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Denmark’s ‘The Guilty’ to be remade with Jake Gyllenhaal

Denmarks’ festival favourite of 2018, The Guilty, has been picked up for a remake in the United States, with actor Jake Gyllenhaal starring in and pioneering the project.

The original version won the World Cinema Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, is representing Denmark at the Oscars, is nominated at the European Film Awards, and was named one of the top five foreign language films of 2018 by the National Board of Review – all of which clearly make it attractive for a U.S remake (much like the Icelandic festival favourite Woman at War being picked up by Jodie Foster)

The premise of The Guilty is that it takes place within one room – an emergency call centre – and follows a police officer who has been demoted to desk work at the centre. When he receives a phone call from a kidnapped woman, he must use his limited resources and battle his internal demons in order to save her. 

Gyllenhaal will produce alongside production companies Nine Stories and Bold Films. The original film’s co-writer and director Gustav Moller will executive produce the remake.

The Guilty was released in the United States in October. You can watch the trailer below.

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.