Edgy Danish action thriller Shorta, directed by Frederik Louis Hviid and Anders Ølholm, unfolds in the aftermath of the killing of 19-year-old Talib Ben Hassi while in custody. The film follows two police officers, Jens and Mike, who are on routine patrol in a minority-heavy neighborhood when news of Talib’s death breaks, igniting a violent riot. Suddenly, the two officers find themselves trapped and must fight to find a way out.
The action-packed thriller, which deals with racism and police brutality in Denmark, has been compared similar to Ladj Ly’s Oscar-nominated Les Miserables (HIFF 2019).
Shorta represents a new voice for action films in Europe, and a new voice addressing the flaws of modern society.
Elsa Keslassy, Variety