West Coast Premiere
Asger Holm prepares for another routine night at work as a dispatch officer. It is his last day in the role; he hopes to be reinstated for active duty the next day. However an emergency call from a kidnapped woman will change his entire life. As the call is disconnected, Holm is thrown into a race against time to save the caller, but not everything is what it seems and what he suspects is a kidnapping might be something much, much bigger.
Gustav Möller’s one location, high-concept thriller set over the course of one night is a brilliant example of how much a terrific actor and a nail-biting script can achieve. One of the big hits out of Sundance, “The Guilty” is incredibly clever in its construction; what is driven by the central concept expands to allow a smart and incredible character examination. Asger’s flawed nature is laid bare with real humanity, yielding a depth not usually seen in films of this nature.
To say any more would be a disservice to a film whose pleasures are best experienced blind. Once the credits roll at the film’s conclusion, know that you will be able to breathe again.
Director: Gustav Möller
Egyptian Theatre: Shudder Screen