Magnolia Picks Up Danish Thriller ‘The Guilty’

Sundance 2018: A former cop chases a kidnapped woman in Gustav Möller’s new film

Magnolia Pictures acquired North American rights to Gustav Möller’s critically acclaimed Danish thriller “The Guilty” following its screening at the Sundance Film Festival, the company announced Monday.

The film stars Jakob Cedergren as a former police officer and dispatcher who answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. When the call is suddenly disconnected, he begins a search for the woman and her kidnapper using a phone as his only tool. But soon he realizes that he is dealing with a crime that is far bigger than he first thought.

The film also stars Jessica Dinnage, Johan Olsen, Omar Shargawi and Katinka Evers-Jahnsen.

Möller and Emil Nygaard Albertsen wrote the screenplay, and Lina Flint produced. The film is a Nordisk Film Spring & New Danish Screen presentation.

The deal was negotiated by John Von Thaden, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions at Magnolia Pictures and Susan Wendt, Director of International Sales & Marketing at TrustNordisk on behalf of the filmmakers.

“Gustav Möller has devised an ingeniously executed thriller with ‘The Guilty,'” Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles said in a statement. “This is an incredibly accomplished feature debut, and Magnolia is excited to introduce him to American audiences.”

Wendt said, “We are very excited to have our friends at Magnolia on board for this one. This feels like the perfect match.”