Director: Tobia LINDHOLM
DENMARK | 2015 - 115 minutes
Saturday 14th 6:00pm at Smith's Gym (indoor)
In the heat of battle in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Claus Michael Pedersen an army commander with an exemplary military record, has to choose to save the life of one of his men or a group of local civilians. He chooses his soldier. On his return home, he faces charges for unlawful killing.
Director Tobias Lindholm cites Michael Cimino's 1978 Vietnam war movie The Deer Hunter as his biggest influence for this project. Denmark, working with the USA and UK, deployed troops in Afghanistan from 2001 until 2013. The director says he wants "to provoke a conversation - not a debate - about how the Danes, both positively and negatively, contributed to the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan." Game of Thrones actor Pilou Asbaek who plays commander Claus Michael Pedersen, believes A War "heralds a new type of war film - one where there are no heroes".
The film was an Oscar Nominee for best Foreign Language Film in 2015.