Ever wondered where the ‘Stockholm Syndrome‘ meaning came from? Coming next month you will get a chance to see The Captor (aka Stockholm), starring Ethan Hawke and Noomi Rapace.
Fact is stranger than fiction in this furiously taut crime caper based on the absurd but true story of the 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis. One that was set in Stockholm, Sweden which saw the captor Lars (Hawke) who slowly becomes attracted to one of his hostages, Bianca (Rapace). Strangely over time she becomes attracted to Lars and starts to side with him.
The film has played some international film festivals, leaving with some really positive reviews. Especially for Hawke’s performance (which comes with a big wig and cowboy hat) but also the film’s dark humour.Does feel like a old style heist film, with a tone that sometime touches on Dog Day Afternoon.
Signature Entertainment are releasing the film in the UK and today have released the film’s UK Trailer…
1973, Stockholm, Sweden: Self-styled outlaw Lars Nystrom, high on pills, wearing a wig, shades and a cowboy hat, walks into a bank, pulls out a machine gun and fires into the ceiling, cranks up his portable radio, then declares ‘the party has begun’. He takes two bank workers hostage and demands his friend Gunnar is released from prison, $1million, and a getaway car.
As negotiations with the police reach a deadlock, one of the hostages, married mother Bianca, initially terrified by being held captive by the erratic Lars, becomes sympathetic, then strangely attracted to him. As the net tightens, and Lars is forced to take desperate measures, Bianca finds herself siding with criminal over cops.
The film also stars Mark Strong and Christopher Heyerdahl.Robert Budreau (Born To Blue) directing with Jason Blum producing.
The Captor will get a limited UK Cinema release as well as Digital HD on 21st June.