from Denmark’s writer-director du jour Tobias Lindholm – whose credits include BAFTA-winning political TV series “Borgen” and Thomas Vinterberg’s Cannes-awarded “The Hunt.” Lindholm collaborated with Michael Noer on 2010′s genuinely harrowing and narratively audacious prison drama “R” (which I like to describe as “‘A Prophet’ for grown-ups”) but goes it alone here, switching between a pirate-infested cargo ship in the Indian Ocean and its owners’ head office back in Copenhagen as negotiations drag on for days, weeks and months. A… Read More →


A Hijacking: Venice review 9:11 AM PDT 9/3/2012 by Neil Young Søren Malling and Pilou Asbæk star in Tobias Lindholm’s Danish drama about negotiations over a high-seas hostage situation. One of the more unheralded standouts at this year’s Venice, Denmark’s A Hijacking (Kapringen) is a tensely economical study of leadership, teamwork and negotiation in high-pressure crisis situations. Though the grimly serious tone and talk-heavy, action-light approach might perhaps render writer-director Tobias Lindholm‘s solo debut a tricky distribution sell overseas, it could yet ride the profitable, ongoing wave of adult-oriented Scandinavian fare’s international popularity. Small-screen prospects are particularly bright, and while the tight focus here pays claustrophic dividends, it’s easy to imagine this 103-minute version providing the basis for a multi-part miniseries. Premiering in… Read More →

ZIMBIO / Pics from Venice Film Festival

ZIMBIO “A Hijacking” Photocall – The 69th Venice Film Festival Director Tobias Lindholm attends the “A Hijacking” Photocall during the 69th Venice Film Festival at the Palazzo del Casino on September 3, 2012 in Venice, Italy. (September 2, 2012 - Source: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images Europe)

Toronto International Film Festival

tiff.festival’12 Tensions are high after a Danish freighter is captured and held for ransom by Somali pirates, leading to weeks of high-stakes negotiations — and an escalating potential for explosive violence — in Tobias Lindholm’s grittily authentic and suspenseful thriller.  PROGRAMMER’S NOTE A few days out of harbour 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 (Søren Malling), 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… Read More →


Lindholm reunites with R star for A Hijacking 13 February, 2012 | By Mike Goodridge Danish director Tobias Lindholm and actor Pilou Asbaek, who first collaborated on hard-hitting prison drama R in 2010, reunite for Lindholm’s new movie A Hijacking, which is being readied for completion by Cannes. Lindholm, who co-directed R with documentary film-maker Michael Noer, goes solo on A Hijacking which adopts the same uber-realistic style in telling the fictional story of a Danish cargo ship captured by Somali pirates. Asbaek plays one of the seven crew members who is held hostage, while Soren Malling plays the CEO of the shipping company back in Denmark who is involved in the negotiations to free the men while trying to pay the… Read More →


TENSE FIRST TRAILER FOR TOBIAS LINDHOLM’S VENICE SELECTED A HIJACKING (KAPRINGEN)  by Todd Brown, August 3, 2012 9:17 AM Ever since Tobias Lindholm first appeared on the international scene as co-director of prison drama R it was clear that he had the potential to lead a new generation of talent out of Denmark. Though R suffered somewhat from being released in the same year as Jacques Audiard’s similarly themed Oscar winner A Prophet it was clear that Lindholm was an uncommon talent and anticipation has run high for his sophomore feature – his first directing solo - A Hijacking (Kapringen). And considering that the film has just been announced as a World Premiere in Venice it would appear that anticipation was well founded. In the Indian Ocean a cargo ship… Read More →


Preview Somali Pirate Thriller ‘A Hijacking’ (Takes Tragic Global Economic Disparities Into Consideration) BY TAMBAY A. OBENSON AUGUST 15, 2012 12:24 PM “A Hijacking” The Somali pirate movie bomb-rush I expected to come over the last couple of years never did quite materialize, despite the few related projects that were announced. Here’s one that we’re just now learning about, and that I’d say, despite not seeming to tell the story strictly from the Somalian POV, actually looks like it could be, dare I say, comprehensive, fair and balanced in the overall story it seeks to tell. Although I certainly haven’t seen it yet, so I’m going solely on what I’ve read about it. From Danish filmmaker Tobias Lindholm comes A Hijacking. Its synopsis reads: Tensions are high… Read More →