The Arms Drop

Directed by: Andreas Koefoed
94 minutes
VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 4
Sun 27th Sep 17:20
Premiere Screening

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VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 5
Wed 30th Sep 17:20
2nd Screening

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As Indian Journalist Udayan Namboodiri comments, the Purulia Arms Drop is “considered one of the biggest intelligence failures in the history of India”. This is quite a feat to document but director Andreas Koefoed triumphs, delivering a tense documentary that mixes masterful, cinematic reconstructions with testimonies from the real life players. This entices throughout, constantly shifting The Arms Drop between a gripping conspiracy thriller and an intimate touching story about two individuals and how much they are willing to pay for justice. Danish activist Niels Holck is appalled by the political atrocities committed to the Indian people as a result of the conflicts between Delhi’s congress central government and Calcutta’s communist interests. He seeks to smuggle weapons into West Bengal to arm their guards. Enter Peter Bleach, British arms dealer who oversees the logistics. The tension mounts as we witness the planning and execution of their mission. And then chaos. The job goes wrong, and Bleach waits for the Indian and British intelligence forces to arrest Holck and liberate him. This does not happen: Holck flees and Bleach is falsely arrested and starved in an Indian prison. What follows must be watched; ‘The Arms Drop’ is a political mystery gem.
Original Title
94 min
Andreas Koefoed
Tobias Lindholm
Andreas Koefoed
Miriam Nørgaard
Manuel Claro
Manuel Claro
Niels Thastum
Musta Ali
Mikhali Belinson
Sami Darr
Paul McEwan
Andreas Führer
Screening Status
UK Premiere