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November 15, 2012 8:45 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: Magnolia Pictures Acquires Venice Fest Danish Thriller 'A Hijacking'

Magnolia Pictures has picked up North American rights to Tobias Lindholm's “A Hijacking,” which recently won the audience award in the AFI Fest’s New Auteurs program. The specialty distributor plans a theatrical release in the spring.

Pilou Asbæk, Søren Malling and “Game of Thrones” actor Dar Salim star in the timely dramatic tale of ordinary men working on a cargo ship that is taken hostage by Somali pirates. Tomas Radoor and René Ezra produced the project for Nordisk Film with support from the Danish Film Institute, Danish Broadcasting Corporation and Nordic Film and TV Fund.

"‘A Hijacking’ is a strikingly intelligent, thrilling and timely film," said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles. "Tobias Lindholm is a talent to be reckoned with."

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“A Hijacking” had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and went on to play the Toronto, London, Tokyo and Abu Dhabi fests, with Malling winning the best actor prize at the latter. TrustNordisk also has sold territory rights to France (Ad Vitam), the UK (Arrow Films), Benelux (A-Film), Turkey/Cyprus (Calinos Entertainment) and Korea (Atnine Films).

Magnolia's Dori Begley negotiated the deal with Susan Wendt of TrustNordisk.

Magnolia has recently released “2 Days in New York,” “Compliance” and “A Royal Affair,” which it also acquired from TrustNordisk. Forthcoming releases include “The Hunt,” “Deadfall” and Terrence Malick’s “To the Wonder.”

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