Shorta

  • 108'
  • Denmark
  • 2020

“I can't breathe”, says Talib Ben Hassi repeatedly during the opening shot of this tense Danish thriller. The preceding events aren't shown. What counts is that the 19-year-old doesn’t survive his arrest and that means trouble.

Shorta (Arabic for ‘cops’) tags along with two policemen during the volatile day that follows. Going against orders, the gruff, racist old hand Andersen and his more progressive colleague Høyer are in the (fictional yet very real) deprived district of Svalegården. When the pressure cooker explodes, they only want one thing: to get out, preferably with their arrestee. Easier said than done.

Directors Anders Ølholm and Frederik Louis Hviid, who are both making their feature film debut, expertly turn up the tension whilst showing more and more of their lead characters’ complexity.

Directors
Anders Ølholm, Frederik Louis Hviid
Country of production
Denmark
Production Year
2020
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
Length
108'
Medium
DCP
Languages
Danish, Arabic
Producers
Signe Leick Jensen, Morten Kaufmann
Production Company
Toolbox Film
Sales
Charades
Cinematography
Jacob Møller
Editor
Anders Albjerg Kristiansen
Production Design
Gustav Pontoppidan
Sound Design
Morten Green
Music
Martin Dirkov
Cast
Jacob Hauberg Lohmann, Simon Sears, Tarek Zayat