Director: Benedikt Erlingsson
Cast:Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, David Thor Jonsson, Magnus Trygvason Eliasen
Runtime: 101 minutes
Country: Iceland, France, Ukraine
As a follow-up to his 2013 film Of Horses and Men, director Benedikt Erlingsson delivers the Cannes ’18 selection Woman at War, a timely film that speaks to social issues with wit and warmth.
Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir) is a middle-aged choir director in a small town, popular amongst her neighbors and respected in the community. Unbeknownst to her fellow citizens, she is also an environmentalist vigilante who destroys power lines in an effort to preserve the beautiful local countryside. Deep in the trenches of her anonymous battle against industrialist destruction, Halla depends on the few solitary sources of support in her life: her identical twin sister (also played by Geirharðsdóttir), a co-conspirator (Jorundur Ragnarsson) who keeps her updated on the movements of the government, and a mysterious local farmer (Jóhann Sigurðarson). Just as Halla begins to ramp up her anti-industrial campaign efforts, she receives entirely unexpected news: an application she made years ago to adopt a child from Ukraine has finally been approved, and she’s about to become a mother.
“Approaching weighty themes with a very light touch, Benedikt Erlingsson's "Woman at War" is an environmental drama wrapped in whimsical comedy and tied with a bow of midlife soul-searching.” - New York Times
“A wry, idiosyncratic comedy that communicates important topical messages while never being less than a joy to watch.” - Globe and Mail