‘The Guilty’ wins Critics Prize in Zurich

The Danish film The Guilty has won the Critics Prize at the Zurich Film Festival over the weekend. 

Alarm dispatcher Asger Holm answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. When the call is suddenly disconnected, the search for the woman and her kidnapper begins. With the phone as his only tool, Asger enters a race against time to save the endangered woman. But soon he realises that he is dealing with a crime that is far bigger than he first thought.

The Guilty is directed by new director Gustav Moller and was funded through the New Danish Screen, which supports first-time directors. The film has proven to be a huge success at film festivals, and will receive a U.S. theatrical release later this month. It is also Denmark’s selection for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. 

Meanwhile, the Danish documentary Heartbound won the award for Best International Documentary. Directed by Janus Metz (Borg/McEnroe) and Sine Plambech, the documentary explores the 900 Thai women living in a region in Jutland that are married to Danish men. The trend started 25 years ago when a former sex worker from Northeastern Thailand married someone from Jutland and has since helped lonely men and impoverished women find someone to marry and share their lives with.

Watch the trailer for the two films 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.