Director Janus Metz Pedersen
Genre Documentary
Runtime 105 minutes
Country of Origin Denmark
Language Danish
Supplier Trust Nordisk
Festivals/Awards Critics Week Grand Prize - Cannes Film Festival 2010
Release Date In theatres on April 29, 2011


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...

Critics Week Grand Prize - Cannes Film Festival 2010

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Press & Articles

“The moral uncertainty of war is conveyed with devastating effect in a remarkable dispatch from Afghanistan's frontline” - The Guardian

“War doc 'Armadillo' deeply moving ” - Sun Media

“Pick of the week: The greatest war film ever made?” - Salon

“Fortunes and Misfortunes of War, From a Danish Perspective” - The New York Times

“In the firing line: A grunt's eye view of war” - The Guardian

“Armadillo Review: ****” - Empire

“Gripping documentary gets inside skin of men in wartime” - New York Daily News

“'Armadillo': The spoils of war” - The Toronto Star

“'Armadillo' Review” - The Hollywood Reporter

“Janus Metz, "Armadillo'” - Filmmaker Magazine


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