The Danish Film Institute announced this morning that Tobias Lindholm‘s “A War” (Krigen) will be the country’s official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 88the Academy Awards. The film was selected from a 3-film shortlist that also included Anders Thomas Jensen‘s “Men and Chicken” and Joshua Oppenheimer‘s “The Look of Silence.”
This is Lindholm’s followup to his highly acclaimed debut “A Hijacking,” and follows a group of Danish soldiers in Afghanistan and the morally complex decisions they face while in a war zone. Pilou Asbæk‘s lead performance and Lindholm’s incredible talent to create compelling and challenging human narratives around divisive issues have garnered critical acclaim. The film premiered at the most recent Venice Film Festival.
The official synopsis for the film describes it as follows: “Company commander Claus M. Pedersen (Pilou Asbæk) and his men are stationed in an Afghan province. Meanwhile back in Denmark Claus’ wife Maria (Tuva Novotny) 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.”
International sales are being handled by Studiocanal. Magnolia Pictures has U.S. rights.
Denmark was last nominated in the category back in 2014 with Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Hunt,” a film that Lindholm co-wrote. The last time the Scandinavian nation won the award was back in 2011 with Susanne Bier’s “In a Better World.”