CS: What was your main inspiration behind making a film about war?

TL: There are two things – war films have always fascinated me. I don’t think there is a better arena to tell stories about human beings under extreme pressure and what it is to be a human being and what it does to human life. The whole American post-Vietnam war films have inspired me a lot. I remember watching Path of Glory – it was one of my favourite films by Kubrick in film school. Basically I’ve been looking for a story to tell . . .

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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.