Documentary - Completed 2018

THEATRE OF WAR is an essay on how to represent war, performed by former enemies. British and Argentinian veterans of the Falklands war come together to discuss, rehearse and re-enact their memories 35 years after the conflict.

& Awards

Berlin European Film Market (EFM) 2018
San Sebastian FF 2018
Zabaltegi - Tabakalera
BFI London FF 2018
Official Competition - Documentary
    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 82 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Lola ARIAS
    • Producer(s)
    • Gema JUAREZ ALLEN (GEMA FILMS), Alejandra GRINSCHPUN (GEMA FILMS), Ingmar TROST (Sutor Kolonko), Bettina WALTER (BWP)
    • Synopsis
    • Theatre of War tells the story of how six veterans from the Malvinas/ Falklands War came together to make a film. Almost thirty-five years after the conflict, three British and three Argentine veterans spent months together discussing their war memories and then rehearsing their re-enactment.

      The Malvinas/Falklands War only lasted seventy-four days, from 2 April to 14 June 1982, but its consequences continue to this day. The war ended with the victory of the British forces and almost a thousand casualties between both sides. But the sovereignty of the islands is still disputed.

      This film is a way of showing the whole social experiment of making an artistic project with one-time enemies of war: the auditions to find the protagonists, the first meetings and discussions with them, the theatrical re-enactments of their memories in different scenarios: a swimming pool, a construction site, a military regiment; and scenes with them being confronted by different people: school children, psychologists, young actors. All these scenes in the film are at the same time authentic and artificial. Sometimes it looks like it’s happening for the first time, sometimes it’s a highly rehearsed situation.

      The film playfully switches between reality and fiction, spontaneity and acting. It explores how to transform a soldier into an actor, how to turn war experiences into a story, how to show the collateral effects of war. The movie brings together former enemies to perform their wartime and post-war nightmares.