Armadillo

Armadillo Trailers

Original title Armadillo
Category War, Documentary
UK Release Date
Production year 2010
Production Country
Directors Janus Metz Pedersen
Cast Rasmus, Mads 'Mini', Daniel 'Olby', Kim 'Birkerod'
Distributor Thunderbird Releasing

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.