“Den skyldige/The Guilty” (2018) Danish thriller, Denmark’s Oscar proposal for 2019, has hit the Romanian theaters today, November 9. The film represents the debut feature film of 30-year-old director Gustav Möller, who also co-wrote the script.
It was screened in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and has been shortlisted at numerous international film festivals such as the ones in Rotterdam, Montclair, Seattle and also at TIFF in Cluj-Napoca.
The movie lured the international media’s appraisal.
“A high-concept, low-budget and skilfully muscle-tensing Danish thriller, to which you can imagine Tinseltown angling for the remake rights,” according to variety.com.
“Denmark’s Gustav Möller cranks up the dial with The Guilty, an uber high-concept, low-budget, tense thriller set in a cramped call centre using tight close-ups, over-the shoulder prowls and applause-worthy sound design”, also reads the review on the screendaily.com
The preview has taken place at Cinema AFI Palace Cotroceni on November 7, while the movie will be on screens in 39 cinemas in 25 Romanian cities as of today. It is distributed by Bad Unicorn.
“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”, according to the sinopsis.
Trailer available here.