Woman at War
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About this movie
From the opening scene—in which 50-ish Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir), choirmaster and stalwart of the community, uses a bow and arrow to destroy an electrical tower—this visually splendid work keeps you deliciously off balance. Halla’s emphatic, clandestine eco-warrior campaign against an energy corporation encroaching on Iceland’s impeccable landscape is decidedly at odds with her day-to-day life—doubly so now that the adoption she applied for some years back has been approved, and a Ukrainian orphan is on the way. With motherhood impending, can she continue her fight, regardless of the possible consequences? Director Benedikt Erlingsson (Of Horses and Men) brings a skewed sense of humour and a remarkable eye for the visually offbeat to bear on Halla’s dilemma. The results netted him the Best Film award at the 2018 Hamburg Film Festival.
‘Delightful… Is there anything rarer than an intelligent feel-good film that knows how to tackle urgent global issues with humour as well as a satisfying sense of justice? Look no further than… Erlingsson’s gloriously Icelandic (for lack of a better adjective), near-perfect follow-up to Of Horses and Men… As he did with Erlingsson’s previous feature, [cinematographer] Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson again proves himself a master of capturing the tranquil beauty of the Icelandic landscape… and the joys of the unexpected.’—Jay Weissberg, Variety