A WAR nominated for LUX Prize

The nominees for the 2016 LUX Film Prize have been announced, with Tobias Lindholm’s A War being the sole nominee for Scandinavia.

The LUX Prize is given out each year by the European Parliament to cast a spotlight on the diversity of European cinema and its importance in building social and cultural values. It was announced at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Here are the selected films:

As I Open My Eyes – Leyla Bouzid (France/Tunisia/Belgium/United Arab Emirates)
A Syrian Love Story – Sean McAllister (United Kingdom)
Letters from War – Ivo M Ferreira (Portugal)
A War – Tobias Lindholm (Denmark)
Things to Come – Mia Hansen-Løve (France/Germany)
Like Crazy – Paolo Virzi (Italy/France)
My Life as a Courgette – Claude Barras (Switzerland/France)
Sieranevada – Cristi Puiu (Romania/France)
Suntan – Argyris Papadimitropoulos (Greece/Germany)
Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade (Germany/Austria/Romania)

A War follows company commander Claus M. Pedersen (Pilou Asbæk) and his men as they are stationed in an Afghan province. Meanwhile back in Denmark Claus’ wife is trying to hold everyday life together with a husband at war and three small children During a routine mission the soldiers are caught in heavy crossfire and in order to save his men Claus has to make a very difficult decision.

The winner will be announced at the end of the month.


Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.