Actor Jakob Cedergren has revealed to Ritzau that filming for his starring role in Gustav Möller’s debut feature The Guilty (Den skyldige) was so intense that he had to physically distance himself from family.
In the movie, a police officer is working a shift as an emergency dispatcher when he receives a distressed call from a kidnapped woman. Using others as his eyes and ears, he searches for the missing woman while a ticking clock and his own personal demons conspire against him.
Cedergren said: “I was tired when we were done. It was an intense state to be in. It is such a high octane story and only escalates as it progresses. It was like having to keep an engine running all the time and couldn’t turn it off. It was physically tiring.”
“During the last days of filming I moved to a hotel for a few days. I knew that those days would be very hard and intense so I took a little time away from the family because I just couldn’t be there at that moment.”
However, his sacrifice reaped rewards at the Sundance Film Festival where it won the World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award. Cedergren continues: “We had the world premiere at Sundance, and it was a really crazy experience to watch the movie with an audience for the very first time.”
“Some said that it was a wildly exciting crime thriller, while others were emotionally affected by it. But what they all had in common was that they had been surprised by it, and you can’t ask for more than that.”
The Guilty premiered in Denmark on 14th June and has already been sold to 90 countries worldwide including the UK, USA, taly, France, Spain, Germany and China.