Director: Benedikt Erlingsson Cast: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Roman Estrada, Jörundur Ragnarsson
101 minutes, Iceland, France, Ukraine, 2018, 12A
Meet Halla, a music teacher in her forties. She is a happy, upbeat woman who leads a quiet and routine life. But unbeknown to most she is also ‘The Mountain Woman’: a lone wolf environmental activist who disrupts the operations of an aluminium plant in the Icelandic highlands, by cutting power supply and damaging pylons in acts of industrial sabatogue.
As the authorities intensify their campaign to catch her she recieves an update on a long forgotten adoption application- she has been matched with a four-year-old girl in the Ukraine. Can she reconcile this with her crusade to protect her homeland from big industry or will her efforts destroy her chances of finally becoming a mother?
A funny, moving and utterly unique film.
★★★★ Woman at War is a huge showcase for Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, who brings grit, determination, and quiet charisma to every scene. An engaging curiosity and an absolute joy. Tara Brady, The Irish Times.
Cannes Film Festival 2018
Toronto International Film Festival 2018
BFI London Film Festival 2018
Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2019
Winner – Best Screenplay, Critics’ Week, Cannes Film Festival 2018
Winner – LUX Film Prize 2018
★★★★ a subversive romp that splendidly overturns action-movie cliches… presenting its life-or-death struggles in thrillingly offbeat fashion. Mark Kermode, The Observer.
Carried by a magnetic performance from Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir in a dual role (she plays both Halla and her identical twin sister Asa), Benedikt Erlingsson’s enjoyable follow up to Of Horses And Men is elevated by wryly idiosyncratic flourishes in its execution. Wendy ide, Screendaily
Offbeat, poignant and visually exquisite. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter