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“A Hijacking” (original title “Kapringen”) is a Danish thriller directed by . The film revolves around the hijacking of a Danish cargo ship by Somali pirates and the subsequent negotiations for the release of the crew. The narrative unfolds on two fronts: the intense, high-stakes negotiations led by the shipping company's CEO in Denmark and the harrowing experiences of the hostages on board the ship.


“A Hijacking” received critical acclaim for its tense and realistic portrayal of a hijacking situation. The film is praised for its authenticity, avoiding Hollywood-style sensationalism in favor of a more grounded and suspenseful approach. The performances, particularly those of and , were lauded for their depth and realism. Lindholm's direction and the film's focus on the human cost of such incidents added to its critical acclaim.


The MV Rozen, a Danish cargo ship, is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. The ship's cook, Mikkel Hartmann, and a few other crew members are taken hostage, facing an uncertain and perilous situation. Onboard, they endure the harsh conditions imposed by the pirates.

In Denmark, the CEO of the shipping company, Peter Ludvigsen, is thrust into a challenging role as the negotiator with the pirates. The film alternates between the tense, high-pressure negotiations in Denmark and the struggles faced by the hostages on the ship.

As the negotiations unfold, both sides grapple with the complexities of resolving the crisis. The captors demand a large ransom, and the company faces moral and ethical dilemmas as they attempt to protect their employees. The hostages, led by Mikkel, confront the psychological and physical toll of captivity.

The film delves into the psychological toll on the hostages and negotiators alike, exploring the human cost of such a traumatic event. It avoids simplistic hero-villain dynamics, presenting a nuanced portrayal of individuals caught up in a crisis beyond their control.


“A Hijacking” received several awards and nominations. It won the Golden Alexander for Best Film at the Thessaloniki Film Festival and the New Auteurs Audience Award at AFI Fest. The performances and the film's realistic portrayal of the hijacking earned acclaim at various international film festivals.


While not a blockbuster, “A Hijacking” gained popularity within the realm of international cinema enthusiasts. Its critical success and gripping narrative contributed to its recognition, especially among those who appreciate intense, character-driven dramas.

Directed by
Written by
Produced by
  • Rene Ezra
  • Tomas Radoor
Cinematography Magnus Nordenhof Jønck
Edited by Adam Nielsen
Music by Hildur Guðnadóttir
Release dates
  • 3 September 2012 (Venice )
  • 20 September  2012 (Denmark)
Running time
99 minutes
Country Denmark
Languages Danish


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