International Competition


Janus Metz
Screening time  
01.03. / Utorak, 22:00 - 00:00 Dvorana 2  
03.03. / Četvrtak, 19:00 - 21:00 Dvorana 3  
04.03. / Petak, 20:00 - 22:00 Dvorana 5  
‘Armadillo’ is an upfront account of the growing cynicism and adrenaline addiction of young soldiers at war.

Mads and Daniel are serving their first mission in Helmand, Afghanistan. Their platoon is stationed in Camp Armadillo, right on the Helmand frontline, fighting tough battles against the Talebans. The soldiers are there to help the Afghans, but as fighting gets tougher and operations increasingly hairy, Mads, Daniel and their friends becomes cynical widening the gap between themselves and the Afghan civilisation. Mistrust and paranoia set in causing alienation and disillusion. ‘Armadillo’ is a journey into a soldier’s mind and a unique film on the mythological story of man and war, staged in its contemporary version in Afghanistan.

Janus Metz

Janus Metz was born in 1974, Denmark. He received an MA in Communication and International Development Studies from Roskilde University and has worked as a researcher on documentary film projects. Metz lived in Johannesburg for one year (2002-03), working on a South African drama series, ‘Soul City’. The stay inspired him to make his debut film, the documentary ‘Township Boys’ (2006). ‘Love on Delivery’ (2008) is recipient of two GuldDok awards at CPH:DOX. Succeeding this is ‘Ticket to Paradise’ (2008), selected for IDFA’s Reflecting Images: Panorama, and honoured with a Special Mention at CPH:DOX.

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2010, 101', color, video

Directed by:
Janus Metz

Screenplay by:
Janus Metz

Lars Skree

Edited by:
Per K. Kirkegaard

Uno Helmersson

Ronnie Fridthjof, Sara Stockmann

Produced by:
Fridthjof Film, Auto Images

Festivals & Awards:

Cannes Film Festival 2010 - Critics' Week Grand Prize

Zurich Film Festival - Golden Eye award for best documentary film