THE GUILTY (Den Skyldige)
Rotten Tomatoes: 99% / 100% / 93%
The ending of this film will blow you away. From its impassive beginning as a police procedural you'll think you know where the story is going. Not so. Exceptional writing and direction quickly elevate the storyline, building tension with every gripping twist and turn, revealing an unexpected moral dilemma. Jakob Cedergren is commanding as the lead while excellent camera work and audio editing complete the masterpiece.
THE GUILTY is a pulse-pounding race against time that has wowed viewers around the world: Audience Award Winner at Sundance; also winning at the Seattle, Rotterdam, Philadelphia, Montclair, Thessaloniki and Zurich. Critics agree: "Stunning" "Riveting - It never slows down" "Exhilerating" "Thrilling" ...
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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. Telling a complete story within a single setting often fails to sustain a feature-length film. But, with THE GUILTY it is an integral part of the film, not a gimmick nor a budgetary restriction. Director Gustav Möller expertly frames the increasingly complex proceedings against the stark Scandinavian simplicity 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.
The precise writing and Cedergren's acting combine to build Holm's character as the film progresses. In addition, the film is a masterclass in audio design, subtly altering conversations and background sounds to propel the plot and the impact upon the character's state of mind. Ditto for the lighting – which intensifies and changes hue as the climax approaches.
What really commands attention are Holm's facial expressions, shot from every conceivable angle. Sweat on his upper lip, the fear in his eyes, and his slumping shoulders allow the audience to feel events the same way he is experiencing them. This immaculate attention to detail enhances the audience's imagination in visualizing action and circumstances that neither they, nor the protagonist, can directly see. All-in-all, perfectly executed with profound, emotional results.
When police officer Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren) is assigned to deskwork while awaiting a court hearing, he expects a sleepy beat as an emergency dispatcher. His disinterest is palpable, until 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 kidnapper will take every bit of his detective's intuition and skill, as a ticking clock and his own personal demons conspire against him.
Holm embarks on a hair-raising journey to probe the mystery by any means necessary to return the woman to safety. He soon realizes that he's dealing with a crime much bigger than he originally thought and begins using his authority to intervene in ways that crosses ethical boundaries, merging the woman's plight with his own quest for moral redemption.
I believe that the strongest images in film, the ones that stay with you the longest, are the ones you don't see.
The idea for the film came when I stumbled across a real life 911 call from a kidnapped woman. The woman was traveling by car, and since she was sitting next to her kidnapper she was speaking in codes. At first I was just gripped by the suspense of the call, as any listener would be. But then I started reflecting on what made it so intriguing.
Even though I had just listened to a sound recording it felt like I had seen images. I had seen the woman, the car she was in, the road the car was on, and even the kidnapper sitting next to her. I realized, that every single person listening to that phone call would see different images: a different woman, a different kidnapper, and so on.
I started thinking: What if you used this idea of mental imagery, in film? My vision with making THE GUILTY has been to make a suspenseful and character-driven thriller, but more than that to make a film that gives every single audience member a completely unique experience.
☀ THE GUILTY, director Gustav Möller, Denmark, 2018, 85 minutes, Rated "R" for language.
☀ DATES & TIMES:
Saturday, December 1, 2018, 7 PM
(double feature Saturday with UNDER THE TREE)
Wednesday December 5, 2018, 7 PM
Venue opens Saturday at 3:00, seating at 3:30; Tuesday at 6:00; seating at 6:30.
Late arrivals will be seated at management discretion.
the newly renovated GARFIELD THEATRE, 719 Race St, Cincinnati 45202. – Learn more
☀ TICKETS: Online or call (859) 957-3456.
Single Screening, THE GUILTY:
Adult general admission, $10 advance, $15 door.
Student/ArtsPass general admission, $8 advance, $12 door.
Saturday Double Feature, UNDER THE TREE + THE GUILTY:
Adult general admission, $16 advance, $20 door.
Student/ArtsPass general admission, $12 advance, $16 door.
Student and ArtsPass ticket holders must show valid ID upon arrival.
Advance sales cut off four hours before show time; thereafter tickets will be available at the door.
☀ PARKING & DIRECTIONS:
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Ample parking at affordable rates — 1,700+ garage spaces within two blocks ‐ Gramercy Garage (next door, enter via Race, 7th or Elm streets), Garfield Garage (9th St., next to the Phoenix) and Macy's Garage (7th Street). Another 363 surface lot spaces within a couple blocks, plus numerous on-street meters. Other transport options include the Street Car, Metro, Tank, Uber, Red Bike, etc.
☀ ADA ACCESS: We have completely revamped and improved ADA access, with a direct path to wheelchair spaces and companion seats (no ramps, no stairs). Individuals using walkers or wheelchairs should call ahead to let us know your screening date and time, (859) 957-3456.
☀ DINING & LIBATIONS:
Across the street from the Garfield, you'll find the Butcher & Barrel, home of delicious shareables, salads, entrees and desserts, plus excellent wine, craft beer and mixed drinks. CWC patrons will receive a 15% discount on their order, excluding beverages.
Enjoy a pre- or post-film meal or coffee and dessert, or hang at the bar. You'll need your online ticket purchase confirmation or ticket stub from the event – discount valid only for the date of attendance at the Garfield.
Hours: TUE-THS - Dining, 5-10 pm; bar 3:30 - midnight. FRI-SAT - Dining 5-11 pm; bar 3:30 - 2:30. SUN - Dining 5-9 pm; bar 3:30 - 1-pm. Advance reservations recommended – (513) 954-8974. Check out the menus and photos: thebutcherbarrel.com.
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CAST & FILMMAKER BIOS
JAKOB CEDERGREN – "Asger Holm"
Jakob, born in Sweden, raised in Denmark, is an acclaimed actor who had his breakthrough in 2000 in the Danish miniseries "The Spider" (Ole Christian Madsen). He has since then worked in numerous film, TV and theatre projects at home and abroad. One of the first films abroad was "Rage" by Sally Potter in 2009. He was named Shooting Star under the EFP program in 2005.
In 2009 he won both the Danish Academy Award and the Critics Association Award for Best Actor in "Terribly Happy" (Henrik Ruben Genz). He was nominated for both awards as Best Actor again in 2011 in "Submarino" (Thomas Vinterberg), in 2014 for "Sorrow and Joy" (NilsMalmros) and as Best Supporting Actor in 2017 for "Across the Waters" (Nicolo Donato). He was nominated for Best Actor at the European Film Awards 2011 for "Submarino".
JESSICA DINNAGE – "Iben"
Jessica (1993) is a young actress who graduated from the Danish National School of Performance Art in 2016. She has done a lot of theater, and in 2017 she has had roles in three Danish feature films including "The Man" (Charlotte Sieling) and "The Guilty".
JOHAN OLSEN – "Michael"
Johan Olsen (1969) was born in Copenhagen. "The Guilty" is Johan's first feature film. Besides acting Johan is a biologist at University of Copenhagen and is the lead in two Danish rock bands.
OMAR SHARGAWI – "Rashid"
Omar (1974) was raised by his Danish mother and Palestinian father in Copenhagen. He is a self-taught director, working previously as a still photographer. Shargawi made his debut as director with the feature film "Go with Peace Jamil" (2008).
GUSTAV MÖLLER – Director & Screenwriter
Gustav (1988) was born in Gothenburg, Sweden. He graduated from The National Film School of Denmark in 2015 with the film "In Darkness" which won the Next Generation Award in Haugesund. "The Guilty" is his feature length debut.
LINA FLINT – Producer
Lina (1987) graduated as a producer from The National Film School of Denmark in 2015. Right before she finished Film School she founded the experimental department Nordisk Film Spring and premiered with her first feature "The Elite" (Thomas Daneskov). "The Guilty" is the first feature to premiere from Nordisk Film Spring.
EMIL NYGAARD ALBERTSEN – Screenwriter
Emil (1988) was born in London, England. He graduated from the Danish Film School in 2013. He has written two TV-series for the Danish broadcaster DR. "The Guilty" is his second feature film.
JASPER SPANNING – Cinematographer
Jasper (1987) was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. He graduated from The National Film School of Denmark in 2015. During film school he shot his first feature, "The Elite" (Thomas Daneskov) which won grand prix at CPH PIX in 2015.
CARLA LUFFE – Editor
Carla (1989) is an editor based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her work spans wide between fiction and commercials. She graduated from The National Film school of Denmark in 2015, and has quickly become one of the leading young editors in Scandinavia, working with directors such as Bille August and Martin Werner. Her sensitive eye for emotion and timing has given her a well-known reputation among the Scandinavian film community.
OSKAR SKRIVER – Supervising Sound Editor
Oskar (1985) graduated as Sound Editor from The National Film School of Denmark in 2011. He already had done a large number of features and television dramas such as; "Kapringen (A Hijacking)" (Tobias Lindholm), "1864" (Ole Bornedal), "April 9th" (Roni Ezra), "In Your Arms" (Samanou A. Sahlstrom), "Luis and The Aliens" (Wolfgang Lauenstein) and the Oscar-nominated "A War" (Tobias Lindholm).