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"A Hijacking" - SIFF's Nordic Lights Film Festival at the Film Center

We will be viewing the 4:00 pm showing of the Danish film “A Hijacking” (2013) at the SIFF Film Center which is located at the Seattle Center and not the SIFF/Uptown Theater which is a few blocks away. This film is part of the Nordic Lights Film Festival which is co-sponsored by SIFF and the Nordic Heritage Museum and will be shown only one time.

“A Hijacking” is similar to the film “Captain Philips” in that it depicts the takeover of a commercial ship by Somali pirates. Unlike the Hollywood production this film not only depicts the action on board the MV Rozen, which was actually hijacked in 2007, but shows the impact on the families of the ship's crew and the negotiation between the ship owner and the pirates. Here is a description of the film copied from the rottentomatoes web site:

"A tense, gripping thriller, A Hijacking avoids action movie cliches and instead creates a palpable sense of dread by mixing gritty realism with atmospheric beauty.

"The cargo ship MV Rozen is heading for harbour when it is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. Amongst the men on board are the ship's cook Mikkel (Pilou Asbæk) and the engineer Jan (Roland Møller), who along with the rest of the seamen are taken hostage in a cynical game of life and death. With the demand for a ransom of millions of dollars a psychological drama unfolds between the CEO of the shipping company (Søren Malling) and the Somali pirates."

Here is a preview of this film:

A Hijacking - trailer

“A Hijacking” is rated at 95 on; here is a link to that web site where you can read or scan all or some of the reviews to see if this film is for you:

tomatometer - A Hijacking

Here are some snippets from some reviews:

A high-seas hostage-taking and resulting negotiations are absorbingly dramatized in this low-key Venice standout from Denmark's hottest new writer-director. (Hollywood Reporter)

No mainstream American thriller could ever be made about this subject that resisted simple-minded narrative clichés the way "A Hijacking" does, or that refused to depict its characters as either heroes or villains. (Salon)

"A Hijacking" tells its tale as plainly as its title, without Hollywood action, without true heroes or villains, without the expected emotional button-pushing. (Capital Times)

Meet me in the back of the screening room (do not wait for me in the lobby) starting around 3:45. I am an Asian male who wears glasses and who will probably be wearing a cap of some type (beret, black rain hat, African brimless cap (kufi). A head shot of me appears in the photo section of my profile so you can see for whom to look. My cell phone,[masked], will be on until the start of the program. Please note that I use a “dumbphone” which is voice only (no data capability but it does meet Mil Standard 810G and can operate in a wide range of hostile environments such as a sandstorm) so do not text me or post a message on the web site; I will not be able to read these.

Please note that the screening room at SIFF's Film Center is small so it is advised that you purchase your ticket in advance which can be done here:

A Hijacking on-line ticket sales

There will be an optional beverage and snack stop at the conclusion of this film (i.e., after all the credits have rolled by). Meet me in in the lobby of the theater. We will either patronize the Armory (the food court formerly called the Center House) or a local pizza joint or something similar.

George Liu


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  • Sue D.

    Movie was great, saw The Good Life that showed prior also. Next fest they have I hope to see more in the series.

    January 19, 2014

  • Alex M.

    I will need to remove my RSVP as well unfortunately.

    January 18, 2014

  • Harry S

    Not sure if I can make this movie in time, so I am removing my rsvp just in case.

    January 18, 2014

  • Harry S

    George, it looks like the map is incorrect on this event. When you click on the link, it shows the pin in the Northgate area. Isn't this event over by Seattle Center?

    January 17, 2014

    • George L.

      Harry: You are correct. I had to use an alternate name for the venue in order to get the correct location on a map. Thanks for pointing this out.

      January 17, 2014

  • George L.

    Important Notice: while the earlier address for the SIFF Film Center was correct the map gave the wrong location. Please use the updated map which is based on the updated name of the venue.

    January 17, 2014

  • George L.

    This venue has only 100 seats so you might think about paying the extra buck (or is it $1.25) to ensure that you get a seat.

    1 · January 17, 2014

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