Erna at War

Henrik Ruben Genz, Denmark, 2020

119 min.DK/FeatureHistorical drama

It’s the summer of 1918, and WW1 is shattering Europe. Germany is running low on soldiers and recruits even the misfits. A group of soldiers arrive at Erna’s house to enroll her 17-year-old simple-minded son Kalle to the German war effort. Erna, being certain that Kalle is not fit for war, argues her way to the commanding officer at the barracks where she pushes ardently for Kalle to be discarded. When her request is forcefully rejected, she realises that if Kalle is to be rescued from certain death in the trenches, she must follow him. She cuts her hair and swaps identity with a deserting soldier and so disguised as a private, Erna goes to war.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Erna i krig
Danish title Erna i krig
Other titles Erna at War
Director Henrik Ruben Genz
Screenplay Bo hr. Hansen
Producer Birgitte Hald, Nynne Selin
Appearances Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, Anders W. Berthelsen, Sylvester Espersen Byder
Production country Denmark
Production companies Nimbus Film
Danish theatrical release 29.10.2020
Comment Bo Hr. Hansen and Henrik Ruben Genz wrote the script based on Erling Jepsen’s novel of the same name. Ruben Genz also adapted Jepsen’s work for film in ‘Terribly Happy’ (2007) and ‘Excuse Me’ (2012). Genz worked with Bo Hr. Hansen on ’Word of God’ (2017).
DFI subsidy Markedsordningen


Production companies Nimbus Film


Direction Henrik Ruben Genz


Screenplay Bo hr. Hansen


Producer Birgitte Hald
Producer Nynne Selin


Erna Trine Dyrholm
Appearance Ulrich Thomsen
Appearance Anders W. Berthelsen
Appearance Sylvester Espersen Byder

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