The Guilty




The Guilty

The movie is in Danish with English subtitles



When police officer Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren) is demoted to desk work, he expects a sleepy beat as an emergency dispatcher. That all changes when he answers a panicked phone call from a kidnapped woman who then disconnects abruptly. Asger, confined to the police station, is forced to use others as his eyes and ears as the severity of the crime slowly becomes more clear. The search to find the missing woman and her assailant will take every bit of his intuition and skill, as a ticking clock and his own personal demons conspire against him.

This innovative and unrelenting Danish thriller uses a single location to great effect, ratcheting up the tension as twists pile up and secrets are revealed. Director Gustav Möller expertly frames the increasingly messy proceedings against the clean Scandinavian sterility of the police department, while Cedergren's strong performance anchors the film and places the audience squarely in Holm's tragically flawed yet well-intentioned mindspace





Running Time
Rating
85 minutes
14A
Release to DVD: T.B.A.






The Critics Comment






The New Yorker/Anthony Lane
"The Guilty" is smartly constructed and tautened with regular twists, but, if it were merely clever, it wouldn't test your nerves as it does.

Los Angeles Times/Kenneth Turan
If the setting of "The Guilty" couldn't be simpler, its immaculate execution by first-time director Gustav Möller couldn't be more gripping and involving.

Hollywood Reporter/Michael Rechtshaffen
In his feature debut, filmmaker Gustav Moller masterfully ratchets up tension without the benefit of the usual visual aids, forcing viewers to dust off their imaginations and put them to work with chillingly effective results.

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Awards





Baltic Debuts Film Festival Winner: Best Film

Camerimage Winner: Best Directorial Debut

Macao International Film Festival Winner: Best Actor, Best Director

Miskolc International FIlm Festival Winner: Emeric Pressburger Prize, Ecumenical Award

Montclair Film Festival Winner: Audience Award

Rotterdam Film Festival Winner: Audience Award

Seattle Film Festival Winner: Golden Space Needle Award

Sundance Film Festival Winner:: Audience Award

Thessaloniki Film Festival Winner: Audience Award, Best Actor

Torino Film Festival Winner: Achille Valdata Award, Audience Award

Valladoid International Film Festival Winner: Golden Blogus Award, Best Screenplay

Washington DC FilmFest Winner: Special Circle Award

Zurich Film Festival Winner: Critics Choice Award





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