PÖFF : 2020 : BNFF

Erna at War

Local title
Erna on sõjas
Original title
Erna I Krig
Henrik Ruben Genz
Denmark, Estonia, Belgium
Town Hall Square Film Programme

The year is 1918. The Great War is raging through Europe while Erna Jensen tends to her ordinary, tranquil life at home in Bramstrup where she lives with her simple-minded son, Kalle.

That is until the day when everything changes as the village constable Meier shows up to conscript Kalle for military service for the German Empire of which Southern Jutland, at this time, is a part.

Ever since Kalle’s dramatic birth, Erna has promised the Lord that no one should ever be allowed to touch so much as a single hair on the boy’s head and now she has to hand him over to the
German war machine.

Erna realises that if she is to save Kalle from an uncertain fate in the trenches, she must follow him through thick and thin. As fate would have it she rescues a deserting soldier and the two of them swap clothes and identities. Now disguised as Private Julius Rasmussen, Erna heads towards the front. In her encounter with soldier Anton Seiersen, the blacksmith from Jels, new previously unknown sides are awoken in Erna.

PÖFF 2020, Jury Prize for The Best Actor – Ulrich Thomsen

Henrik Ruben Genz
Bo Hr. Hansen, Henrik Ruben Genz
Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, Anders W. Berthelsen, Sylvester Byder
Birgitte Hald, Nynne Selin Eidnes
Jørgen Johansson
Anders Skov
Nimbus Film, Nafta Films, Entre Chien et Loup
Danish, German
Henrik Ruben Genz

Henrik Ruben Genz (snd 1959) lõpetas 1995. a Taani Rahvusliku Filmikooli. Samal aastal pälvis tema „Ristteed“ Müncheni tudengifilmide festivalil parima filmi ja stsenaariumi auhinna. Genzi lühifilmidest on seni edukaim olnud „Vend, mu vennake“ (1998), mis tõi talle Oscari-nominatsiooni ja Berliini festivalil Klaaskaru. Genzi esimene täispikk mängufilm „Just nagu Hodder“ (2003) on võitnud preemiaid mitmel festivalil, sh Chicagos, Londonis, Poznanis ja Zlinis. Genzi järgmised filmid „Hiinamees“, „Hirmõnnelik“, „Satisfaktsioon 1720“ ja „Jumala sõna“ linastusid PÖFFil vastavalt 2006., 2008., 2016. ja 2017. aastal. „Erna on sõjas“ on Genzi kaheksas täispikk film.

Omveje (Cross Roads, 1995), Brormin bror (Theis and Nico, 1998), En som Hodder (Someone Like Hodder, 2003), Kinamand (Hiinamees, PÖFF 2005), Frygtelig lykkelig (Hirmõnnelik, PÖFF 2008), Undskyld jeg forstyrrer (Excuse Me, 2012), Good People (2014), Tordenskjold & Kold (Satisfaktsioon 1720, PÖFF 2016), Gud taler ud (Jumala sõna, PÖFF 2017), Erna i krig (Erna at War, 2020)

Q&A with the filmmaker