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CINEMA: A War
Monday 9th May, 2016 - 20:00€6
Company commander Claus Michael Pedersen and his men are stationed in an Afghan province. Meanwhile back in Denmark Claus’ wife Maria is trying to hold everyday life together with a husband at war and three children missing their father. During a routine mission, the soldiers are caught in heavy crossfire and in order to save his men, Claus makes a decision that has grave consequences for him and his family back home.
Director’s Statement: “I have never been a solider. I have never been at war. I have only observed war; in the news and as entertainment. So when I decided to make Krigen, I had to find people who had witnessed war; Danish soldiers and Taliban warriors, relatives and refugees. I needed to understand the complexity and the logic although not to tell the truth about warfare for I do not believe that such truth exists. But in order to tell stories about humans in war. Because they do exist. And to me Krigen is about them.”
“A War” is a film done exactly right about a situation gone horribly wrong. – Los Angeles Times
Well-intentioned if indistinguishable drama with Pilou Asbæk as a Danish commander battling IEDs, civilian mistrust and indifference from home. – Peter Bradshaw The Guardian
Doesn’t seek to break new ground in the ongoing cinematic investigation of the Afghanistan conflict; rather, it scrutinizes the ground on which it stands with consummate sensitivity and detail.
Guy Lodge Variety
A War is a methodical movie that pivots from the backwaters of Afghanistan to a courtroom in Denmark.
Nicolas Rapold New York Times
The action in “A War” unfolds so spontaneously, and unpredictably, that you share the young soldiers’ sense of danger without realizing it at first.
Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal
A War never shies away from the true horror of its central subject matter, and succeeds in feeling visceral and emotionally powerful.
Eric Eisenberg Cinemablend
Like his 2012 film “A Hijacking,” Danish writer-diretor Tobias Lindholm’s drama “A War” explores the theme of moral compromise with an uncomfortably astringent honesty.
Michael O’Sullivan Washington Post
Director: Tobias Lindholm
Running Time: 115 mins
Cert: 15A Language: Danish, English, Pashto
Starring: Pilou Asbaek, Tuva Novotny, Soren Malling, Charlotte Munck, Dar Salim, Dulfi Al-Jabouri, Alex Hogh Andersen