Archive of films Armadillo / Armadillo

Denmark / Sweden
2010, 100 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2010

Documentarist Janus Metz and cameraman Lars Skee spent six months with a group of Danish soldiers at the Armadillo army base in Afghanistan. The outcome of their work is a gripping and highly authentic war drama that was justly awarded the Grand Prix de la Semaine de la Critique at this year’s Cannes film festival.


Synopsis

In February 2009 a group of Danish soldiers accompanied by documentary filmmaker Janus Metz arrived at Armadillo, an army base in the southern Afghan province of Helmand. Metz and cameraman Lars Skree spent six months following the lives of young soldiers situated less than a kilometer away from Taliban positions. The outcome of their work is a gripping and highly authentic war drama that was justly awarded the Grand Prix de la Semaine de la Critique at this year’s Cannes film festival. But it also provoked furious debate in Denmark concerning the controversial behavior of certain Danish soldiers during a shootout with Taliban fighters. The filmmakers repeatedly risked their lives shooting this tense, brilliantly edited, and visually sophisticated probe into the psychology of young men in the midst of a senseless war whose victims are primarily local villagers. Yet more disturbing than scenes in which Taliban bullets whiz past their cameras is the footage of the young soldiers as each tries, in his own way, to come to terms with putting his life constantly on the line.

About the director

Janus Metz (b. 1974, Denmark), graduated in communication and international development studies from Roskilde University. During a year-long stay in Johannesburg in 2002-03 he worked on the South African series "Soul City.” This experience inspired him to shoot his own documentary debut Township Boys (2006). His 2008 picture Ticket to Paradise (Fra Thy til Thailand), treating the topic of Danish men who marry Thai women, took a Special Mention at CPH:DOX and screened to appreciative audiences at this year’s One World festival.

Contacts

Danish Film Institute
Gothersgade 55, 1123, Copenhagen
Denmark
Tel: +45 337 434 00
Fax: +45 337 434 01
E-mail: dfi@dfi.dk
www: www.dfi.dk

TrustNordisk
Filmbyen 22, 2650, Hvidovre
Denmark
Tel: +45 368 687 88
Fax: +45 367 744 48
E-mail: info@trustnordisk.com
www: www.trustnordisk.com

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
   
Director: Janus Metz
Dir. of Photography: Lars Skree
Music: Uno Helmersen, Mug Shot
Editor: Per K. Kirkegaard
Producer: Ronnie Fridthjof, Sara Stockmann
Production: Fridthjof Film
Contact: Danish Film Institute, TrustNordisk
   
www: www.armadillothemovie.com

Guests

Janus Metz

Film Director, Film Director

Rikke Ennis

Sales Agent


Silje Nikoline Glimsdal

Sales Agent

Per Kirkegaard Pedersen

Film Editor


Rasmus Winther Jensen

Film Crew

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