Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly. Update my browser now

×

Director of ‘A War’ on Making a Film That Respects the Complexity of Conflict

"I wanted to tell the story in that way instead of just announcing someone to be good and somebody to be evil but actually from a human perspective."

Oscar-nominated Danish film A War uses real soldiers to tell the story of a commander faced with an excruciating dilemma: save the lives of his men or possibly risk killing civilians. CNN’s Christiane Amanpour spoke to director Tobias Lindholm and star Martin Andersen about their drama.

“I wanted to make a portrayal of the war as a complex thing. It’s not simple. It can’t be written on Twitter in 140 characters, it’s impossible,” says Lindholm. “I wanted to tell the story in that way instead of just announcing someone to be good and somebody to be evil but actually from a human perspective, trying to put everyone down in the soldier’s boots and say ‘Do I want to save my men or do I want to risk the lives of civilians?’ Who could make that choice? I definitely know that I couldn’t. I wanted to make a story that respected the complexity of war.”

Close