A story of one of the most spectacular kidnappings in recent times. The protagonist is the young Danish photojournalist Daniel Rye who was held hostage for 398 days in Syria by the terror organisation Islamic State along with several other foreign nationals, including the American journalist James Foley. The film follows Daniel’s struggle to survive in captivity, his friendship with James and the nightmare of the Rye family back home in Denmark as they try to cope with the fear that they may never see their son alive again. At the centre of this crisis, we find hostage negotiator, Arthur, who plays a pivotal role in securing Daniel’s release.
Niels Arden Oplev born 1961, Denmark. After film studies at Copenhagen University, Arden Oplev graduated in direction at the National Film School of Denmark in 1989.
His documentary film ‘Hugo from Himmerland’ (1987) won First Prize at three film school festivals. The film was followed by his graduation film ‘Winter’s End’ (1989) starring Max von Sydow, honoured at the Student Film Festival in Montreal, chosen as Best Fiction in Mexico City and nominated for an Academy Award in 1991.
Arden Oplev has contributed to several popular Danish TV series such as ‘Taxi’ (1997-99), ‘Unit 1’ (2000-03) and ‘The Eagle’ (2004-06) - the latter two as concept director.
His feature film debut ‘Portland’ (1996) was selected for the Berlinale, and ‘We Shall Overcome’ (2006) took home the Crystal Bear at the Berlinale as well as 26 other international awards. ‘Worlds Apart’ (2008) was selected for Generation 14plus at Berlin. ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ (2009), produced by Swedish Yellow Bird Films and based on novelist Stieg Larsson’s popular thriller trilogy, is Arden Oplev’s fifth feature film, a winner at the BAFTAs, the British equivalent to the Oscar, and a worldwide box office success.
He subsequently directed ‘Speed Walking’ (2014) and served as concept director on the American TV series ‘Mr. Robot’ (2015). He made his international feature film debut with ‘Flatliners’ (2017). In 2019 he returned to Denmark with the adaptation of Danish author Puk Damsgårds bestselling novel ‘The ISIS Hostage’.