Default, directed by Colombian director Simon Brand, and picked up by the distribution company Wild Bunch, had its world premiered at the NY Colombian Film Festival this year at the end of March.
Described as a claustrophobic thriller, Default, focuses on the hijacking of an American news crew’s plan on an African runway, and stars David Oyelowo as Atlas, a Somali pirate and leader of plane hijackers, who want to tape an interview with Frank Saltzman, the plane crew’s newsman.
With a script penned by Jim Wolfe Jr. and Dan Bence, Default also stars Greg Callahan, Katherine Moennig, and Stephen Lord. Joining Oyelowo, other actors of African descent in the film include Senyo Amoaku, Benjamin Ochieng, Mohamed Dione, Kamal Moummad, Peres Owino and Karim Ndiaye.
“It’s a Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity-style film… you really feel like you’re there… We saw the film and fell for it immediately – it sort of came out of nowhere. CAA, which is handling North America, thinks it will be the standout pic at Sundance,” said Wild Bunch’s sales chief Vincent Maraval.
It’s former music video director Simon Brand’s 3rd feature film.
Here’s more about the film, courtesy of Wild Bunch:
What at first seems to be a simple ransom demand slowly becomes something much more. The hijackers, led by a mysterious Somali pirate known only as Atlas, want to tape an interview with the crew’s legendary newsman, Frank Saltzman. For the sake of his comrades Saltzman agrees, but quickly finds himself engaged in a deadly battle of wits with his powerfully intelligent captor.
The more Saltzman tries to uncover the hijacker’s true intentions, the more he finds himself revealing his own inner heart of darkness. And as the outside world’s attempts to engage the hijackers are thwarted at every turn, the hostages realize they have only themselves to rely on if they are to survive.
Oyelowo will be seen next portraying Martin Luther King, Jr. in the highly anticipated Ava Duvernay-directed Selma.
Watch the trailer for Default below: