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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #30. Tobias Lindholm’s A War

A War

Director: Tobias Lindholm // Writer: Tobias Lindholm

Director and screenwriter Tobias Lindholm has received more attention for his work as screenwriter on a pair of Thomas Vinterberg titles (Submarino, 2010; The Hunt, 2012), and the upcoming The Commune. However, he’s at the forefront of rising Danish filmmakers thanks to his own films. Each year he’s worked with Vinterberg, Lindholm has also premiered his own directorial efforts, including 2010’s excellent R and 2012’s more famous A Hijacking. He’s back with A War, a film meant to conclude a loose trilogy centered on ‘desperate men in small rooms.’ Reuniting once more with Pilou Asbaek, who’s starred in all three films, as well as Soren Malling, a Danish commander must make a difficult decision when his troop falls under heavy gunfire, ultimately seeing him face war crime charges.

Cast: Dar Salim, Pilou Asbæk, Tuva Novotny

Producers: Nordisk Film Production’s Tomas Radoor and Rene Ezra (Northwest)

U.S. Distributor: Magnolia Pictures.

Release Date: Principal photography seems to have been completed sometime this late fall, with Magnolia Pictures swooping in and grabbing the rights all the way back in May of 2014. With R going to Rotterdam for premiere and A Hijacking in Venice, Cannes seems inevitable considering the timeframe, most likely UCR.


Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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