Tobias Lindholm Quotes.
No doubt there is a Scandinavian wave. I guess everybody is just surfing their wave until it breaks and hoping it won’t be too soon.
I’ve never been a soldier. In Denmark, at 18, as a male, you go in a draw, and if they pick you, you go and serve for a year. I didn’t.
I have three sons, and the oldest wants to play pirates all the time. It has all these associations of living some kind of very free life. It’s interesting for me as a filmmaker to show a whole different side of that.
Denmark is a small nation of five million people, but our economy is completely dependent on our commercial fleet. Every family has some connection to it.
I’m a filmmaker; I want to make films. I don’t want to sit in a hotel room waiting to make films, and I can control my thing in Denmark; I can make the film I want to make… of course, I have to write a good script, all that, but if I do my job, it will happen.
In 2007 and 2008, the first two Danish ships were hijacked. I started to research it. I’ve had the idea of writing in this arena for a long time, but I could never find the angle of what kind of story.
My dream is that my kids grow up into nice people; that’s my dream.
Everyone in Denmark has at least two or three sailors in their family; sea travel is part of the DNA of our nation, and because of that, I’d always wanted to tell a story aboard a ship.
Everybody can write a beginning and an ending, but to actually define that middle point where everything will go from professional to person, where everything will change, is always the hardest part, because it can very easily be too constructed, too artificial.
I love to work with friends.
I never thought about writing the part where the pirates get on board the ship. I wasn’t interested in that. I’m not an action director. I’m sure that other guys could do it a lot better. I couldn’t put my heart into it.
It seems like as soon as you have written something, it dictates a story. So I need to be careful.
Denmark is a country built on a commercial fleet. That’s basically what we have been doing. We’re just a small country of islands, and every family has a sailor.
My mother – she’s a good old classic Northern European socialist – she’s totally wonderful, but she raised me up believing that rich people have stolen their money from poor people.
The camera cannot leave the man, but the man can leave the camera. It’s in the style of documentary where you make an agreement between a camera and a man and say, “I’m going to film you now.”