The cargo ship “MV Rozen” is heading for harbor when it is boarded and captured by pirates in the Indian Ocean. Amongst the men on board are the ship’s cook Mikkel and the engineer Jan, who along with the rest of the seamen are taken hostage in a cynical game of life and death. With the demand for a ransom of millions of dollars a psychological drama unfolds between the CEO of the shipping company and the Somali pirates. —La Biennale di Venezia
Tobias Lindholm (born 1977) is a Danish screenwriter and film director.
Lindholm is a frequent collaborator of film director Thomas Vinterberg, with whom he has written the screenplays for feature films Submarino and The Hunt, as well as writing the scripts for his own films: hard-hitting prison movie R and hostage drama A Hijacking. The latter premiered at the 2012 Venice Film Festival in the Orizzonti section.
Lindholm has also made a mark for himself on TV as a regular episode writer on Danish political TV-series Borgen, credited on all 20 episodes of the series first two seasons, either as an episode writer or storyline contributor. —Wikipedia
Refreshingly free of heroics, the film crafts believable and empathetic central characters. Lindholm turns a subject matter replete with waiting and boredom into a riveting watch by careful balancing of the stories of those involved. However, the film's tight focus comes at the cost of showing the motives and lives of the Somali pirates.