This thriller follows its protagonist – an emergency dispatcher racing to rescue an abducted woman – minute by white-knuckle minute.
Southeast AsianDenmark / 2018 / 85 MIN / Danish
Danish emergency dispatcher Asger Holm receives a distress call from a woman being kidnapped. The call disconnects, but the former police officer has enough to go on. Armed with only his phone and his intuition, he begins an investigation that takes him outside the law and brings him face-to-face with the skeletons in his closet.
Set entirely within the confines of a call centre, this taut thriller is a triumph of economical filmmaking. Director Gustav Möller makes efficient use of a slim budget, trusting star Jakob Cedergren’s tormented expressions to tell the story. Aided by intelligent cinematography and sound design, Möller turns his small set into a personal abyss, handcuffing the audience to Holm as his investigation spirals into obsession. The Guilty pocketed Audience Awards at Sundance, Rotterdam and Transilvania International Film Festival this year.
Cast & Credits
Swedish-born Gustav Möller graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 2015. His thesis short film In Darkness won Norwegian International Film Festival’s Next Nordic Generation Award in that same year. The Guilty is his debut feature.
Gustav Möller, Emil Nygaard Albertsen
Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Johan Olsen
*Audience Award, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018
*Youth Jury Award, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018
*In Competition, VPRO Big Screen Award, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018
*In Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competiton, Sundance Film Festival 2018