Gustav Möller / Denmark, Norway 2018 / 85 min / Cert 15 / Subtitles
Denmark’s entry for the 2019 Academy Awards is a high-concept, low-budget and skilfully muscle-tensing thriller. Jacob Cedergren gives an amazing performance as Asger Holm, a Danish police officer in The Guilty. Holm is embroiled in a bit of controversy and is therefore relegated to working in an emergency response centre. While on duty he picks up on a kidnapping case with more than meets the ear. “Möller’s short, taut debut feature never leaves the claustrophobic confines of the call centre, but builds a vivid aural suspense narrative through the receiver, all while incrementally unboxing the visible protagonist’s own frail mental state” (Variety).