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Tobias Lindholm, A Hijacking



Tobias Lindholm, a screenwriter turned filmmaker, demonstrates in A Hijacking, his first solo feature, a fidelity to reality. He chronicles the awful dilemma of a Danish crew hijacked by Somali pirates and the negotiations that stretch for months back in Copenhagen with the vessel's CEO. Lindholm, who filmed in the Indian Ocean, reveals he cast an actual hostage negotiator for that key role, as well as four survivors of a hijacking who reprised their real life drama as captured crew. He also insisted that the nine transoceanic phone calls between the pirates and the CEO that propel the film be filmed as they happen, not with prerecorded dialogue on each end. The film was chosen for the New Directors/New Films series at MoMA this past spring.
 

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