The Guilty

Synopsis & Film Details

Denmark’s official 2019 Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film has thrilled international audiences with its stripped-down approach to the crime drama. When police officer Asger Holm is demoted to desk work, he expects a sleepy beat as an emergency dispatcher. That changes when he answers a panicked call from a kidnapped woman, who abruptly disconnects the line. Confined to the police station, Asger is forced to rely on others as his eyes and ears, as the severity of the crime slowly becomes more clear. The search to find the missing woman and her assailant takes every bit of his intuition and skill. In his debut feature, filmmaker Gustav Möller expertly frames the increasingly messy proceedings against the sterility and secrecy of the police department, while veteran Danish actor Jakob Cedergren anchors The Guilty as the tragically flawed yet well-intentioned cop. In Danish, with English subtitles.
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Director: Gustav Möller
Denmark (2018) • 85 minutes • Rated R
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

With youth filmmaker awards
Before the film, meet the winners of our 2018 youth filmmaker competition, from Video Production Academy students at Sunnyside High School and from digital video production students at Fresno City College. Students were asked to make short “silence your cell phone” videos, to be used before Filmworks screenings. Winners are: Jon Troxell (first place), Smile Yang (second place), and Marlene Avila, Andrei Wong, and Naomi Ramos (honorable mention).

Mentors for the contest were Filmworks board member Carlos E. Rincón and advisory board members Katie McQuone Botello and Bryan Harley. Awards funding was provided by the John Kelly Memorial Fund.