A still from 'A War'. Photo: Per Arnesen/Nordisk Film
In ‘A War’, actor Pilou Asbæk plays military commander Claus Pedersen, who leads a Danish battalion in Afghanistan. While Pedersen struggles with the rigours of war, his wife in Denmark must try to hold their family together in his absence.
'A War' has been praised in the international press and sold to the US and at least 20 other countries.
The film was written and directed by Tobias Lindholm, who was also a writer on the hit TV series ‘Borgen’, in which Asbæk played spin doctor Casper Juul.
It was recently announced that Asbæk will have a prominent role in the sixth season of smash hit TV series Games of Thrones. The actor will also play the the role of Pontius Pilate in a new 'Ben-Hur' reboot due out later this year.
The Danish Film Institute (DFI) picked the war drama as the national nominee over the two other short-list finalists, ‘Men & Chicken’ and ‘The Look of Silence’.
Denmark will also be well-represented at the Oscars ceremony by the film ‘The Danish Girl’, which tells the story of transgender pioneer Lile Elbe. Eddie Redmayne, who plays Elbe, was nominated in the ‘Best Actor’ category while Swedish starlet Alicia Vikander was nominated for ‘Best Supporting Actress’.