The Captain and His Pirate
Directed by Andy Wolff / Somalia, Germany 2012 / 76 min
Only two films into a promising career, German director Andy Wolff (On the Other Side of Life, Milan Film Festival 2010 Best Feature Award) is unrivaled in creating a precise sense of place. In The Captain and His Pirate he offers a striking juxtaposition of location—a makeshift pirate camp on a Somali desert and an experimental German psychiatric hospital. In these distant places we meet two men, the eloquent pirate leader Ahado and the troubled former captain Krzysztof Kotiuk. Gradually, we learn the harrowing details of the four months they spent together as captive and overlord aboard the Hansa Stavanger cargo ship. As the men struggle to come to terms with their strange bond, we discover something more powerful than social roles or moral norms: the overriding human need to be understood.