FILM: Hit First, Hit Hardest (Certificate TBC)

A young convict receives a brutal lesson in survival in Tobias Lindholm’s hard-hitting prison drama.

Rune (Pilou Asaek) begins a long sentence at one of the toughest prisons in Denmark, where violence is meted out without mercy.

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The new arrival attempts to keep his head down and not draw attention but it soon becomes clear that to survive behind bars, he will need protection. So Rune aligns himself with one of the prison’s gangs, learning the unspoken rules with his friend, Muslim prisoner Rashid (Dulfi al-Jabouri).

Rune convinces himself that he is the master of his destiny but rival gang leaders have other ideas and they conspire to put Rune in his place.

Released: August 26 (UK, selected cinemas), 99 mins.