Company commander Claus Michael Pedersen and his men are stationed in an Afghan province. Meanwhile back in Denmark Claus’ wife Maria 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.

Director's Statement

I have never been a solider. I have never been at war. I have only observed war; in the news and as entertainment. So when I decided to make A WAR, I had to find people who had witnessed war; Danish soldiers and Taliban warriors, relatives and refugees. I needed to understand the complexity and the logic although not to tell the truth about warfare for I do not believe that such truth exists. But in order to tell stories about humans in war. Because they do exist. And to me A WAR is about them.

Director's Biography

Tobias Lindholm has written several episodes of the BAFTA winning TV series BORGEN (2009-2010) and co-wrote SUBMARINO (2010) and THE HUNT (2012), together with Thomas Vinterberg, the prison drama R (2010) was a writer-director collaboration between Tobias Lindholm and Michael Noer and marked their debut as feature film directors. R was selected for the Rotterdam IFF, received the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film in Gothenburg in 2010 and the Danish Critic’s Bodil Award for Best Film in 2011, where Lindholm also received a special commendation for his writing on R and SUBMARINO.
His second feature film as director, A HIJACKING (2012), received the Danish Academy Award (2013) for best screenplay and feature film, won Best Nordic Film at Gothenburg FF (2013) and fascinated both audiences and critics all over the world. In 2013 Lindholm received the Sundance Institute – Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award.

2015 - THE COMMUNE, as screenwriter
2015 - APRIL 9, as screenwriter
2012 - THE HUNT, as screenwriter
2012 - A HIJACKING, as screenwriter & director
2012 - THE HOUR OF THE LYNX, as screenwriter
2010 - SUBMARINO, as screenwriter
2010 - R, as screenwriter & director (with Michael Noer)
2008 - SOMMER (TV series), as episode writer
2008-11 - BORGEN (TV series), as episode writer

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Tobias Lindholm

Written by: Tobias Lindholm

Produced by: René Ezra, Tomas Radoor

Cinematography: Magnus Nordenhof Jønck

Editing: Adam Nielsen

Production Design: Thomas Greve

Costume Design: Louize Nissen

Make-Up & Hair: Bjørg Serup

Original Score: Sune Rose Wagner

Sound Design: Morten Green

Main Cast: Dulfi Al-Jabouri (Lutfi "Lasse" Hassan), Dar Salim (Najib Bisma), Pilou Asbæk (Claus Michael Pedersen), Tuva Novotny (Maria Pedersen), Søren Malling (Martin R. Olsen), Charlotte Munck (Kajsa Danning)

Nominations and Awards

  • People's Choice Award 2016
  • Feature Film Selection 2016