In “A War,” writer/director Tobias Lindholm—perhaps best known to American audiences as the wordsmith behind popular TV series “Borgen”
and Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Hunt”—follows up 2012’s “A Hijacking” by delving into the Danish military’s involvement in Afghanistan. When company commander Claus M. Pederson (Pilou Asbæk) is forced to make a terrible battlefield decision, the consequences play out not only for him, but also for his wife (Tuva Novotny) and three children back in Denmark.
Now in U.S. theaters from distributor Magnolia Pictures, the exclusive featurette above explains how the Best Foreign-Langauge Film contender recreated the tense atmosphere of the front lines, the domestic lives of those with loved ones serving in the armed forces, and the gulf that opens up between them. Among the fascinating revelations? Lindholm required his cinematographer to hide behind walls and follow the soldiers as a protective measure, fostering the “realistic crispness” he sought.