The cargo ship MV Rozen is heading for harbour when it is hijacked by Somali 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.

Director's Statement

Before I was born my father was a seaman, but never spoke to me about it. Maybe that is why the sea has always been on my mind. With the hijackings of the Danish-owned freighters DANICA WHITE and CEC FUTURE in 2007 and 2008, I became aware of a reality that I did not know existed. A reality where shipping companies are forced to negotiate directly with pirates. A reality where pirates earn millions of dollars and a reality where seamen are held hostage for months without any influence on their own fate. I couldn't make a film about the truth of the hijackings in the Indian Ocean, because I don't believe that truth exists. But I could make a film about seamen, pirates, CEOs and relatives. Because they do exist. And if A HIJACKING feels like it is about them, then I am very close to my goal.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Tobias Lindholm

Written by: Tobias Lindholm

Produced by: Tomas Radoor, René Ezra

Cinematography: Magnus Nordenhof Jønck

Editing: Adam Nielsen

Production Design: Thomas Greve

Costume Design: Louise Hauberg

Original Score: Hildur Guðnadóttir

Sound: Morten Green

Cast: Søren Malling, Pilou Asbæk

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2013