Shorta

Denmark 2020
In Danish and Arabic, with English subtitles
108 min
Suitable for audiences aged 16 and above
Director: Anders Ølholm & Frederik Louis Hviid
Screenplay: Anders Ølholm & Frederik Louis Hviid
Cast: Javob Hauberg Lohmann, Simon Sears, Tarek Zayat
Production: Morten Kaufmann, Signe Leick Jensen / Toolbox Film
Print Source: Scanbox Entertainment

Shorta begins where films such as Do the Right Thing and Les Misérables abruptly stopped. That is an awfully ambitious (if somewhat foolhardy) setup for helmers Anders Ølholm and Frederik Louis Hviid to construct their debut feature — a thriller that’s both a relentless adrenaline rush and a social-issue Rorschach test for all who watch it. Whereas Spike Lee and Ladj Ly dedicated their movies to representing how different parties’ conflicting experience can boil over, Shorta deals with the immediate aftermath from the point of view of two police officers who find themselves in Copenhagen’s Svalegården ghetto when the rioting erupts.

Peter Debruge, Variety

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