Jakob Cedergren plays the lead as an emergency dispatcher in Gustav Möller's feature debut 'The Guilty,' selected as Denmark's official Oscar entry. Photo: Nikolaj Møller
After meeting Thursday, 20 September, for its final voting, the Danish Oscar committee announced Gustav Möller's 'The Guilty' as Denmark's official entry for the 2019 Foreign Language Oscar category.
'The Guilty' was chosen from a shortlist of three titles, comprising also Bille August's 'A Fortunate Man' and Hlynur Pálmason's 'Winter Brothers'.
'The Guilty' by Gustav Möller takes place over one single night at an emergency call center, following a policeman's race against time to save a kidnapped woman, with the phone as his only tool. The film won the Audience Award at its world premiere at Sundance and has since met with a warm critical reception across the board.
In Denmark, 139,000 tickets have been sold since it premiered in June, and in France, so far 260,000 cinemagoers have seen the thriller. The film is to be released in US theatres on 19 October by Magnolia Pictures, which also saw the US launch of the three Danish Oscar nominated films 'A Royal Affair,' 'The Hunt' and 'A War.'
'The Guilty' is Gustav Möller's feature debut. He wrote the script with Emil Nygaard Albertsen, and Lina Flint for Nordisk Film Spring has produced with support from the Danish Film Institute's talent scheme New Danish Screen.