ARMADILLO


 

The feature-length documentary film “Armadillo”, by Janus Metz and cinematography by Lars Skree is selected for Semaine de la Critique, the distinguished side programme, which seldom includes documentary among its repertoire. ARMADILLO is an upfront account of growing cynicism and adrenaline addiction for young soldiers at war.

Mads and Daniel are on their first mission in Helmand, Afghanistan. Their platoon is stationed in Camp Armadillo, right on the Helmand frontline, fighting tough battles against the Taliban.

The soldiers are there to help the Afghan people, but as fighting gets tougher and operations increasingly hairy, Mads, Daniel and their friends become cynical, widening the gap between themselves and the Afghan civilisation Mistrust and paranoia set in causing alienation and disillusion.

Armadillo is a journey into the soldier’s mind and a unique film on the mythological story of man and war, staged in its contemporary version in Afghanistan. Having been awarded for Semaine de la Critique, Janus Metz is now also a contender for the prestigious Camera d’Or, Cannes Film Festival’s award for best debuting feature film.

 


Awards

Award Year Festivals
Nominated for Cinema for Peace Award for Justice 2011 Berlin, Cinema for Peace 2011
Best Danish documentary:
Janus Metz
2011 Bodil Filmmedarbejderforeningen 2011
Robert, Best Documentary 2011 Danmarks Film Akademi Robert-uddeling 2011
Best Long Documentary 2011 River Run International Film Festival 2011
Audience Prize 2011 Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 2011
Best cinematography:
Lars Skree
2011 Bodil Filmmedarbejderforeningen 2011
Grand Prix de la Semaine de la Critique 2010 Semaine de la Critique, Cannes 2010
Best Documentary Film 2010 Zürich Film Festival 2010
Best Long Documentary 2010 Calgary International Film Festival 2010
Best Sound Prize 2010 Moscow International Film Festival 2-in-1 2010
Best Cinematographer 2010 Moscow International Film Festival 2-in-1 2010
The Grierson Award for Best Documentary 2010 London Film Festival 2010
Nominated for Best European Documentary Film 2010 Berlin European Film Academy Awards 2010
FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

 

San Sebastian International Film Festival 16-09-2016
Message to Man 20-09-2014
Guadalajara Film Festival 01-03-2013
Beijing, Nordox 20-10-2012
Buenos Aires Danish Film Festival 29-11-2011
Brisbane International Film Festival 03-11-2011
Canberra International Film Festival 26-10-2011
Mumbai Film Festival 13-10-2011
Yamagata Int. Documentary Film Festival 06-10-2011
Aarhus, Nordisk Panorama 23-09-2011
DMZ South Korea 22-09-2011
Singapore International Film Festival 15-09-2011
Dokufest Prizren 23-07-2011
Melbourne Film Festival 21-07-2011
Sydney Film Festival 08-06-2011
DOCUMENTARIST Istanbul Documentary Days 31-05-2011
Warszawa, Against Gravity 06-05-2011
Pordenone, Le voci dell’Inchiesta 10-04-2011
Winston-Salem RiverRun International Film Festival 08-04-2011
San Sebastian human rights film festival 08-04-2011
River Run International Film Festival 08-04-2011
Washington DC International Film Festival 07-04-2011
Budapest Titanic International Film Festival 07-04-2011
Istanbul Int. Film Festival 02-04-2011
Wellington, New Zealand Film Festival Showcase 31-03-2011
Wisconsin Film Festival 30-03-2011
Cleveland International Film Festival 24-03-2011
Hong Kong International Film Festival 20-03-2011
Austin, SXSW Film Festival 11-03-2011
ZagrebDox 06-03-2011
Columbia, True/False Film Festival 03-03-2011
Damascus Dox Box Festival 02-03-2011
Belgrade International Film Festival 25-02-2011
Adelaide International Film Festival 24-02-2011
Boulder International Film Festival 17-02-2011
Mexico, Ambulante Gira Documentales 10-02-2011
Danmarks Film Akademi 06-02-2011
Docsbarcelona 01-02-2011
Camden Int. Film Festival 01-02-2011
Amsterdam, IDFA 03-01-2011
Les Arcs European Film Festival 11-12-2010
Jakarta International Film Festival 27-11-2010
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 19-11-2010
Amsterdam, IDFA 18-11-2010
Lithuania Scanorama Film Forum 11-11-2010
Mannheim-Heidelberg, Int. Film Festival 11-11-2010
Montréal Rencontres Int. Du Documentaire 10-11-2010
Sevilla Festival de Cine 05-11-2010
Bratislava International Film Festival 05-11-2010
Denver International Film Festival 03-11-2010
New York, DOC NYC Film Festival 03-11-2010
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 03-11-2010
Moscow International Film Festival 2-in-1 22-10-2010
Sao Paulo Int. Film Festival 21-10-2010
Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animation 18-10-2010
Morelia International Film Festival 16-10-2010
London Film Festival 13-10-2010
Ghent Flanders Int. Film Festival 12-10-2010
Hamburg FilmFest GmbH 30-09-2010
Vancouver International Film Festival 30-09-2010
Calgary International Film Festival 24-09-2010
Bergen Nordisk Panorama 24-09-2010
Reykjavik Film Festival 23-09-2010
Zürich Film Festival 23-09-2010
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival 23-09-2010
Haifa International Film Festival 23-09-2010
Helsinki Film Festival 16-09-2010
Athens International Film Festival 15-09-2010
MilanoFilmFestival 10-09-2010
Toronto International Film Festival 09-09-2010
Baastad Lilla Filmfestivalen 05-08-2010
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 02-07-2010
Semaine de la Critique, Cannes 13-05-2010
Festivals Festival date
Message to Man 20-09-2014
Guadalajara Film Festival 01-03-2013
Beijing, Nordox 20-10-2012
Buenos Aires Danish Film Festival 29-11-2011
Brisbane International Film Festival 03-11-2011
Canberra International Film Festival 26-10-2011
Mumbai Film Festival 13-10-2011
Yamagata Int. Documentary Film Festival 06-10-2011
Aarhus, Nordisk Panorama 23-09-2011
DMZ South Korea 22-09-2011
Singapore International Film Festival 15-09-2011
Dokufest Prizren 23-07-2011
Melbourne Film Festival 21-07-2011
Sydney Film Festival 08-06-2011
DOCUMENTARIST Istanbul Documentary Days 31-05-2011
Warszawa, Planete Doc Review 06-05-2011
Pordenone, Le voci dell’Inchiesta 10-04-2011
Winston-Salem RiverRun International Film Festival 08-04-2011
San Sebastian human rights film festival 08-04-2011
River Run International Film Festival 08-04-2011
Washington DC International Film Festival 07-04-2011
Budapest Titanic International Film Festival 07-04-2011
Istanbul Int. Film Festival 02-04-2011
Wellington, New Zealand Film Festival Showcase 31-03-2011
Wisconsin Film Festival 30-03-2011
Cleveland International Film Festival 24-03-2011
Hong Kong International Film Festival 20-03-2011
Austin, SXSW Film Festival 11-03-2011
ZagrebDox 06-03-2011
Columbia, True/False Film Festival 03-03-2011
Damascus Dox Box Festival 02-03-2011
Belgrade International Film Festival 25-02-2011
Adelaide International Film Festival 24-02-2011
Boulder International Film Festival 17-02-2011
Mexico, Ambulante Gira Documentales 10-02-2011
Danmarks Film Akademi 06-02-2011
Docsbarcelona 01-02-2011
Camden Int. Film Festival 01-02-2011
Amsterdam, IDFA 03-01-2011
Les Arcs European Film Festival 11-12-2010
Jakarta International Film Festival 27-11-2010
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 19-11-2010
Amsterdam, IDFA 18-11-2010
Lithuania Scanorama Film Forum 11-11-2010
Mannheim-Heidelberg, Int. Film Festival 11-11-2010
Montréal Rencontres Int. Du Documentaire 10-11-2010
Sevilla Festival de Cine 05-11-2010
Bratislava International Film Festival 05-11-2010
Doc New York Film Festival 03-11-2010
Denver International Film Festival 03-11-2010
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 03-11-2010
Moscow International Film Festival 2-in-1 22-10-2010
Sao Paulo Int. Film Festival 21-10-2010
Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animation 18-10-2010
Morelia International Film Festival 16-10-2010
London Film Festival 13-10-2010
Ghent Flanders Int. Film Festival 12-10-2010
Hamburg FilmFest GmbH 30-09-2010
Vancouver International Film Festival 30-09-2010
Calgary International Film Festival 24-09-2010
Bergen Nordisk Panorama 24-09-2010
Reykjavik Film Festival 23-09-2010
Zürich Film Festival 23-09-2010
Haifa International Film Festival 23-09-2010
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival 23-09-2010
Helsinki Film Festival 16-09-2010
Athens International Film Festival 15-09-2010
MilanoFilmFestival 10-09-2010
Toronto International Film Festival 09-09-2010
Baastad Lilla Filmfestivalen 05-08-2010
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 02-07-2010
Semaine de la Critique, Cannes 13-05-2010

Reviews

Variety
Shot on a mixture of digital formats (including Red, Canon D5 and DVD Pro HD cameras, per press notes), widescreen lensing credited to Lars Skree has both grit and, in quieter moments, painterly thoughtfulness.

 

http://variety.com/2010/film/markets-festivals/armadillo-1117942790/

Screendaily
“Unsensational and strikingly shot by Lars Skree, Armadillo is both absorbing and thought-provoking; qualities that make it a significant addition to the documentaries on the war on terror.”

 

http://www.screendaily.com/reviews/latest-reviews/armadillo/5014002.article

The Guardian
Photographed with an astonishing mixture of lyricism, acute observation and gut-wrenching immediacy by Lars Skree.”

 

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2011/apr/10/armadillo-review-afghanistan-janus-metz

Afghanistan - Hellman Province. Camp Armadillo. Danish Team 7.