Woman At War 15+, unless accompanied by an adult
“A serious fairy tale told with a smile.” (Benedikt Erlingsson)
Leading Icelandic filmmaker Benedikt Erlingsson (Of Horses and Men) won raves at Cannes for this eco-thriller-musical-comedy drama. It tells the story of Halla, a quiet middle-aged woman who leads a double life as “The Woman of the Mountain,” a passionate environmental activist and saboteur who brings down power lines with her bow and arrow. Halla's surreptitious campaign is called into question when her application to adopt a young orphan is successful. She stages one final attack to deal the aluminium industry a crippling blow, but of course, things never go quite to plan. Intelligent: yes! Socially and politically cogent: yes!! Hugely enjoyable: yes!!!
“Is there anything rarer than an intelligent feel-good film that knows how to tackle urgent global issues with humor as well as a satisfying sense of justice? Look no further than Woman at War, Benedikt Erlingsson’s gloriously Icelandic (for lack of a better adjective), near-perfect follow-up to Of Horses and Men,” (Variety)
Director Benedikt Erlingsson | Producer Benedikt Erlingsson, Carine Leblanc, Marianne Slot | Screenwriter Ólafur Egilsson, Benedikt Erlingsson | cinematographer Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson | Editor David Alexander Corno | Composer Davíð Þór Jónsson | Cast Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson
Benedikt Erlingsson was born in Reykjavik in 1969. He is a director, author and actor. His acting credits include TV series The Eagle (2004) and Lars von Trier’s The Boss of It All (2006). His films as director include the short Naglinn (2008), and features Of Horses and Men (2013) and The Show of Shows (2015).