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Tobias Lindholm, 2012

Arrow Films

This teeth-grindingly tense Danish thriller combines the sweaty Midnight Express-like claustrophobia of a boat seized by Somali pirates with the starchy and no-less-suffocating surrounds of a Danish office charged with negotiating the crew’s release.

As communications grow fractious between CEO Søren Malling and his Somali counterpart Abdihakin Asgar (both terrific), director Lindholm teases out and tantalisingly prolongs the progress.

The capricious Somali captors are never demonised but there is another threat to contend with: the fickle hand of fate, with whom there is no negotiating.

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