With the October 1 Oscar submission deadline looming, Denmark has finally made its choice.
Nordisk’s Venice debut “A War,” written and directed by Tobias Lindholm (who directed “A Hijacking” and wrote “The Hunt” and TV series “Borgen”), follows company commander Claus M. Pedersen (“Borgen” and “A Hijacking” star Pilou Asbæk), who is stationed in Afghanistan as his wife Maria (Tuva Novotny) tries to hold their three kids together back in Denmark. During one mission, in order to save his soldiers caught in heavy crossfire, Pedersen makes a grave decision.
In Denmark, writes David Bjerre, 26 feature films and 5 documentaries were eligible. The final three also included Josh Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing” sequel “The Look of Silence” and frequent Susanne Bier collaborator Anders Thomas Jensen’s “Men & Chicken,” which played the recent Toronto festival.