dir. Janus Metz, Denmark, 2010, 91 mins
Screening times
May 12 18:00, Kinoteka 1
May 13 21:00, Muranów
May 13 19:00, Kinoteka 7
May 14 17:30, Muranów
May 14 21:00, Kinoteka 3
May 14 21:00, Kinoteka 5
May 15 19:30, Kinoteka 3
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"You can count on some action; I promise it'll be interesting." This is music to the ears of Danish soldier Mads. The prevailing image of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq is one of mind-numbing monotony and excruciating boredom. So when Mads is sent out for the first time, he is hoping for some excitement and adventure. To him, war is a children's book come alive. Stationed in Afghanistan's Helmand Province, Mads and his comrades are assigned to guard the square kilometer around the Armadillo military base. The Taliban is making advances in the area and gaining increasing support among the local population. This heightens the dangers of the energy-sapping patrols over the barren and dusty sand plains. We follow the Danish army unit from very close by with jolting, tilting, swirling cameras. It feels like a video game, as if we are right there in the middle of the action. But when the shooting starts, it becomes all too clear that this is no game. It is a thrill that the soldiers greet as a welcome shot of adrenalin, one that is far more powerful than what they get from the shooting games on their computers. The film crew was embedded in Armadillo for six months, and they risked their own lives following the young soldiers around.

Wybrane nagrody i festiwale /Selected festivals and awards: 2010 – MFF Cannes, Nagroda Krytyków/IFF Cannes, Grand Prix, 2010 – MFF Amsterdam/IDFA, 2010 - MFF Toronto/Toronto IFF, 2010 – FF Londyn, Nagroda Griegersona/London FF,Griegerson Documentary Award, 2010 – FF Zurich, Nagroda dla Najlepszego Filmu Dokumentalnego/FF Zurich, Best Documentary Award.


Zdjęcia/Cinematography by: Lars Skree
Producent/Production: Sara Stockmann, Ronnie Fridthjof

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Very direct, but despite being a good film, there was not much surprising about the issues. Having watched other documentaries, todays soldiers want action and not save the world. Of course they are changed after such experiences and of course the political reasons for being there cannot be believed by the soldiers after staying in Afganistan for some months. The soldiers get their reality show and the politicians get their agenda through and both parties know very well, that democracy won't happen there. That is cynical..but hard to find a way out (except making documentaries about the issue) (JOA)
gets lost in 3rd act. Trailer is fantastic but film doesn't live up to it. (yanek)
Overhyped I'm afraid. Disappointing. I've seen better war documentaries. (baskar)