Country: Denmark, Estonia, Belgium
Director: Henrik Ruben Genz
Cast: Ulrich Thomsen, Trine Dyrholm, Elias Munk, Anders W. Berthelsen, Sylvester Byder
Genre: drama, war
Runtime: 100 min.
A story about a strong woman in a war who decides to protect her son at any cost
Denmark, summer of 1918. WW1 rages through Europe. Germany is running so low on recruits that young men on the Danish side of the border are now being conscripted. Feldwebel Meyer enrols Kalle, Erna’s 17-year-old simple-minded son. After failing to convince the commanding officer that Kalle is unfit for war, Erna swaps identities with a deserting soldier in order to follow and protect Kalle. Meyer helps Erna in return for the promise of marriage, but in the trenches during an attack where all hope seems lost, Erna gives in to her blossoming love for fellow soldier Anton. Erna at War is the story of a remarkable woman who won’t let war keep her from protecting what she believes in.
Awards & Festivals:
Bodil Award, Nominee – Best Actress
Danish Film Awards (Robert), Nominee – Best Actress, Best Production Design, Best Make-Up, Best Visual Effects
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival – Grand Prize (Best Actor)