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A War (Krigen)

Writer-director Tobias Lindholm offers a fresh perspective on the war in Afghanistan in this edge-of-the-seat drama, which has been selected by Denmark as its entry for the Best Foreign Language Film statuette at this year's Academy Awards. Events unfold through the eyes of Commander Claus M Pedersen (Pilou Asbek), who kisses farewell to his wife Maria (Tuva Novotny) and three children to lead his soldiers stationed in battle-scarred Helmand province. During a mission, Pedersen and his company are pinned down by heavy gunfire and the commander has to make a split-second decision which has devastating consequences for troops on the ground. Meanwhile, back in Denmark, Maria struggles to raise her brood alone without the physical and emotional support of her husband.