U.S. rights to Danish director Janus Metz’s Afghanistan war doc “Armadillo” have been picked up by Lorber Films. Richard Lorber, CEO of Kino Lorber negotiated the deal with Susan Wendt, head of sales at TrustNordisk. The film ignited debate about the rules of engagement and thrill-seeking behavior of young soldiers.
Metz gained very intimate access to his subjects before their deployment, and then embedded himself with their combat unit at “Armadillo,” the forward operating base in Afghanistan’s perilous Helmand province. The film was the first documentary to screen in the Critics’ Week competition at Cannes last May where it picked up a prize followed by other nods including the Grierson Award at the London Film Festival as well as six Cinema Eye nomination. The film also screened at DOC NYC in New York and the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
“‘Armadillo’ literally explodes on the screen,” commented Lorber in a statement. “Unlike any other war documentary I’ve ever seen this astute exploration of the culture of war matches young soldiers’ hyper state of mind with the filmic correlative—like ‘Apocalypse Now’ it’s pure cinema on steroids.”
Current and upcoming Lorber releases include “Le Quattro Volte,” “Mademoiselle Chambon,” “Army of Crime,” “Salt of this Sea,” “Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould,” “Two in the Wave” and “Videocracy.”