Erna at War

  • Feature
  • 2020
  • 100 Minutes
  • Denmark
  • Language: Danish

Denmark, summer of 1918. WW1 rages through Europe. 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. Erna at War is the story of a remarkable woman who won’t let war keep her from protecting what she believes in.

Director: Henrik Ruben Genz

Screenwriter: Bo Hr. Hansen, Henrik Ruben Genz

Production Company: Nimbus Film

Premier Status: National premiere



2020: Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Best Actor

2021: Santa Barbara Int. Film Festival, Valhalla Award for Best Nordic Film/ Istanbul Int. Film Festival

Cast and Crew

Screenwriter: Bo Hr. Hansen, Henrik Ruben Genz

DOP / Camera: Jørgen Johansson

Editor: Anders Skov

Music: Mihkel Zilmer

Sound: Yves Bemelmans, Emmanuel de Boissieu

Producer: Birgitte Hald, Nynne Selin Eidnes

Cast: Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, Anders W. Berthelsen, Sylvester Espersen Byder


Henrik Ruben Genz

Director and screenwriter. Born 7/11 1959. He attended the National Film School of Denmark, graduating with his student film “Cross Roads” in 1995, for which he received Best Film and Script Award at the Film School Festival in Munich. His short fiction “Teis & Nico” (1999) received the Crystal Bear in Berlin and an Academy Award nomination.”Terribly Happy” (2008) winning a remarkable seven honours at the Danish Robert Awards 2009, including for Best Film. Genz directed and “Erna at War” (2020).

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